02 August 2021
We are pleased to announce that Craig Vickers is joining Chambers with immediate effect.
26 July 2021
We are pleased to announce that Niamh Daly is joining Chambers with immediate effect.
19 July 2021
We are pleased to announce that Henry Lamb is joining Chambers with immediate effect.
07 July 2021
We are pleased to announce that Charles Geekie QC and Laura Briggs have beeen listed as Top Recommended Barristers in the Spears Family Law Index 2021
13 May 2021
We welcome applications from exceptional practitioners with at least 5 years’ experience practicing in the fields of public law and family finance. We would look favourably on candidates whose practice also includes Court of Protection work.
05 March 2021
The case concerns transparency, and in particular the right of an investigative journalist to have access to all of the documents contained in the court bundle in care proceedings.
21 December 2020
Chambers is delighted to announce that the Queen has appointed Frances Orchover to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon.
17 December 2020
We are delighted to announce that Denise Gilling and Sally Stone will be appointed Queen's Counsel in 2021.
14 December 2020
Join us on the Wednesday 20th January 2021 to find out about 1GC Family Law, the work we do and pupillage at 1GC.
Location: Online - Recording Available
20 November 2020
It is a pleasure to announce that Sally Stone has been recognised as Family Junior of the Year at the Chambers and Partners UK Bar Awards 2020.
05 November 2020
Sharon Segal represented the Association of Lawyers for Children on the Working Group which makes 22 recommendations aimed at reducing expert shortages.
26 October 2020
It is very pleasing to see Chambers as a Top Ranked set in Court of Protection in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.
26 October 2020
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.
26 October 2020
It is very pleasing to see Chambers as a Top Ranked set in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners in three Family Law categories.
12 October 2020
Darren Howe QC receives the first ever FLBA ‘Special Contribution Award’ for his significant work in supporting the Bar with paperless working and Melissa Elsworth is re-elected to the FLBA National Committee.
02 October 2020
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Divorce and Financial Remedy in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.
02 October 2020
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.
02 October 2020
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.
28 September 2020
We are delighted to announce that our clerking team has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Law Awards.
17 September 2020
1GC Family Law Chambers is delighted to announce that Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Andrew Norton QC have been elected Joint Heads of Chambers, with effect from 1 October 2020.
17 September 2020
Thursday 17 September 5.30pm
Surrey Local Family Justice Board invites you to a remote training session on "Managing Fabricated and Induced Illness Cases (FII)."
08 September 2020
We are delighted to announce that our clerking team and four of our members have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Law Awards.
07 September 2020
All at 1GC|Family Law would like to welcome our new pupils, Lucy Bennett and Beth Hibbert.
02 September 2020
1GC|Family Law welcomes Costanza Bertoni and Louise Verroken-Jones as tenants of Chambers, effective on 2 September 2020, following the successful completion of their pupillages.
05 June 2020
1GC Family Law fully supports the Bar Council's statement on equal treatment, the rule of law and inclusion:
04 June 2020
Thursday 04 June - 4:30pm
Anecdotally there are increasing numbers of orders that are not being complied with during lockdown. Elizabeth Hartnett will be discussing whether Hadkinson Orders are a useful weapon of enforcement in financial remedy cases during the pandemic.
28 May 2020
Thursday 28 May - 4:30pm
John Stocker will be talking about how the Thwaite and Barrell jurisdictions might apply to pre-Covid orders and decisions so as to avoid the consequences of executory court orders and decisions that have yet to be drawn up.
21 May 2020
Thursday 21 May - 4:30pm
Private FDRs – for the many not just the few.
18 May 2020
We are delighted to welcome back Elisabeth Andrews, who has recently returned from a few months in Toronto.
14 May 2020
Thursday 14 May - 4.30pm
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic new costs rules have been introduced in financial remedy cases.
07 May 2020
Thursday 7 May 4.30pm
Parties who have resolved their financial remedy claims may now be thinking that the outcome was unfair due to the consequence of the pandemic. Is Covid-19 a Barder event?
06 May 2020
Wednesday 6 May - 4.30 pm
A short webinar which will explain the basics about how to set up a child or finance arbitration and what to expect from the process.
05 May 2020
Tuesday 5 May - 4.30pm - Recording Available
A preliminary exploration as to the development of remote hearings during "Lockdown".
30 April 2020
Thursday 30 April - 4.30pm - Recording Available
Covid-19 and the lockdown have significantly affected company valuations. How we handle existing and future company valuations is now more critical than ever.
28 April 2020
Tuesday 28 April - 4.30pm - Recording Available
Richard Jones and Tom Wilson explore issues relating to intractable child arrangements disputes, including recent developments and what to do when you either suspect there is parental alienation or your client is facing such an allegation.
27 April 2020
Monday 27 April - 5.00pm - Recording Available
The Institute of Family Law Arbritrators and 1GC Family Law invite you to a Webinar, with addresses from both the President of the Family Division and Lord Justice Baker followed by a welcome and introduction by HH Donald Cryan, on Family Arbitration 2020 - Past, Present and Future in the New Normal.
23 April 2020
Thursday 23 April - 4.30pm - REQUEST RECORDING
Anyone contemplating pension sharing at a time when market and pension values have dropped alarmingly needs to act with caution and on an informed basis.
20 April 2020
Monday 20 April - 5.00pm
Andrew Bagchi QC and Malcolm Chisholm of The Court of Protection Team at 1GC Family Law , warmly invite you to a webinar at 17:00 Monday 20 April, to discuss questions arising from the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
16 April 2020
As the economic consequences of the pandemic start to be felt there will be many orders for periodical payments that will immediately become unaffordable. How should parties respond to these changed circumstances and how can disputes best be resolved?
14 April 2020
A rise in domestic violence is an inevitable consequence of lockdown.
26 March 2020
BUSINESS AS USUAL. 1GC Family Law is continuing to operate at full capacity via remote working.
24 March 2020
It may be reassuring to know that the ‘Staying at home’ requirements under the regime announced by the Government on 23 March 2020 do allow one separated parent to leave home to take their children to the home of the other parent.
23 March 2020
We are delighted to announce that, out of a very strong field, Eleri Jones has been awarded the prestigious IAFL European Chapter Young Lawyers Award 2020.
19 March 2020
The President of the Family Division has circulated guidance as to the conduct of business in the Family Justice System in light of the current public health emergency.
06 March 2020
Charles Geekie QC, Sharon Segal and Lucy Maxwell represented Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein in the highly complex children proceedings before the President of the Family Division and Court of Appeal.
04 March 2020
1GC is proud to be at the forefront of paperless training for family lawyers.
Due to demand and previous positive feedback, Darren Howe QC is providing training on 12 and 24 March at 1GC Family Law.
17 December 2019
Rather than sending out Christmas cards in 2019, we made donations to two very worthy charities.
We were proud to support the Family Justice Centre in Croydon and also to help The Richmond Christmas Dinner for care leavers.
09 December 2019
We're hosting a pupillage evening on Thursday, 9 January 2020, between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. The event is now at capacity after being advertised with numerous universities, law schools and the Inns of Court.
However, we have created a waiting list to ensure that those who would still like to attend have the opportunity to come along.
A place on the waiting list can be booked here.
28 November 2019
There were two prestigious accolades for members of 1GC Family Law at the Family Law Awards on 27 November 2019.
11 November 2019
The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon has appointed 24 Deputy High Court Judges, under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, for a single fixed four-year term.
01 November 2019
Janet Bazley QC, one of our joint Heads of Chambers, and Katherine Dunseath have been nominated for Pro Bono QC of the Year and for Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year, respectively.
31 October 2019
Family Law Week has reported that the Privy Council will promulgate its judgment in the cases of C v C on Thursday, 31 October 2019.
18 October 2019
Chambers is delighted to announce that Ruth Henke QC, who practices mainly from 30 Park Place, Cardiff, has joined Chambers as a door tenant.
11 October 2019
1GC Family Law is proud to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK across three practice areas. Our skills in Family: Children, Family: Matrimonial Finance and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare are recognised, with many individual silks and juniors listed.
10 September 2019
We are delighted to announce that Michael Liebrecht, Julien Foster and Matthew Fletcher have been appointed as Recorders with effect from 16th September 2019, all assigned to the South-Eastern Circuit.
04 September 2019
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Andrew Norton QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge, pursuant to s9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981.
02 September 2019
We are delighted to announce that Chambers and eight of our members have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Law Awards.
08 July 2019
We are pleased to welcome back Susan George to 1GC Family Law.
03 June 2019
1GC Family Law welcomes Elisabeth Andrews as a tenant of Chambers, effective on 1 June 2019, following successful completion of her third six pupillage.
28 May 2019
Sam Momtaz QC appointed as the QC member on the Family Justice Council
02 May 2019
Oliver Woolley has recently returned to Chambers after spending the last eighteen months living and working in New York City and has written this short blog upon his return.
09 April 2019
This month’s edition of the Family Law Journal includes an article which is significant for those whose practice includes advising cohabitees. Written by Elizabeth Darlington, door tenant at 1GC|Family Law, and Chris Bevan, Associate Professor in Property Law at Nottingham University.
01 April 2019
Mr Justice Moor commends the use of arbitration to decide the wording of a letter of instruction to an expert and similar issues.
19 March 2019
We are delighted to announce that Andrew Bagchi QC and Malcolm Chisholm will be serving on the committee of the newly formed Court of Protection Bar Association.
14 March 2019
Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of the applicants in the first known case involving an Iranian surrogacy arrangement. Newton J granted the parental order and his judgment has now been published.
25 February 2019
We are delighted to announce that Michael Liebrecht has accepted an appointment as of 25 January to sit part-time in the First Tier Tribunal, HESC, allocated to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
24 January 2019
Thursday 24th January 2019
6.00pm - 8.00pm
At 1GC| Family Law, 10 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
09 January 2019
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chambers Director, Marie-Christine Willis, with effect from 7 January 2019.
08 January 2019
Julien Foster examines good practice, bad practice and the pitfalls when it comes to local authorities and public law children proceedings.
29 November 2018
We are delighted to announce that the 1GClFamily Law clerking team was awarded the accolade “Clerking Team of the Year” at the 2018 Family Law Awards.
12 November 2018
Blog post by 1GC|Family Law pupil Natalie York after attending the recent breakfast seminar held by the Personal Support Unit.
01 November 2018
1GC|Family Law is proud to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2019 edition of Chambers UK across three practice areas. Our skills in Family: Children, Family: Matrimonial Finance and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare are recognised, with many individual silks and juniors listed.
30 October 2018
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.
25 October 2018
We are thrilled to announce that Deirdre Fottrell QC won the “Advocate Bar Pro Bono QC” of the year award at last night’s annual awards.
16 October 2018
We are proud to announce that 1GC|Family Law has been shortlisted in 3 categories in this year's Bar Pro Bono Awards.
01 October 2018
03 September 2018
All at 1GC|Family Law would like to welcome our new pupils, William Vaudry and Natalie York.
03 September 2018
1GC|Family Law welcome Lucy Maxwell and Anna Lavelle as tenants of Chambers following successful completion of their pupillage.
03 September 2018
We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for “Clerking Team of the Year” at the 2018 Family Law Awards.
26 July 2018
Chambers is delighted to announce that Marlene Cayoun has been appointed as junior counsel to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
09 July 2018
On the 25th June Francesca Wiley QC chaired the AGM for Families Need Fathers.
03 July 2018
Following a period of expansion, during which time Chambers has grown to over 81 members including 11 silks, an additional Junior Clerking post has been created in order to assist the Clerks’ Room.
21 June 2018
1GC|Family Law is delighted to announce that Katherine Dunseath has accepted an offer of tenancy.
24 May 2018
Towards the end of last year, Oliver travelled to New York City, taking time away from Chambers, with the goal of being able to gain exposure to the workings and functioning of a US family law system...
09 May 2018
Fareha was called in 1995 and her practice encompasses all areas of Family Law...
11 April 2018
We are delighted to welcome Helen Jefferson and Andrew Venables, former members of Hind Court to 1GC|Family Law. We also welcome David McDonald, who joins us as 1st Junior Clerk.
28 February 2018
Helen was called in 2000 and her practice encompasses all areas of Family Law with a particular emphasis on Matrimonial Finance...
28 February 2018
1GC|Family Law welcome Melissa Elsworth and Annabel Barrons as tenants of Chambers, effective from 1 March 2018...
14 February 2018
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Louise MacLynn are at the Supreme Court today in the case of Williams v LB of Hackney for the Appellants...
01 February 2018
The independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales has been published today. The review was chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, who was supported by a panel of experts including Sam Momtaz QC.
22 January 2018
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Eleri Jones appeared for the successful applicant in a new decision about domicile in respect of international surrogacy applications.
21 December 2017
Chambers congratulates Ian Bugg on his appointment to the Circuit Bench. Ian has been a highly valued member of these Chambers over his 11 Years here and has contributed much to the life and work of Chambers, including, for several years, as our Treasurer.
05 December 2017
Chambers is delighted to have been awarded Family and Children Set of the Year at the Legal 500 2018 Awards.
29 November 2017
1 Garden Court are proud to announce we been shortlisted for The Legal 500 UK 2018 awards with the following nominations:
01 November 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce that Fran Wiley QC and Andrew Norton QC have qualified as accredited Arbitrators.
11 October 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2017 edition of Legal 500, with our skills in all forms of children work being highlighted but also our expertise in Family Law (Divorce and Financial Remedy) as well as Court of Protection and Community Care being recognised, with many individual members being ranked.
02 October 2017
Annabel has joined Chambers from 29 Bedford Row and Melissa from QEB.
28 September 2017
Elizabeth was called in 2005 and is an established Family Finance specialist who represents clients in applications for Financial Remedies on divorce, Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and TOLATA claims.
14 September 2017
Andrew Bagchi QC and Frances Orchover were delighted to join a panel of highly experienced experts in Family Law at the MBE Private Children Law Conference 2017, examining a wide range of important and topical issues in relation to private law children work.
04 September 2017
We are delighted to announce the following nominations for the 2017 Family Law Awards; Janet Bazley QC for Family Law QC of the Year and Tom Wilson for Family Law Young Barrister of the Year.
29 June 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce that in early 2018 we will be moving to exceptional modern, spacious and bespoke premises at 10-11 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
03 May 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared pro bono on behalf of the Applicant, instructed by Goodman Ray solicitors who also acted pro bono. Andrew Norton QC appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
07 April 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Richard Jones in the first case where surrogate retains child.
28 March 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce that Laura Briggs has accepted an offer of tenancy.
23 February 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Thomas Wilson appeared on behalf of the applicant in the case of In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case K)  EWHC 50 (Fam).
22 February 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC led Marlene Cayoun and Georgina Rushworth of Coram Chambers in the Court of Appeal in the matter of Re J (A Child) (Finland) (Habitual Residence)  EWCA Civ 80 about the Court's jurisdiction under Brussels IIA (Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003).
06 February 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce that Charles Geekie QC & Claire Heppenstall are now accredited Arbitrators.
03 February 2017
Janet Bazley QC, Sarah Morgan QC and Marlene Cayoun appeared in the Court of Appeal case of Re S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 44, a decision relating to findings of fact in a long-running private dispute about a child.
27 January 2017
Mark Ablett, one of our pupil Barristers, has an article on a new approach to Costs in Financial Remedy proceedings published in Family Law Week.
12 January 2017
Chambers is delighted to announce the forthcoming appointment of Sam Momtaz as Queen’s Counsel, taking our tally of Silks to 13. The appointment will be effective on 13 February 2017.
30 November 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Gemma Kelly represented the child in an application before the President for recognition of her adoption in India and an adoption order under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
17 November 2016
Charles Geekie QC and Gemma Kelly successfully appealed on behalf of a local authority in the Court of Appeal in Re W (a child) 2016 EWCA Civ 1140.
06 November 2016
Chambers is delighted to announce the nomination of 1 Garden Court's rising barrister Tom Wilson for the selfless and voluntarily Bar Pro Bono Award 2016.
02 November 2016
1 Garden Court is proud to be listed and recommended in the Chambers & Partners Guide 2017.
19 October 2016
1 Garden Court is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for the 'Family Set of the Year’ and Janet Bazley QC 'Family Silk of the Year' at The Legal 500 Awards 2017.
17 October 2016
1 Garden Court is delighted to welcome Olivia Magennis our newest member of chambers. Olivia was called in 2005.
03 October 2016
We are pleased to announce that Luke Eaton has joined chambers as a tenant after successfully completing his pupillage.
20 September 2016
Chambers is delighted to announce the nomination of 1 Garden Court's renowned barrister Deirdre Fottrell QC in the Family category for Silk of the Year.
14 September 2016
Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been ranked once again as a leading Children Law set in the 2016 edition of Legal 500 and, furthermore, that our expertise in Family Law (Divorce and Financial Remedy) has been similarly recognised.
12 September 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of the applicant, Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz acted on behalf of the respondent and Charles Geekie QC and Sharon Segal appeared on behalf of the children's guardian in the case of In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case L)  EWHC 2266 (Fam).
01 September 2016
We are delighted that our barristers, Deirdre Fottrell QC and Sharon Segal have been shortlisted in the Family Law QC and Family Law Junior categories respectively in this years Jordan’s Family Law Awards and Chambers has been shortlisted for the award of Family Law Chambers of the Year.
01 August 2016
Chambers is delighted to announce that Claire Heppenstall is now an accredited Family Finance Arbitrator.
18 July 2016
1 GC is delighted to celebrate the launch, on 18 July 2016, of IFLA’s Scheme for Arbitration in Children Cases.
01 July 2016
Chambers is delighted to announce that Nkumbe Ekaney QC, previously a door tenant, has accepted an offer of full tenancy.
30 June 2016
Landmark surrogacy case where Ms Justice Russell granted the surrogate mother the the care of the young child (Z) with the biological father and his same sex partner being granted contact every 8 weeks for the next 2 years.
22 June 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC acted for the commissioning parents in the case of KB and RJ v RT  EWHC 760
26 May 2016
1 Garden Court would like to congratulate Sam Momtaz for being appointed on to the Independent Review Panel on Sharia Law launched today by the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP.
13 April 2016
Keep an eye out for Tom Wilson's article in the April edition of Family Law.
06 April 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Lucy Sprinz appeared on behalf of the applicant parent and Janet Bazley QC and Sharon Segal appeared on behalf of the children's guardian in the case of In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case G)  EWHC 729 (Fam)
25 February 2016
Jeni Kavanagh acted as junior counsel in this significant case which considers the link between the Family Law Arbitration Scheme and the Arbitration Act 1996 and how that Statute fits in with s25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Agreement cases in family law.
27 January 2016
Janet Bazley QC, Charles Geekie QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Andrew Bagchi QC and Claire Heppenstall have all be notified that they are to be included in the 5th Edition of 'Best Lawyers in the UK,' recognising their expertise in the field of Family Law.
20 January 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC, Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz again appeared for the Learning Disabled parents of D a child, a case in which the President’s earlier decisions have attracted considerable media interest.