Directory Comments

Chambers UK Bar 2018

"Respected family law chambers that offers real depth in public law children matters, but also has strength in private law proceedings. Its members are frequently involved in cross-border proceedings and are additionally committed to handling matrimonial finance work on behalf of high net worth individuals."

"Harcourt Chambers is home to an impressive group of family law barristers..."

"...strong reputation for children matters and is regularly sought out for its expertise relating to child abductions and cases of physical and sexual abuse."

"...recommended for its handling of complex financial matters. These encompass trusts, business assets and pension arrangements, and often have an international dimension."

"The clerks are very friendly and helpful. They do their best to try and find suitable counsel and advise on who is best."

Chambers UK Bar 2017

"Family and civil chambers notably handling the most complex public law care and international children work."

"The Harcourt clerks are helpful, great at what they do and are organised. They go above and beyond."

"The set also boasts a team of financial specialists who regularly tackle high-value cross-border cases involving highly complicating factors such as trusts, company arrangements and convoluted pensions provision."

Legal 500 2017

"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."

"A 'top-drawer' set for family work..."

"...Harcourt Chambers is particularly well known for children cases, including physical and sexual abuse and international matters."

"...Financial remedy work is another key area of instruction."

"Harcourt Chambers is well known in London and across the South of England as 'a great specialist family set'"

"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'."

Chambers UK Bar 2016

"a tight-knit team with some extremely smart people."

"a set going from strength to strength that has highly talented silks and highly regarded juniors."

"a rival to the top five in London, with some extremely smart people forming a tight-knit team."

"The clerking is excellent and chambers director Simon Boutwood is particularly fantastic. They are proactive about finding the right counsel and very receptive to clients' needs."

Legal 500 2016

"Harcourt Chambers houses heavy-hitting counsel as well as 'a highly skilled team of clerks'. "

"Harcourt Chambers is an 'excellent family set with depth and gravitas'. It is particularly strong in complex and sensitive children law disputes, including abuse cases. However, other areas of expertise include high-value finance matters and cases with an international element."

The Legal 500 2015

"Highly regarded for family and children law work, this ‘delightful set’ is also adept at handling family-related property cases."

"The barristers have an excellent combination of powerful intellect and the ability to approach a case in a pragmatic and humane way."

"many very intelligent, knowledgeable, articulate and eloquent barristers’ who are ‘willing and able to work at short notice".

"efficient and supportive, going the extra mile when needed"

"This delightful set is adept at handling family-related property cases"

"Senior practice manager Judith Partington and immensely helpful practice manager Matthew Molloy are the key contacts in Oxford and London respectively"

Chambers UK Bar 2014

"The clerks provide an excellent service and will do their utmost to accommodate you in an urgent situation"


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