Chambers UK 2020

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.

We are delighted to be described as displaying ‘demonstrable strength when assisting children, parents and local authorities in leave to remove and abduction cases, as well as serious abuse issues and inquiries.’ Chambers UK remarks, ‘the set also has recognised expertise in representing businesspeople, shareholders and high-value individuals in a broad range of financial proceedings, often involving offshore or undisclosed assets. Its members are also trained in arbitration and have FDR experience.’ Sources have described 1GC Family Law as a ‘friendly, client-focused, and professional set’ with members who ‘give great client care and are knowledgeable and tactically astute.’ ‘They never let you down.’

Chambers UK highlights 1GC Family Law’s skill in Court of Protection work, noting that Chambers is ‘regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, as well as several NHS trusts, local authorities and family members of incapable individuals in a wide range of health and welfare cases. The set's barristers are called upon to act for clients in complex and sensitive disputes across England and Wales, and frequently appear in the High Court in London. Members are able to draw on the set's notable strength in family law when acting in cases involving forced marriages, while additional areas of expertise for the team include withdrawal of medical treatment disputes, residence challenges and deprivation of liberty cases.

Our clerks room too has received excellent, well-deserved recognition, with one source saying “the clerks are excellent and will move mountains for you. They respond immediately and will give you their mobile numbers so that you can always get an answer from them. In addition, you can always rely on what they tell you. They never sell barristers ahead of protecting the needs of our clients – if a barrister is not right for a case they'll say it. All of them really understand the process of what the instructing solicitor has to do for the client.

Chambers would like to congratulate Charles Geekie QC and Deirdre Fottrell QC for their ranking as ‘Star Individuals’. In addition, we wish to congratulate Janet Bazley QC, Sarah Morgan QC, Nkumbe Ekaney QC, Andrew Bagchi QC, and Sam Momtaz QC on being individually ranked Silks and David Burles, Pamela Warner, Alev Giz, Malcolm Chisholm, Catherine Jenkins, Claire Heppenstall, Susan George, Sally Stone, Duncan Watson, Daisy Hughes, Sharon Segal, Helen Jefferson, Louise MacLynn, Laura Briggs, Richard Jones, Matthew Fletcher, Penny Clapham, Gemma Kelly, Lucy Sprinz, Katherine Dunseath and Eleri Jones on their listings as leading juniors. We also commend Marlene Cayoun and Thomas Wilson on their listings as ‘Up and Coming’.

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