Chambers UK Bar 2019 South Eastern Family/Matrimonial


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Chambers UK Bar 2019.




Band 1

Harcourt Chambers a full-service team of family law barristers operating out of London and Oxford. It is renowned for its expertise in children law cases concerning serious allegations including non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse and child abduction. Members are adept at dealing with complex medical evidence and international issues. The set is also respected for its advocacy in financial cases, including those with trust, pension and business complexities.

Client service
"The clerks are approachable, flexible, attentive, accommodating and respectful. They go beyond the call of duty to ensure that appropriate counsel is made available." "They are really friendly and accessible." Simon Boutwood is the chambers director.


Frances Judd QC

Band 1

An expert in private and public children law, Frances Judd QC handles cases relating to a wide range of matters including surrogacy, parental responsibility, sudden infant death and sexual abuse. She is much admired for her knowledge of international and domestic relocation law, and is regularly instructed by guardians, parents and local authorities.


"She is easy to get along with and builds strong working relationships with everyone in her case. She commands enormous respect from judges and that is enhanced by her attractive advocacy style. She is at the top of the children advocacy pyramid." "Her knowledge is phenomenal and her ability to relate to clients has always impressed me."


John Vater QC

Band 1

Focusing on public children law matters, Vater is particularly adept at handling sensitive cases containing complex medical evidence. He is skilled at representing local authorities and parents in cases concerning relocation and surrogacy, while also taking on private international adoption work.


"His advocacy is excellent and his strategy is second to none." "He thinks through his cases very carefully and puts enormous effort into his work." "Very personable."


Nick Goodwin QC

Band 2

An extremely experienced silk who regularly handles public and private children law proceedings. He is highly regarded for his participation in cases concerning non-accidental injury and infant fatalities, while also advising adopters and local authorities in international adoption cases.


"Extremely skilled in court. He is very well respected by the judges and his drafting is impeccable." "Clients feel very confident in him. He is well prepared and has exceptional knowledge."


Aiden Vine QC

Band 2

A distinguished advocate who is experienced in matrimonial finance and children cases, including many with an international character. He has appeared with regularity in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and also lectures and publishes on family law matters.


"His client care skills are exemplary and his knowledge of intricate legal issues is excellent." "A very skilled advocate in court." "He has a quick mind and the ability to think on his feet."


Fiona Hay

Band 1

Senior junior who is esteemed for her expertise in financial relief and particularly sought after for her knowledge of cases involving pensions. She has published a popular handbook on the subject. In addition to appearing as an advocate she sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.


"Accessible, personable and fiercely intelligent." "She is really experienced and has a tremendous intellect. Her legal knowledge is excellent." "Calm, measured and solution-focused. Judges like her. She is lovely and thoughtful with clients."


Jane Campbell

Band 3

Widely respected for her expertise in financial remedy and Children Act proceedings, she has also been appointed to sit as a Deputy District Judge.


"A dedicated advocate who is willing to go the extra mile." "Incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. She is excellent in cross-examination and in her closing argument."


Louise Potter

Band 3

Noted for her ability to resolve high-value financial disputes, through both litigation and out-of-court negotiation. She also advises on public and private law matters concerning children.


"She has a fantastic manner with clients and is very good at getting to the root of the issue." "Her attention to detail is really strong." "She deals well with sensitive cases that require careful handling and is always able to achieve imaginative outcomes."


Jonathan Sampson

Band 1

Maintains a vibrant public and private family law practice encompassing high net worth finance cases, involving significant trust and business assets, as well as cases relating to children and vulnerable adults. His work often has an international element. He undertakes a significant amount of appellate advocacy and has appeared in the Court of Appeal on numerous occasions.


"A superb advocate who operates like a Rolls-Royce. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and procedure." "A good strategist who is always a couple of stances ahead."


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Tel 0207 353 6961


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38 St Aldate's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 01865 791559


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