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Stephen Trowell KC
Call
1995
Silk
2015
020 7797 7070
trowell@1hc.com

We are delighted to announce Stephen Trowell KC's appointment as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, effective from 1st October 2021.

"Thorough, quick to respond and adaptable, working all hours if necessary."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

'Stephen is a hard-working and dedicated barrister.'

Legal 500 2023

Deborah Bangay KC
Call
1981
Silk
2006
020 7797 7070
djb@1hc.com
  • Financial Remedies
  • Jurisdiction disputes
  • Schedule 1 claims
  • Pre & post nuptial agreements
  • Inheritance claims    
Nigel Dyer KC
Call
1982
Silk
2006
020 7797 7070
dyer@1hc.com

Star Individual - Chambers and Partners, 2022 “An expert in multi-jurisdictional divorce who has led landmark cases in the area. He has particular interest in cases with complex asset tracing and business structures. Dyer is …..renowned for his experience as a private FDR judge.”

Leading Silk - The Legal 500, 2022

Ann Hussey KC
Call
1981
Silk
2009
020 7797 7070
hussey@1hc.com

"A tenacious, hard-working practitioner."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"A tough negotiator and a gifted communicator. Clients have complete confidence in her."

'Ann is very experienced and is very good with clients with a lovely manner.'

Legal 500 2023

Nicholas Cusworth KC
Call
1986
Silk
2009
020 7797 7070
cusworth@1hc.com

"He's pragmatic, excellent at cross-examination and someone who knows how to lead a case."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"One of the top financial silks at the money Bar. He is the complete package: outstanding judgement; first class advocacy skills; a powerful, authoritative court presence; and a great bedside manner with clients."

Legal 500

Richard Todd KC
Call
1988
Silk
2009
020 7797 7070
rtqc@1hc.com

Richard enjoys the unique distinction of having twice been made Chambers and Partners’ Family Law Silk of the Year. He won this in 2010 / 11 and again in 2013 / 14. He is also the only specialist matrimonial Silk, still in practice, to have been nominated for The Lawyer’s overall barrister of the year.

John Wilson KC
Call
1981
Silk
2011
020 7797 7070
jaw@1hc.com

"A thoughtful, calm advocate who performs well in the High Court. An incredibly bright, charming barrister who gives good advice on property-related issues in family cases."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

 

Tim Bishop KC
Call
1991
Silk
2011
020 7797 7070
bishop@1hc.com
  • A market leader in top-level financial cases on divorce
  • One of only 3 "star individuals" in Chambers and Partners 2018 for matrimonial finance
  • Habitually instructed by magic circle firms
  • Specialist in financial work for 20 years
  • Regularly appears in high-profile cases
Justin Warshaw KC
Call
1995
Silk
2015
020 7797 7408
clerks@1hc.com

"He's a good details person and brings this cerebral, intellectual approach to his advocacy."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"A silk who combines strong forensic skills with the ability to argue any point from any angle. He has the ear of the judge."

Legal 500

Geoffrey Kingscote KC
Call
1993
Silk
2017
020 7797 7070
Kingscote@1hc.com

"He is well prepared, easy to deal with and incredibly knowledgeable. A thoughtful advocate who's good at untangling knotty problems."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

Nicholas Yates KC
Call
1996
Silk
2018
020 7797 7084
yates@1hc.com

"He's hugely knowledgeable and quick on his feet."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"Nicholas is calmness personified. He is strategically excellent, and can explain complex legal concepts to lay clients in a clear and effective way."

Legal 500

Simon Webster KC
Call
1997
Silk
2020
020 7797 7070
webster@1hc.com

"He's all over the detail of cases and has a real recognition of how those details interplay with strategies."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"He has a brilliant ability to present the most difficult arguments in an effective, eloquent and persuasive way."

Legal 500

Rebecca Carew Pole KC
Call
1999
Silk
2020
020 7797 7070
carewpole@1hc.com

Focuses her matrimonial practice on contested financial disputes, mostly for high net worth clients. She additionally handles complex financial remedy applications for notable individuals, and is at home undertaking complex jurisdiction disputes.

Strengths: "A force of nature who commands absolute confidence when you instruct her." "She gives sensible advice and will do her best to help her clients." "She knows where a case will go and how a judge will react, and assists clients with the next steps in a personable, friendly way."

Legal 500

‘A fabulously thorough silk. She is pragmatic when it is needed, and has a great client manner.’

‘Her written work is second to none and when on her feet she blazes a trail behind her. She is a force to be reckoned with whether in the negotiation room or the courtroom. Judges adore her clear presentation. She makes everything sound simple however difficult it may be.’

'Rebecca brings a breath of fresh air, especially to a big and complex financial remedy case. She prepares each case diligently and can certainly think outside the box. She is particularly good at providing reassurance to nervous clients.'

 

Nichola Gray KC
Call
1991
Silk
2021
020 7797 7070
gray@1hc.com

"She is able to strike up an instant rapport with clients, who do not doubt for a moment that she will fight their corner to the end."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

'Nichola is intelligent, hard working, and her documents are always immaculately prepared.'

Legal 500 2023

Juniors

Nicholas Carden
Call
1981
020 7797 7070
carden@1hc.com

Nicholas has practised as a family law barrister for over 30 years. He is experienced in every type of case.

Gavin Smith
Call
1981
020 7797 7070
smith@1hc.com

"Because he's experienced at running arbitrations, he's got more of a relaxed approach which goes down well. He does an awful lot of preparation beforehand and comes up with his own ideas and solutions, which is good when you're dealing with polarised parties."

"An extremely detailed, thorough and experienced ADR practitioner."

Christopher Wood
Call
1986
020 7797 7070
wood@1hc.com

Christopher’s practice consists mainly of complex financial claims, involving companies, farms, offshore trusts, and conflicts of law.

Emma Sumner
Call
1999
020 7797 7070
sumner@1hc.com

“A brilliant junior who is always on top of her game. Has expert legal knowledge and a genuine interest in the client.”

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"She has an incredible grasp on complex facts, and her written work is flawless."

'Emma is bright, articulate and has a wonderful bedside manner. Her case preparation is meticulous, and she has excellent judgement. Her service delivery is first rate.'

Legal 500

Professor Rebecca Bailey-Harris
Call
2000
020 7797 7070
bailey-harris@1hc.com

"Rebecca is approachable and puts in the preparation to ensure she knows the case inside-out. She is a force to be reckoned with around the negotiation table."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

‘An outstandingly bright junior.’

Legal 500

Eleanor Harris
Call
2000
020 7797 7070
harris@1hc.com

"Eleanor Harris is calm with clients and offers clear advice. She looks at the bigger picture but will also do everything possible to achieve good outcomes."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Tom Carter
Call
2001
020 7797 7070
carter@1hc.com

"A strong advocate who is robust and meticulous in his approach."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Rachel Spicer
Call
2002
020 7797 7070
spicer@1hc.com

"She is knowledgeable, hard-working, patient with clients and focused. Rachel puts her argument forward concisely and coherently in court, and she is always available and responsive."

 

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Christian Kenny
Call
2003
020 7797 7070
kenny@1hc.com

"Calm and clear in his approach, and someone with a brain the size of a planet."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Jude Allen
Call
2004
020 7797 7070
allen@1hc.com

"She's user-friendly, thorough and bright."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"A junior who presents cases in a succinct, compelling manner and works magic with judges. She is firm but supportive with clients and gets to the key issues of a case. A fantastic advocate."

‘Jude is a fantastic advocate. She gets to the crux of the issues in a case and communicates those to the tribunal effectively with skill and intellect. She is excellent in cross-examination.’

Legal 500

Richard Sear
Call
2005
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

"A superstar who is a good strategic thinker and whose opinion is respected."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"A stalwart senior junior who is respected by the judiciary."

Legal 500

Nicholas Wilkinson
Call
2006
020 7797 7070
wilkinson@1hc.com

Nicholas has been shortlisted as a finalist for Family Law Junior Barrister of the year.

 

"Compassionate, calm, concise and a man with an incisive mind."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"He is a charming and intelligent barrister, brilliant at cross-examination, and is great with both the details and the bigger picture."

'Nicholas is fantastic, a great advocate and a wise advisor. He is polished yet pragmatic, tenacious but also empathetic. He is a first class lawyer"

Legal 500 2023

Katherine Cook
Call
2007
020 7797 7070
cook@1hc.com

 

“An extremely capable barrister possessed of a good manner with clients, who gives solid, dependable, real world advice. She’s very easy to work with and is a very effective, tenacious advocate.”

“She has great knowledge and is a breath of fresh air in court”.

Chambers and Partners 2023

 

 

"Katherine is superbly organized, has a razor sharp brain and is a brilliant advocate. She provides clear and robust advice and has excellent client skills.”

'Katherine's preparation is vey impressive. She is always more than fully up to speed and plans proper reading and preparation time ahead of a conference or a hearing. Her client care skills are top-notch.'

Legal 500 2023

Madhavi Kabra
Call
2008
020 7797 7070
mk@1hc.com

"Well prepared and tenacious, she is compassionate and understanding of everyone's circumstances in the case." "She's thoughtful, measured and analytical."

Chambers & Partners 2022

Phillip Blatchly
Call
2008
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

 

"Phillip Blatchly has fire in his belly and works hard. He is very clever and is a very fluent court performer. He has good negotiation skills too."

 

Chambers & Partners, 2023

 

"Philip is very polished and very client focussed.  He'll go the extra mile and will fight and will fight tooth and nail"

Legal 500 2023

Kyra Cornwall
Call
2011
020 7797 7070
cornwall@1hc.com

"Has the ability to handle a huge volume of information, distil it down and get to the crux of the matter. She handles difficult opponents well and instils confidence in clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 

"Kyra has a very sharp mind and is completely unflappable, which reassures her clients."

Legal 500

Lily Mottahedan
Call
2011
020 7797 7070
mottahedan@1hc.com

"Her written work is immaculate and her advocacy is compelling"

Chambers and Partners, 2023

'Lily is a skilled advocate. She is eloquent, articulate, forceful, robust and pragmatic. She is a go-to junior on all matrimonial finance disputes.'

Legal 500

Joshua Viney
Call
2013
020 7797 7070
viney@1hc.com

“He is tenacious, extremely personable and has an excellent rapport with clients, who appreciate his determination to do the best for them.”

"Excellent at putting clients at ease and giving them confidence. He also comes up with creative solutions."

"Joshua Viney is a real, spirited fighter for the client's cause. He is massively conscientious, down on the detail, and will fight any fight for you."

"He offers solid advice outside of court, and is clear, pragmatic, direct and knowledgeable."

"Joshua is an absolutely brilliant junior barrister. He is a confident advocate and does not shy away from the fight."

Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards 2023 – Nominated for Junior Barrister of the Year

Citywealth Future Leaders Awards 2023 – Nominated for Barrister of the Year

Thomas Harvey
Call
2013
020 7797 7070
harvey@1hc.com

"Tom is one of the best family juniors at the moment. He is well prepared and all over the detail, and also makes very good strategic calls. He is hugely intelligent and handles clients well."

Chambers and Partners 2024

Ben Wooldridge
Call
2013
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

“A very safe pair of hands, who is excellent on the detail.” “He has a brilliant technical mind, but is able to convey his views to the client in an easily translatable way.” “Ben has an eye for detail and is an excellent and tenacious advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

James Webb
Call
2015
020 7797 7070
webb@1hc.com

James has been described by Chambers & Partners as a “smooth advocate” with “notable experience in complex financial remedy cases”.

Georgina Howitt
Call
2016
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Roxane Reiser
Call
2017
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

‘She is an expert on jurisdiction.’
‘Roxane deals with complex matters elegantly. She knows when to apply a light touch and when to come down with a hammer, both in and out of the courtroom.’

Chambers & Partners 2024

Kate Strange
Call
2018
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Florence Jones
Call
2018
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

Junior

Henrietta Boyle
Call
2019
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Edward Benson
Call
2019
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Henry Pritchard
Call
2020
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Lydia Newman-Saville
Call
2020
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com
Mia Purdy
Call
2021
020 77977070
clerks@1hc.com
Anastasia Gilfillan
Call
2021
020 77977070
clerks@1hc.com

Anastasia joined Chambers in October 2022 after completing her pupillage under the supervision of Phillip Blatchly, Jude Allen and Joshua Viney. She is building a broad practice and accepts instructions in all areas of private family law, including financial remedies, private children work, and applications under the Family Law Act 1996.

Prior to joining chambers, Anastasia worked as a paralegal at a leading specialist family law solicitors’ firm in London.

During pupillage, Anastasia assisted her supervisors and other members of Chambers on various high-value financial remedy cases, including in the High Court, undertaking bank account analyses, reviewing disclosure and assisting on the preparation of court documents.

During her studies, Anastasia volunteered for the Free Representation Unit, The Schools Consent Project and The Unity Project.

Calum Smith
Call
2021
020 7797 7070
csmith@1hc.com

Calum completed his pupillage in October 2023 under the supervision of Tom Harvey, Jude Allen and Josh Viney.

Calum has quickly developed a broad and busy practice covering all areas of family law. During his pupillage, he worked closely on cases at all levels from the County Court, to the Court of Appeal and has been instructed in his own right in financial remedy cases with assets as high as £5m.

Despite a particular focus on financial remedy work, Calum accepts instructions in applications brought under TLATA and the Family Law Act 1996 and has extensive experience in private children disputes.

Prior to joining chambers, Calum worked as a paralegal at a specialist family law firm in London. Before that, he was a fee earner at a high street firm in Merseyside for a number of years.

In addition to his practice, Calum delivers seminars to firms across the city.

Calum continues to volunteer at the East Greenwich Legal Advice clinic and is a frequent contributor to the Financial Remedies Journal.

Christie O'Connell
Call
2022

Christie joined Chambers in October 2023 after completing her pupillage under the supervision of Rachel Spicer, Kyra Cornwall and Ben Wooldridge. She is developing a broad practice and accepts instructions across the spectrum of private family law, including financial remedies, private children work, TLATA, and applications under the Family Law Act 1996.

During pupillage, Christie assisted on a number of high value financial remedy cases, including in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She regularly undertook bank account analyses, reviewing disclosure and assisting on the preparation of court documents.

Christie is a regular contributor to the Financial Remedies Journal website, in which she provides summaries of recent cases of interest. She also undertakes pro bono work with Advocate, the Bar’s national pro bono charity.

During her studies, Christie worked as an advocate representing clients in disability-focused welfare applications.

Clerks

Steve McCrone
020 7797 7070
steve@1hc.com

Senior Clerk

As senior clerk, Steve has overall responsibility for the strategic management, development and marketing of all members of chambers. In addition to the day to day clerking duties, he also provides clients with advice on suitable counsel with regard to seniority, suitability and fees at all levels.

Michael Lay
02077977070
mike@1hc.com

First Junior Clerk

Together with his colleagues, he is responsible for the management and development of the Barristers practices. He has the day to day overall responsibility for negotiating and billing the Barristers work, assigning cases and diary management, as well as assisting with other aspects of Chambers Management.

Daniel Barnett
020 7797 7070
daniel@1hc.com

First Junior Clerk

Dan joined Chambers in 1998 and, along with his colleagues, is responsible for the management and development of members’ practices.

Ryan Titmarsh
020 7797 7070
ryan@1hc.com

Second Junior Clerk

"Ryan Titmarsh is the second junior clerk and is very impressive. The clerks in general are user friendly and nice. They are very reasonable about the fees. They were very good about [a specific case]. They were very professional and easy to deal with. Particularly, Ryan is very impressive. "

Charlie Parish
020 7797 7070
clerks@1hc.com

Clerk

Olivia Angus
0207 797 7070
Clerks@1hc.com

Olivia joined Chambers in June 2023 after completing her Psychology degree at King's College London.

Ben Saunders
020 7797 7070
Clerks@1hc.com

Ben joined Chambers in August 2023 after completing his Marketing degree at Nottingham Trent University.