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 - South Eastern


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  South Eastern.




Family & Child Law
Tier 3












Frances Judd QC
Tier 1


John Vater QC
Tier 1


Nicholas Goodwin QC
Tier 1


Damian Garrido QC
Tier 1



Aidan Vine QC
Tier 1


Fiona Hay
Tier 1


Sara Granshaw
Tier 1


Louise Potter
Tier 1


Edward Kirkwood
Tier 1


Jason Green
Tier 1


Alex Forbes
Tier 1




A ‘top-drawer’ set for family work, Harcourt Chambers is particularly well known for children cases, including physical and sexual abuse and international matters. John Vater QC was part of a team that was involved in a 2016 Supreme Court case considering the proper application of Article 15 Brussels II Revised. Financial remedy work is another key area of instruction.



'She orchestrates a courtroom with ease and charm.’


‘He is fearless and committed to the cases he presents in court.’


‘Very experienced in adoption and serious injury cases.’


‘Unfailingly charming; he has total command over clients and the courtroom.’


‘His advocacy style is pleasant and persuasive.’


‘A first-class lawyer.’



‘Brilliantly clever with a lovely client manner.’


‘Reliable without fail.’



‘His air of composed authority instils confidence.’


‘Keenly intelligent and accomplished on his feet.’


‘Confident and capable in court.’