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The Legal 500 2020

1GC|Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2020 edition of Legal 500. Chambers’ comprehensive approach to family law issues is demonstrated in our rankings for three separate areas: Children Law, Family Law (Divorce and Financial Remedy), and Court of Protection (Community Care). The talent of our members is reflected in the high number of individual rankings of QCs and juniors across these three practice areas.

We are delighted to be described as having ‘unparalleled strength across the board’ with ‘genuine stars at every level’. Our clients and solicitors say that chambers ‘take pride in their work’ and ‘forge excellent relationships’ in order to ‘provide clear advice and pragmatic solutions’ to all types of case.

Chambers’ Children Law practice has ‘set a new gold-standard at the family bar’, and boasts ‘many excellent QCs and advocates of a high standard throughout’. Joint heads of chambers Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC are both ranked tier 1 silks in this practice area. Legal 500 also recognises 1GC|Family Law’s Court of Protection credentials, noting Chambers as ‘excellent for cases where this is a cross-over between Court of Protection and Family Law issues’. Attention is drawn to Chambers’ specialism in representing 16-17 year olds who lack capacity and who are emerging from the care system or are otherwise in crisis. Chambers’ growing strength in Family Law (Divorce and Financial Remedy) has also received praise: a ‘superb and very reputable chambers experience in family law. The quality of its work is excellent’.

Having won ‘Clerking Team of the Year’ at the Family Law Awards in 2018, the clerking team continues to be recognised for its excellence. The ‘Rolls-Royce service’ is at an ‘incomparable level’, provided by ‘some of the best clerks around’ who are ‘fantastic ambassadors for their tenants’ and ‘a dream to work with’. Senior Clerk Paul Harris is a ‘stellar example of what a senior clerk should be’.

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

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