23 April 2020
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.
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.
27 March 2020
Steven Ashworth represented the mother in the Court of Appeal, concerning disclosure from care proceedings to the police following a fact-finding hearing which addressed serious brain injuries sustained by a baby. Sam Momtaz QC led Steven at the 3 week fact-finding hearing.
27 March 2020
Richard Jones acted for the father in a parental alienation case where the mother was unable to promote a relationship between Father and daughter; the care of the child was transferred to the father.
26 March 2020
BUSINESS AS USUAL. 1GC Family Law is continuing to operate at full capacity via remote working.
26 March 2020
We have had numerous enquiries about arbitration, particularly in light of the imminent expansion in scope of the IFLA ...
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 parents 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.
12 March 2020
Charles Geekie QC is named Lawyer of the Week in The Times newspaper today. Charles represents Her Royal Highness Princess Haya in the highly complex children proceedings before the President of the Family Division.
06 March 2020
Deirdre Fottrell QC, Thomas Wilson and Marlene Cayoun have all acted for the children, through their Children’s Guardian, in the ongoing proceedings between His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Princess Haya bint Al Hussein. They were instructed by CAFCASS Legal.
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.
02 March 2020
Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Richard Jones appeared in the Court of Appeal in I (Children: Child Assessment Order)  EWCA Civ 281 (28 February 2020) , a case regarding the correct test for the making and use of s.43 Children Act Child Assessment Orders in radicalisation cases.
03 February 2020
On 10 January 2020, Susan George successfully defended a placement application. Judgment was provided on 27 January 2020. Susan acted for the father of a child known as A.
27 December 2019
In a case heard in the Court of Appeal, B (Secure Accommodation Order), Re (Rev 1)  EWCA Civ 2025 Denise Gilling was part of the legal team who acted on behalf of the intervenors concerning an appeal refusing a secure accommodation order for a fifteen year old girl. The case is an important decision which comprehensively analyses the law pertaining to secure accommodation orders.
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.
27 November 2019
Laura Briggs represented the family of British children who were orphaned and had been located in Syria. The children have subsequently been returned to the UK.
25 November 2019
The Court of Appeal clarifies that the inherent jurisdiction is not available where the 1996 Hague Convention applies. Deirdre Fottrell QC and Eleri Jones acted for the successful appellant in Re I-L  EWCA Civ 1956.
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.
03 October 2019
1GC|Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2020 edition of Legal 500.
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.
02 September 2019
We are delighted to announce that Chambers and eight of our members have been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Law Awards.
14 August 2019
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of a non-party foster carer in a successful application to terminate the appointment of a Children’s Guardian within care proceedings concerning a child placed in her care.
14 August 2019
Deirdre Fottrell QC appeared on behalf of the applicants and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of the first and second respondents in this case concerning the revocation of an adoption order.
12 August 2019
Sharon Segal acted pro bono on behalf of the Applicants, and Deirdre Fottrell QC acted on behalf of the children, through the children’s guardian, in this case concerning the circumstances in which the court will make a Parental Order...
08 July 2019
1GC Family Law is delighted to announce that Elpha LeCointe will join Chambers with immediate effect.
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.
16 May 2019
Francesca Wiley QC appeared on BBC Radio 4 with host Philippa Perry discussing the increasingly recognised phenomenon of Parental Alienation, the psychological manipulation of children during divorce.
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.
25 March 2019
We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Hartnett has been appointed as Deputy District Judge.
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.
29 January 2019
Olivia Magennis considers the decision in A v C and the application of Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), Practice Direction 12J (PD 12J) to interim contact decisions in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse.
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.
04 December 2018
Chambers is delighted that 1GClFamily Law has been shortlisted in three categories at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.
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.
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.
11 January 2016
It is with great pleasure that we announce the forthcoming appointment of Andrew Norton as Queen’s Counsel.
Chambers congratulates Deirdre Fottrell QC on her recognition as Family Silk of the Year 2019 by Chambers and Partners UK. The award was announced at the Chambers UK Bar Awards on 31st Oct 2019.
Francesca Wiley QC acted successfully on behalf of the Applicant Father and Elpha Le Cointe appeared on behalf of the NYAS Guardian in a case of suspended residence transfer and parental alienation. Since the judgment, the children have enjoyed equal time with their father and mother as stated in the Order.
Alison Ball QC, leading Gemma Kelly and Andrew Bagchi QC, represented the parents who were the successful appellants in the Court of Appeal in a decision handed down on 14 November 2019.
Tom Wilson acted for the children in PQ v RS and others (Legal Parenthood: Written Consent)  EWFC 65, which concerned consent to legal parenthood.
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.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has today reported to Her Majesty that the appeal in the matter of C v C should be dismissed. Deirdre Fottrell QC and Eleri Jones were part of the respondent’s successful team. This is an interesting private international law case about recognition of foreign orders and concepts of parentage under the children law in Jersey in relation to financial provision for children.
Sam Momtaz QC acted on behalf of foster carers who were seeking to adopt the subject child. Mr Justice Francis gave important guidance on what a Local Authority must do when seeking to obtain the birth parents consent to adoption.
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.