Harcourt Chambers is delighted to have been ranked as a top tier set by the Legal 500


8th Oct 2020 | News


Legal 500 Top Tier Set 2021We are delighted to have been ranked as a top tier set in The Legal 500 where Harcourt is described as “a formidable set armed with fantastic advocates.” Each of Harcourt’s six QC’s have been ranked highly in addition to twenty six juniors who are ranked across children and money work.

We offer our particular congratulations to those who have gained a new ranking: Julia Shillingford and David Marusza (South Eastern – Divorce and Financial Remedy), Martha Gray (South Eastern – Child Law) and Edward Bennett and Rob George (Children Law).

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We are delighted to announce that Matthew Stott has joined Harcourt Chambers 

Matthew is a family law specialist with extensive knowledge and experience across all fields of family law. He is regularly involved in complex care cases for local authorities, parents and guardians. He has been involved in cases concerning infant deaths, shaken babies, fabricated illness, serious sexual and physical abuse, honour based violence including attempted assassination, forced marriage, unlawful removal from the jurisdiction, serious neglect and cases involving breaches of Human Rights. 

Matthew’s arrival further strengthens our team of experienced, specialist family practitioners, supporting our growing workload and reputation in the field. 

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In this final judgment, it was decided by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, that although breaches of AAR 2005, reg 15/17 had occurred, an application for a declaration as to the validity of existing placement orders or adoption orders was not required or appropriate, because (a) such orders…

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