When disputes between parents become very difficult, and the court takes the view that the voice of the child or children cannot be properly represented by either of their parents, the court can take the decision to give such children their own representation, usually, through a rule 16.4 Guardian. Sometimes a child is also able to instruct lawyers directly without the need for a Guardian.

Members of Chambers of all seniority are regularly instructed to act on behalf of children through their rule 16.4 Guardians, and directly, in private law proceedings to ensure that children have an independent voice amongst the disagreement between their parents.

We have significant experience in undertaking complex and lengthy fact find hearings and final hearings over a number of days and are adept at cutting to the core of the issues in order to reach the best outcome for the child. We understand the significance of the role of the Guardian when the criteria for appointment under rule 16.4 have been met.

Members of our private law team have considerable experience of working directly with children of varying ages who are competent to give instructions and can accompany them to meet with Judges in order to express their wishes and feelings about what should happen. We appreciate the need to ensure that children have a clear understanding of the Court process and the potential consequences of their instructions. We provide sensitive and attuned advice to children, taking into account their emotional intelligence and maturity.

For help and advice please contact our clerks.

Our clerking team is renowned for its friendly and pro-active approach.


Call: 020 7353 6961
Email: clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Barristers

Nick Goodwin QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2014

John Vater QC MCIArb

Call: 1995 Silk: 2012

Karl Rowley QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2013

Damian Garrido QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2015

Julia Cheetham QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2015

Aidan Vine QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Edward Devereux QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Jonathan Sampson QC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2020

June Rodgers

Call: 1971

Alicia Collinson

Call: 1982

Jane Campbell

Call: 1990

Sara Granshaw

Call: 1991

Douglas Allen

Call: 1995

Simon Miller

Call: 1996

Matthew Brookes-Baker

Call: 1998

Oliver Wraight

Call: 1998

Cecilia Barrett

Call: 1998

Andrew Leong

Call: 1998

Edward Kirkwood

Call: 1999

Helen Little

Call: 1999

Margaret Styles MCIArb

Call: 2000

Craig Jeakings

Call: 2000

James Turner

Call: 2001

Jason Green MCIArb

Call: 2001

Julia Shillingford

Call: 2002

Alex Forbes

Call: 2003

Suzanne Syme MCIArb

Call: 2004

Alison Williams

Call: 2004

Frances Harris

Call: 2005

Kit Firbank

Call: 2005

Chloe Wilkins

Call: 2006

James Dove

Call: 2006

Alex Perry

Call: 2007

Siân Cox

Call: 2008

Stephen Crispin

Call: 2008

Mehvish Chaudhry

Call: 2008

Vicky Reynolds

Call: 2008

Sara McIlroy

Call: 2008

Emily Rayner

Call: 2009

Victoria Flowers

Call: 2009

David Marusza

Call: 2009

Annie Sayers

Call: 2009

Justine Ramsden

Call: 2010

Anna Yarde

Call: 2012

Maria Scott-Wittenborn

Call: 2012

Martha Gray

Call: 2012

Elisabeth Wickham

Call: 2012
Eleanor Howard

Eleanor Howard

Call: 2012

Emma Gatland

Call: 2013

Oliver Powell

Call: 2013

Rob George

Call: 2013

Edward Bennett

Call: 2013

Mavis Amonoo-Acquah

Call: 2013

Naomi Scarano

Call: 2014

Curtis Ball

Call: 2015
Hannah Windmill

Hannah Windmill

Call: 2016

Kate Ferguson

Call: 2016

Ethan Connor

Call: 2017

Natasha Miller

Call: 2017

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