Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 - South East

Harcourt Chambers 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’. Chambershas 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


This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 - South East.



Family & Child Law

Tier 2












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.



Nicholas Goodwin QC

Tier 1


A tenacious and meticulous counsel with superb knowledge of children and family law

John Vater QC

Tier 1


A real trooper: he has guts and will fight for his clients.

Damian Garrido QC

Tier 1


A leading expert on international children law.

Aidan Vine QC

Tier 1


A good strategic thinker with excellent attention to detail and client care.

Fiona Hay

Tier 2


Recommended for high-value financial remedy cases

Jane Campbell

Tier 1


A tenacious negotiator who empathises with clients.

Sara Granshaw

Tier 1


Gives pragmatic and sensible advice.

Louise Potter

Tier 2


‘A go-to junior for sensitive cases.’

Douglas Allen

Tier 3


Particularly recommended for settlement negotiations.

Simon Miller

Tier 1


An experienced, well-prepared and forensic advocate.

Jonathan Sampson

Tier 2


A safe pair of hands with a reassuring manner with clients

Cecilia Barrett

Tier 2


Straight-talking and down-to-earth; develops a good rapport with clients.

Edward Kirkwood

Tier 2


His eye for detail is second-to-none.

Jason Green

Tier 2


Adept at handling both finance and children matters.

Alex Forbes

Tier 2


Thorough, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate.

Emily Rayner

Tier 2


An unflappable advocate who instills confidence in clients.


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