Harcourt Chambers ranked as a top tier set by the Legal 500


30th Sep 2021 | News


We are delighted to have been ranked as a top tier set in The Legal 500 where Harcourt is described as ‘an excellent set with an impressive pedigree in family law work’. Each of Harcourt’s six QC’s have been ranked highly in addition to twenty four juniors who are ranked across children and money work.

We are particularly pleased to announce those who have gained a new ranking: Aidan Vine QC, Alex Forbes and Matthew Brookes Baker (Child Law – Midlands) and Emma Gatland and Eleanor Howard (Family and Child Law – South Eastern).

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