Directories - Legal 500 UK Bar 2018 - London Children Law


Harcourt Chambers is well known in London and the South Eastern Circuit as a ‘strong chambers in family law’, with ‘fantastic depth and breadth’. The set reports an uptick in instructions across the board for public and private children law work, including serious physical and sexual abuse, child relocation and abduction matters, as well as matrimonial finance. In 2018 Nick Goodwin QC took over from Frances Judd QC as head of chambers, and Jane Campbell joined from Six Pump Court. The clerks’ room is a ‘well-oiled machine, efficient and professional’. Oxford-based chambers’ director Simon Boutwood and senior practice manager Judith Partington ‘ensure that levels of service never falter, even at their busiest times’. In the words of one solicitor, London practice manager Matthew Molloy and clerk Laurie Amron are ‘like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – the best collaborators, longstanding devotion and in it for the long haul’. Offices in: London, Oxford.

This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Legal 500 UK Bar 2018 - London.





Children law (including public and private law)
Tier 4

Harcourt Chambers is a ‘solid set’ that is renowned for its work in severe cases of physical and sexual abuse and child abduction/Hague Convention cases. Damian Garrido QC successfully represented the father in the Court of Appeal in a dispute about the international relocation of a child.



Frances Judd QC





"A children’s lawyer par excellence who is dogged yet extremely realistic."

Nick Goodwin QC

Tier 3


"An absolutely outstanding advocate"

Damian Garrido QC

Tier 3


"Has an enormous amount of gravitas"

Edward Devereux QC

Tiers (2017 Silks)


"An erudite silk."

Jonathan Sampson

Tier 3


"Has an admirable intellectual grasp of complex issues."

Mehvish Chaudhry

Tier 3


"Stands head and shoulders above her peers."

Emily Rayner

Tier 4


"Emily’s friendly demeanour masks a robust advocate who will really fight for her clients"


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