2 Harcourt Buildings
London EC4Y 9DB
Dx 373 LDE
Tel 0844 561 7135

Churchill House
3 St Aldates Courtyard
38 St Aldates, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 0844 561 7135

Directories - Legal 500 2016  London


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Legal 500 2016.


With a reputation that spans London and the south of England, Harcourt Chambers is ‘a reliable set of family law experts with breadth of experience at all levels’. Members ‘never let you down’ and are ‘very approachable’. In fact, one solicitor says ‘I would be loathed to instruct another set of chambers’. The clerks ‘run a tight ship’ and ‘could not be more helpful’; ‘they are able to provide the best service because they are very customer-focused’. Particular praise is directed at chambers director Simon Boutwood, who ‘manages the set with a calm and steady manner’, and ‘goes to great lengths to ensure you obtain the best barrister for the case’. He is ably assisted in Oxford by senior practice manager Judith Partington, who is ‘a great asset to chambers’, providing ‘fantastic client care’. In London, practice manager Matthew Molloy is ‘lovely to work with’ and ‘really on top of his game’. Offices in: London, Oxford.







Children law  (including public and private law)   Tier 4











Frances Judd QC

Tier 2


Edward Devereux

Tier 3


Jonathan Sampson

Tier 4


Mehvish Chaudhry

Tier 3



Emily Rayner

Tier 4



Harcourt Chambers houses heavy-hitting counsel as well as ‘a highly skilled team of clerks’. Recent Supreme Court cases for chambers include J (a child), which raised questions of whether an international child abduction counts as an urgent matter under the Hague Convention, and B (a child), which was a same-sex marriage custody dispute.




She always has the ear of the court in care cases.’


‘Robust, hardworking, talented and intellectually curious.’


‘Provides clients with a very positive experience, 


‘She is extremely talented and simplifies complex areas of international child abduction law.’


‘She is kind and considerate to clients and provides well-thought-out, thorough advice.’