Legal 500 UK Bar 2018 - South East

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 - South East.




Family & Child Law

Tier 3

Harcourt Chambers has a solid reputation for the ‘depth and breadth’ in its family team, which has seen an uptick in matrimonial finance and private law children work. Public law children cases are a core strength for the group; recent work includes cases of fabricated/induced illness, sexual abuse and international matters. In March 2018 Jane Campbell joined from Six Pump Court.




Frances Judd QC

Tier 1




 "She has an incisive and forensic mind which is deployed in a very personable manner."

John Vater QC

Tier 1


"A class act."

Nicholas Goodwin QC

Tier 1


"A silk who always provides a platinum-level service"

Damian Garrido QC

Tier 1


"He has a commanding court presence; when he speaks, judges listen."

Aidan Vine QC

Tier 1


"Highly experienced in matrimonial finance and children law matters"

Fiona Hay

Tier 1


"Calm, sensible, pragmatic and empathetic"

Jane Campbell

Tier 1


"A sharp advocate on her feet"

Sara Granshaw

Tier 1


"Very experienced in public law children cases."

Louise Potter

Tier 1


"Perceptive and solution-focused"

Douglas Allen

Tier 1


"A very personable barrister"

Simon Miller

Tier 1


"A very eloquent advocate, who can hold his own against silks"

Jonathan Sampson 

Tier 1


"A barrister with an impressive intellect and elegant style"

Edward Kirkwood

Tier 1


"He combines a meticulous eye with an approachable demeanour."

Jason Green

Tier 1


"Very approachable and authoritative; clients warm to him"

Alex Forbes

Tier 1


"His clear and relaxed manner gives clients confidence"

Emily Rayner 

Tier 1




"Her advocacy is calm, persuasive and hits home with judges."


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