Harcourt Chambers shortlisted for the Family Law Awards 2021


6th Sep 2021 | News


We are delighted to announce that Harcourt Chambers and two of our members have been shortlisted for awards at this year’s Family Law Awards:

The Family Law Awards are being on Wednesday 24 November 2021. For further information, including the full shortlist, click here.


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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. 

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