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Members of Chambers are experienced in dealing with all aspects of Family Law, covering Children (Public and Private), Civil Partnership and Cohabitation Disputes, Divorce and Matrimonial Finance (financial remedy) and injunctions.

Our expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
  • Care Proceedings – representing Local Authorities, Guardians and Parents and other family members
  • Child Support Act 1991
  • Contact Disputes – child arrangement orders
  • Divorce
  • Financial Provision for Children
  • Financial Remedy
  • Freezing Injunctions and Urgent Applications
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Inherent Jurisdiction Proceedings in Relation to Children (Wardship)
  • International Child Abduction and Applications for leave to remove from the Jurisdiction
  • Paternity Disputes
  • Protection from Harassment Act Proceedings
  • Residence Disputes – child arrangement orders (orders as to with whom a child should live and what time they should spend with each parent)
  • (Part IV) Family Law Act 1996 Proceedings


Becket Chambers is now able to offer a full family law arbitration service. Our arbitrators are qualified under the Institute for Family Law Arbitrators Scheme in relation to both Family Finance and the new Children scheme. Family arbitration is a highly flexible and effective method for dealing with family disputes, whether this is for the Continue reading

Children – Private Law (CAP)

Becket Chambers provides advice and representation in all cases concerning the arrangements for children (formerly known as contact and residence). Our experienced Family Law team frequently deals with disputes between parents or other family members where contact has broken down. We act in cases where parents have separated or are in the process of separating, Continue reading

Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

Our Barristers have significant experience in cases involving property and financial disputes where the parties’ relationship means that divorce and matrimonial finance law doesn’t apply (eg they are not married). These cases nearly always fall under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA). Where a relationship has broken down but the parties Continue reading

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

The Family Finance team at Becket Chambers specialises in all aspects of matrimonial and family finance, from cases concerning modest assets through to high value cases. Members have considerable experience in dealing with injunctive relief, businesses, trusts, third party interests and cases involving an international dimension. Our members regularly deal with applications for financial provision for children Continue reading

Family Injunctions

Members of Becket Chambers’ Family team have extensive experience of cases involving injunctions, whether stand-alone or as part of a more wide-reaching case relating to the welfare of children, or matrimonial finance. The need for an injunction might arise as a result of allegations of domestic violence and/or an application for one of the parties Continue reading

Public Law Children

Our Barristers have extensive experience of acting on behalf of parents, children, relatives, guardians and local authorities in care, placement and adoption proceedings; and our expertise includes local authority duties, wardship and use of the inherent jurisdiction. We have specialists in areas including the most severe cases of physical and sexual abuse, and in dealing Continue reading

Collaborative Law

When a couple separates, traditionally they will each see their own lawyer for independent legal advice.  They will attempt to resolve matters through their lawyers, usually through correspondence (the exchange of letters). Where that fails, families often find themselves asking the family courts to decide on matters affecting their family and/or finances. Working collaboratively means Continue reading

Case Studies

Family Articles

Magna Carta – A non-starter

Introduction As August turns into September and children up and down the country return to school, I thought it might be interesting to consider a subject which put me in mind of my own school days. Whilst dealing with a Family Law Act application, a member of Chambers had to grapple with an unusual defence Continue reading

Issues of consent in fact-find hearing

In December 2019 Ms. Justice Russell DBE heard an appeal from a fact-finding hearing that took place in private law Children Act proceedings at the Central Family Court in London in the summer of 2019. Her judgement was given in January 2020 and is reported as JH v. MF [2020] EWHC 86 (Fam). The case Continue reading

Legal 500, 2018 guide

We are pleased to announce that we have been recommended as a leading regional set in the Legal 500, 2018 guide. “Family law is the keystone area of expertise at Becket Chambers; members represent local authorities, children, guardians and parents in TOLATA cases, family finance matters and public and private children law, with an increase Continue reading

Duties towards litigants-in-person: a timely reminder

Peter Jackson J has used a recent case to remind practitioners of the need to adapt normal working practices when dealing with a litigant-in-person. The case, reported as Re B (Litigant in Person: Timely Service of Documents) [2016] EWHC 2365 (Fam), involved the alleged abduction of a child.  The father was represented, the mother was Continue reading

Blog: Family Law: Court Bundles – A Warning

In the Law Society Gazette 22nd June 2015, an article was written at page 20 on the current position for court bundles. It is ESSENTIAL reading for solicitors and litigants in person preparing bundles for court. In brief summary, the current position is thus: There is no concept of a single core bundle with supporting Continue reading

Family Testimonials

“I would like to thank you and your colleagues for your professional handling of my case.

Your prompt communication felt very reassuring and it was pleasure to speak to you on all occasions.”

Miss M instructing Kevin Jackson through the DPA scheme – October 15