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 UK Bar 2017 - London


Harcourt Chambers is well known in London and across the South of England as ‘a great specialist family set’, hosting ‘a great mix of knowledgeable silks and bright and ambitious juniors’. Members have expertise in children law work, including serious physical and sexual abuse, shaken baby syndrome and child relocation/abduction matters. International family law work is another key area. Simon Boutwood is an ‘exceptionally effective’ chambers director, ably assisted in Oxford by senior practice manager Judith Partington, who is described as chambers’ ‘secret weapon’ and ‘a brilliant clerk’. London practice manager Matthew Molloy ‘would never let you down’. Offices in: London, Oxford.


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Legal 500 UK Bar 2017 -London.




Children law (including public and private law)

Tier 4







Frances Judd QC
Tier 2


Damian Garrido QC
Tier 3


Edward Devereux QC
Tier 1  (2017 silks)



Jonathan Sampson
Tier 3


Mehvish Chaudhry
Tier 3


Emily Rayner
Tier 4


Harcourt Chambers has ‘great strength in depth’, and clerks who are ‘without exception responsive, pragmatic and available’. Members have strengths in cases involving shaken baby syndrome, relocations and abductions.



‘She orchestrates a courtroom with such ease and charm.’


‘A measured a forceful advocate, who is good at reassuring clients.’


‘He has a compelling style of advocacy, which is delivered with sheer eloquence.’


‘He is a formidable opponent and clients really like him.’


‘A passionate advocate, who fights hard for her clients.’


‘She is direct, approachable, sensible and a safe pair of hands.’