Deborah Eaton QC

"Deborah Eaton is in a class of her own. There is no one with a greater court presence and she is the best cross-examiner in children proceedings. She is the go-to barrister for children."
Chambers & Partners 2017

A pre-eminent authority in children law for many years, she frequently handles some of the most significant and far-reaching cases in this sphere, including those with an international angle to them. She is also highly respected in the matrimonial finance field, and has tremendous experience in ancillary relief cases and prenuptial agreements.

What the directories say
“outstanding”, “brilliant,  “fantastic” at both finance and children work, “bringing a rigidity of purpose to her cases that few can match”
‘ . . . a splendid silk, she handles both finance and children work and is known for her “thoroughness, brilliant preparation and unsurpassed advocacy.” ‘

“ has a comprehensive understanding of both money and children work and a robust advocacy style”

“a magnet for the heavyweight cases” “a cracking good lawyer and supportive to boot” . “you rarely find a barrister who works as hard as she does and who fights her client’s corner harder”

“hugely experienced and knowledgeable” … “the  primus inter pares of private children work”

Cases of Interest

  • M v F and H 2013 EWHC 1901 (Fam)
  • MK v CK Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 793
  • C v D [2011]EWHC335(Fam)
  • J v S (Leave to Remove) [2011] 1 FLR
  • Re H (Contact) 2010 2 FLR 866
  • EH v Greenwich v AA and A [2010] 2 FLR 661
  • Re J (Costs:Fact Finding) [2010] 1 FLR 1893
  • Re Child X (Media Access) [2009] 2 FLR 1467
  • Re C (Financial Provision) [2007] 2 FLR 13, FD
  • Lauder v Lauder [2007] EWHC 1277 (Fam) [2007] 2 FLR 1095
  • Charman v Charman (Letter of Request) (CA) [2006] 1 W.L.R. 1053
  • Charman v Charman [2006] EWHC 1879 (Fam)
  • Charman v Charman [2007] EWCA Civ 503
  • Re T (Contact: Alienation) [2003] 1 FLR 531
  • Re C (Permission to remove from the Jurisdiction) [2003] 1 FLR 1066
  • W v W and H (Child Abduction: Surrogacy) [2002] 1 FLR 1008

Appointments and memberships

  • Recorder (Crime, Family Private Law & Family Public Law) [2004]

  • Deputy High Court Judge [2011]
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Family Law Bar Association

  • Midland Circuit

  • Inner Temple


  • (BscHons) Psychology and Anthropology
  • Diploma in Law

Scholarships / Awards

  • Horace Avery Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Benefactors Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Elizabeth Nuffield Foundation Scholarship


  • Encyclopaedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters, Wildblood & Eaton(Sweet & Maxwell)