4PB has a distinguished history as a leading set of specialist family law barristers providing practical, expert legal advice, and including effective and assured advocacy, in all practice areas of family law. Our size, practice range, reputation and expertise are unrivalled and mark us out as unique amongst our competitors.
Solicitors say of the barristers that they are "very innovative in their approach and very holistic in their advice."
Chambers UK 2014
What the market says:
Chambers has won a large number of prestigious awards, including leading legal publisher, Jordan's ‘Family Law Chambers of the Year Award’ in 2013 & 2011. Our work has been recognised by leading legal directories like the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as representing excellence, with 29 members recommended in all areas of family law.
Chambers & Partners 2014 "This set houses a wealth of talent and has firmly established itself as a leading set for family law." Solicitors say of the barristers that they are "very inovative in their approach and very holistic in their advice"
What we do:
We specialise in family law, and any relevant area of law that relates to family matters. Our barristers deal with all aspects of the law connected with relationship breakdown, including separation, divorce, civil partnerships, and their financial consequences, such as matrimonial finance, ancillary relief, family financial settlements, such as money and property.
We are also known for our work in child law, such as Children Act proceedings, and in children-related conflicts and disputes, such as child care, residence and contact issues, the international movement of children, and visitation rights to/for children living abroad.
Many of the most serious, sensitive and significant family cases are undertaken by members of 4PB, from all sections of society, and instructions are received from clients ranging from government departments and local authorities, to individuals, ranging from celebrities, to parents trying to prevent children from being taken into care.
Causes we support
A kidspace provides a child centred support service for children who are experiencing family breakdown. They run workshops specifically designed for children aged 7 – 16 and use creative and innovative activities in their workshops to encourage children to express their feelings.
The London Legal Support Trust
Each year a team of walkers from chambers enters the London Legal Walk to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
These agencies do a fantastic job in preventing homelessness, resolving debt problems, gaining care for the elderly and disabled and fighting exploitation.
This year the 4PB team raised just over £2000.
We are well located in attractive premises in an historic building in the Inner Temple. The Royal Courts of Justice, the Principal Registry of the Family Division and other London courts are easily accessible.
Communication is central to our ethos. Clerks can connect solicitors and counsel anywhere in the world by telephone. Conference facilities can be made available at short notice to clients needing urgent face to face advice. Telephone and Skype conferences are also available.
Chambers has a well-integrated and extensive network of legal information resources, both electronic and in traditional law library form, with online access to both all major legal databases and to the outstanding facilities offered by the Inns of Court.
The Clerking and Administrative Team
Michael Reeves leads a dynamic, dedicated, and well-organised clerking team. As the interface between client and barrister, our clerks always seek to provide a quick response to any query.
Chambers 2014 particularly praises the clerking team "They have the best clerks in the business - their clerking is head and shoulders above the rest"
Clare Bello, our excellent practice manager, is responsible for the administration, financial management, premises and facilities, IT and aspects of marketing.
BarMark as a sign of excellence
We were one of the first sets in the country to receive the Bar Council’s quality assurance mark, BarMark, as a seal of excellence, which we continue to demonstrate in both administration and advocacy in our work as specialist family lawyers.
Our barristers play a leading role in the development of our profession, and family law generally, through their membership of various specialist associations, including both the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children.
Members are also active in the Employment Law Bar Association and the Employment Lawyers' Association.
They are also active in the Commonwealth Legal Association, International Bar Association, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Several members are also actively involved in the Bar Council either as elected members or as co-opted specialist advisers.
Publications and Continuing Professional Development
Our barristers write regularly for the legal, specialist, local authority and mainstream http://www.4pb.com/media, and provide insightful, practical, and relevant lectures of topical interest to solicitors, both in private practice or in-house, regional Resolution committees and family law groups.
Chambers has also established its own annual lecture series providing essential legal and procedural updates, as well as networking opportunities to meet our barristers on a more informal basis.
Equality and Diversity
Chambers is committed to equality of opportunity and to compliance with the Bar Standards Board's Equality and Diversity Code. Everyone who comes into contact with Chambers are treated on merit and are not discriminated against on the grounds of their ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion. To view a copy of our Equality and Diversity Policy please click here.
Complaints and Discipline
Barristers and staff at 4PB always strive to maintain the highest standards of service. However, there may be occasions when a client is disappointed with our service. We take any cause for dissatisfaction seriously and it is our policy to investigate fully any complaint in accordance with BSB requirements. We aim to learn from any mistakes so as to improve our service in the future. To download our Complaints Policy, please click here.
Standard Contractual Terms
As of 31st January 2013 Chambers are adopting the Bar Councils Standard Contractual Terms. To view these terms click here