1KBW has a pre-eminent reputation in family law, both nationally and internationally. We are consistently ranked by the legal directories in the top tiers of leading sets for family law. Our barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the ground-breaking cases over the last two decades. We also have one of the most innovative and experienced Dispute Resolution teams in the country.

We have a dedicated and professional clerking team, led by our Senior Clerk Chris Gittins, who are able to deal with any case and is widely regarded as one of the most helpful and reassuring clerking teams in the field. Supporting our barristers is a team of fees clerks, administrators, typists and other support staff, overseen by our Chief Executive.

1KBW specialises in family law, and our reputation is founded in this field. In the past, 1KBW has been a general common law set, with an emphasis on family law and criminal law. Our expertise in criminal law has led to a focus on advocacy, in particular trial advocacy, and this is something for which we are well known.

An unrivalled breadth of talent, with leading practitioners at every level of seniority.

As well as some of the most eminent practitioners at the family bar, former members of 1KBW have included Baroness Hale, the first female President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court, Lord Justice McFarlane, Mrs Justice Parker and numerous leading members of the judiciary.

Our commitment to excellence

This has long been recognised and in the recent past we have been awarded:

Family and Children QC of the Year 2019 (Philip Marshall QC) – Legal 500
Family Law Junior of the Year 2019 (Harry Oliver) – Chambers & Partners
Family Law Junior of the Year 2018 (Deepak Nagpal) – Chambers and Partners
Family Law QC of the year 2016 (Charles Howard QC) – Chambers and Partners
Top ranked chambers UK Bar 2016 – Chambers and Partners
Top Tier chambers 2015 – Legal 500
Family Law QC of the Year 2016 (James Turner QC) – Jordans
Family Law chambers of the year 2014 – Chambers & Partners
Family Law chambers of the year 2014 – Jordans
Family Law QC of the year 2014 (Deborah Eaton QC) – Jordans
Family Law Junior of the Year 2013 (Harry Oliver) – Chambers and Partners

What the legal directories say

An exceptional set…an excellent group of barristers with considerable expertise in both children and family finance matters…the go-to chambers because of its strength in depth and wide breadth of knowledgeLegal 500 2017

Clients highlight the set’s ‘breadth of experience’ and the ‘extremely high standard’ of its workChambers & Partners 2017

an unrivalled breadth of talent, with leading practitioners at every level of seniority – Chambers & Partners 2016

The best chambers for both children and finance workLegal 500 2015

Particularly renowned for its excellent Juniors who are bright and hard workingLegal 500 2015

at the forefront of family law … an excellent set” – Legal 500 2014

the actual and future heavyweights of the Family Bar – Chambers & Partners 2014

leading set for abduction and private law children work. – Chambers & Partners 2013

Very strong offering of barristers at all levels – Chambers & Partners 2012

Impressive collection of juniors … always good on their feet – Chambers & Partners 2012

A fantastic set of chambers with excellent barristers at all levels.
Legal 500 2011

This set offers a breadth of talent in both matrimonial finance and children work – Chambers & Partners 2011

The actual and future heavyweights of the Family bar



Family Set of the Year 2014
Chambers & Partners
Top Tier Chambers
2015, 2016, 2017
Legal 500
Family Law Silk of the Year, 2016 Charles Howard QC
Chambers & Partners
Top Ranked UK Bar Chambers 2016, 2017, 2018
Chambers & Partners
QC of the Year 2016
James Turner QC
Jordans Family Law
Family Law Junior of the Year, 2018, Deepak Nagpal
Chambers & Partners

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