Harcourt is delighted to announce new rankings

11th Oct 2019 | News

We are delighted to announce that we now have 18 rankings in Chambers UK Bar and 26 rankings in Legal 500.

We are described by the directories as being ‘the number 1 set for children work, both domestic and international’, ‘A respected family set which remains a popular choice for high-profile children matters.’ and, which offers ‘a wide choice of very high-calibre advocates providing clear and accurate advice and great advocacy’.

As well as excelling in children law, a number of our highly respected members are ranked in Legal 500 – Divorce and Financial Remedy in London, recognising our increasing reputation and workload in this field.

We are particularly pleased to announce several members who have been ranked for the first time in addition to those whose rankings have improved:

  • Emily Rayner (Chambers UK Bar) ‘She does exemplary preparation but it’s backed up with very clear and concise advocacy. She’s laser-sharp and knows when to stop, which isn’t something everybody else knows how to do.” “She offers outstanding client care and the full grasp of legal principles.’
  • Cecilia Barrett (Legal 500) ‘Straight-talking and down-to-earth; develops a good rapport with clients.
  • Michael Gleeson (Legal 500) ‘Prepares meticulously and works incredibly hard – he is a thorough and effective advocate.

Do you have a similar case?

If you would like some help or advice, talk about a similar matter, call our clerks on 020 7353 6961.


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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