Harcourt is a leading specialist family law chambers.
Our barristers have reached the highest levels in the profession; we are home to some of the leading silks in the country, and former members now occupy some of the highest levels of the judiciary. Our barristers have accumulated a wealth of experience appearing in all courts and have appeared in many of the leading and most important family law decisions of recent years in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Many of our team bring their experience of sitting as part-time judges (Deputy District Judges, Recorders and Deputy High Court Judges) to their advocacy.
We were recognised as “Family Law Chambers of the Year – London” at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2018 and “Family Set of the Year” at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016. Harcourt has been ranked as a leading set in both Chambers UK Bar, which says “the set is full of talent, from top to bottom” and Legal 500 UK Bar which describes us as having “very intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate and eloquent barristers.”
Our reputation is built not only on our skills as advocates, but also on our ability to provide an efficient and approachable service to our professional and lay clients. Alongside legal expertise, Harcourt provides a highly responsive, friendly clerking service, ensuring that instructing solicitors and clients have early access to the most appropriate representation.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality, most cost efficient, and easily accessible legal advice, representation and service to individuals, organisations and our professional clients.
In recognition of our commitment to providing the highest standards of advocacy and service to our clients we have received a number of important industry awards in recent years:
A respected family set which remains a popular choice for high-profile children matters. Individuals here have practices that encompass the full range of public and private law cases, and handle matters with both domestic and cross-border issues. Chambers has great strength in serious adoption and abuse cases, and its members are noted for assisting parents, children and local authorities with grave matters, many of which involve medical evidence. Harcourt Chambers also houses practitioners with experience in matrimonial finance cases, a number of which concern high-value assets.
Client service: The clerks are “friendly and offer an excellent service.” They are “helpful and always able to assist.” Matthew Molloy is the senior practice manager.
Chambers UK Bar 2019 – South Eastern Circuit
A top set offering strong capabilities across the range of family and matrimonial matters operating out of both London and Oxford. Its barristers handle highly complex children cases that cover both public and private law, including those involving allegations of abuse. It also fields expertise in high-value matrimonial finance matters. “The set is full of talent, from top to bottom,” comments an interviewee.
Client service: “The clerks are really helpful and really approachable, and they’ll always try to help. They go out of their way to find someone for me.” “Simon Boutwood is the head clerk, and he’s brilliant and client-focused.”
Harcourt is ‘the number 1 set for children work, both domestic and international’, which offers ‘a wide choice of very high-calibre advocates providing clear and accurate advice and great advocacy’. When it comes to family law, the set has ‘a number of first-class barristers whose rates are more reasonable than some chambers which are better known for finance work’. Chambers has a ‘very organised and approachable’ Oxford office. In recent news, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court and Victoria Flowers has joined from Field Court Chambers. The clerks are seen as ‘friendly, hardworking, and go out of their way to assist instructing solicitors’. Simon Boutwood is the chambers director, Judith Partington the senior practice manager in Oxford, and Matthew Molloy the senior practice manager in London. Offices in: London and Oxford
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 – London
Harcourt Chambers has a ‘very solid and dependable range of barristers’ who are all considered by clients to be ‘talented and hardworking.’ Chambers is recognised for its work on severe cases of physical as well as sexual abuse and child abduction/Hague Convention cases thanks to having a ‘number of excellent cross-border children specialists’. Frances Judd QC has recently been assigned to the Family Division of the High Court.
The Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 – South East
Specialist family set Harcourt Chambers is well-known for its wide range of ‘formidable advocates’ at all levels of call. The set covers every aspect of family work, but is particularly formidable in high-value matrimonial finance and complex public law children work. Members have recently appeared in high-profile cases concerning fabricated/induced injury, sexual abuse, international abduction and undisclosed assets, among many others. Previously the head of chambers, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court.