Directories - Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 - London Children Law


Harcourt Chambers is ‘the number 1 set for children work, both domestic and international’, which offers ‘a wide choice of very high-calibre advocates providing clear and accurate advice and great advocacy’. When it comes to family law, the set has ‘a number of first-class barristers whose rates are more reasonable than some chambers which are better known for finance work’. Chambershas a ‘very organised and approachable’ Oxford office. In recent news, Francis Judd QC has been elevated to the Family Division of the High Court and Victoria Flowers has joined from Field Court Chambers. The clerks are seen as ‘friendly, hardworking, and go out of their way to assist instructing solicitors’. Simon Boutwood is the chambers director, Judith Partington the senior practice manager in Oxford, and Matthew Molloy the senior practice manager in London. Offices in: London and Oxford

This is a summary of chambers' rankings in Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 - London.




Children law (including public and private law)
Tier 3

Harcourt Chambers has a ‘very solid and dependable range of barristers' who are all considered by clients to be 'talented and hardworking.’ Chambers is recognised for its work on severe cases of physical as well as sexual abuse and child abduction/Hague Convention cases thanks to having a ‘number of excellent cross-border children specialists’. Frances Judd QC has recently been assigned to the Family Division of the High Court.




Nick Goodwin QC

Tier 3




Is very approachable, calm under pressure and a formidable advocate.

Damian Garrido QC

Tier 3



Edward Devereux QC 

Tier 3


Is a measured and confident advocate and is always calm and collected.



Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and distils complex cross border issues quickly.

Jonathan Sampson

Tier 3


A great advocate.

Mehvish Chaudhry

Tier 3

Is a real fighter but knows just how to pitch a case; she isn’t unnecessarily aggressive but will fight her client’s case.


Emily Rayner

Tier 4

'A calm but persuasive advocate.


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