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The Legal 500 2019

1GC|Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2019 edition of Legal 500, with our skills in all forms of children work being highlighted and also our expertise in Family Law (Divorce and Financial Remedy) as well as modern families, Court of Protection and Community Care being recognised, with many individual members being ranked. 

We are very pleased to be described as an ‘exceptional set of chambers, which always strives to ensure the client not only receives a high level of service, but that there is continuity of counsel throughout a case’.

Chambers is regarded as being in ‘a class of its own’, ‘renowned for its expertise in child care law work’ with ‘an extensive knowledge base in all aspects of family law’, including finance matters. 1GC|Family Law is described as ‘a breath of fresh air’, compared to other heavyweight chambers. Our clients say that ‘from their real baby juniors to QCs, the quality of work they produce is fantastic. They are clearly led by some excellent heads of chambers and silks whose work ethic, ethos and attitude has rubbed off on all junior tenants.’

We are praised for our ‘thriving Court of Protection practice that is regularly instructed by local authorities, family members and the official solicitor.’ and our members have ‘particular expertise in the protection of the vulnerable from forced marriage, serious medical treatment issues and damages for breaches of human rights.’

In our distinguished Family Law practice, we are acknowledged as ‘Strong at both silk and junior levels’, 1GC|Family Law is an ‘excellent family law set that will continue to grow its presence over the next few years. Members advise on the full array of matrimonial proceedings, from complex business and trust structures through to jurisdictional and enforcement issues.’

Our clerks’ room is aptly recognised for working ‘cohesively and proactively’ to ‘inspire confidence’ for both instructing solicitors and clients. ‘Nothing is ever too much trouble’ for our clerks who are ‘honest, approachable and hardworking’. Senior Clerk Paul Harris is described as ‘a fantastic leader’, ‘one of the best clerks in London’ and ‘runs a tight ship’ and third junior Austen Eckford-Soper as ‘a natural talent.’

Joint Head of Chambers Charles Geekie QC said “The past year has seen a highly successful move to our excellent new premises.  We are delighted to see that this is reflected in a review commenting positively on our collegiate ethos and noting us to be a set that ‘will continue to grow its presence’ in all aspects of family law.”

Chambers would like to congratulate Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC, Alison Ball QC, Susan Jacklin QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Andrew Bagchi QC, Francesca Wiley QC, Deirdre Fottrell QC, Sam Momtaz QC and Jane Crowley QC on being individually ranked Silks and David Burles, Pamela Warner, Alev Giz, Malcolm Chisholm, Claire Heppenstall, Duncan Watson, Daisy Hughes, Sharon Segal, Helen Jefferson, Laura Briggs, Philip Perrins, Richard Jones, Steven Ashworth, Penelope Clapham, Lucy Sprinz and Eleri Jones are all listed as leading juniors.

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