Harcourt is home to some of the UK’s leading advocates in Private Law Children work and is recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as one of the leading sets in this area.
We are widely known as a leading set in all aspects of private law work, both in London and the regions, with particular expertise in complex case. Our members have a distinguished reputation in the field of private law disputes concerning the care and upbringing of children and our team offer a breadth of expertise and experience, at all levels of call – from leading to junior counsel – across the range of possible disputes. We have extensive experience of private law cases at all levels of court from the Magistrates Court through to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Our Private Law Children team is focused on providing clients with the highest level of expert advice and advocacy in each case. Our members provide insightful, sympathetic and practical advice, both in writing and in conference.
Our barristers are regularly instructed in intractable contact disputes and cases concerning allegations of parental alienation, domestic abuse, coercive control, and allegations of the utmost seriousness at the intersection with public law. Our members act for all parties, including mothers, fathers, grandparents and children. We regularly represent vulnerable parties and those with mental health problems. As home to one of the leading International Family Law teams in the country, we are able to bring this considerable expertise to private law disputes with an international dimension.
We also offer private and alternative dispute resolution through arbitration and early neutral evaluations. This is as a response to the increased pressures on the court system and can ensure every family receives a bespoke solution which works for them.