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.
- A historic London chambers housing 76 expert family barristers
- Steeped in Inns of Court legal tradition with cutting-edge knowledge and technology
- Recommended as leaders in our field by the main legal directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500
We offer advice, representation and dispute resolution services in all areas of family law:
- Civil partnership dissolution
- Finances and property on divorce or civil partnership dissolution
- Children’s arrangements after parents separate
- Children proceedings involving a Local Authority
- Child abduction and wrongful retention
- International family law
- Cohabitants’ claims (trusts of land cases)
- Financial arrangements for children
- Domestic abuse
- Assisted conception and reproduction
What people say about 4PB:
Chambers & Partners 2017
A powerhouse of family law that offers unparalleled depth in all public and private law children-related issues, both international and domestic. The set further has a growing matrimonial finance practice, and its members service high net worth clients in complex disputes concerning large assets.
Client service: “The clerks are incredibly user-friendly; they’re great for solicitors, they’re flexible, they’re reasonable on fees, and they’re prepared to adapt. They know their barristers really well.” The senior clerk is Michael Reeves.
The Legal 500 – 2016
“4 Paper Buildings is ‘a go-to chambers; whether it is Children Act, TOLATA, family finance or international children work, the expert barristers are all equally friendly, helpful and highly skilled advocates, leaving you confident you are in good hands when you have someone from this set on your team’. The clerking is also rated as ‘second to none’; ‘every clerk provides a service that evidences good leadership and personal commitment to the cases in chambers’, and ‘if barristers become unavailable, they work tirelessly to free up alternative counsel’. ‘One of the best clerks in London’, senior clerk Michael Reeves is ‘an absolute asset to chambers, who consistently exceeds expectations’ and ‘is straight-talking, understands matters from a commercial perspective and has shown excellent management in driving chambers forward’. First junior Paul Hennessy also ‘stands out for his understated charm and outstanding efficiency’.
“At 4 Paper Buildings, ‘the entire chambers has an element of confidence and class about it, never better epitomised than through the leadership’ of Alex Verdan QC. The set continues to dominate the market with six members appearing in Re J (a child) in the Court of Appeal and seven members appearing in Re B in the Supreme Court.”
“4 Paper Buildings provides ‘a splendid service’, and ‘goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcome’. Counsel were involved in Ramadani v Ramadani, a Slovenian divorce case now being heard in the English High Court. The general trend of internationalisation of divorce and financial remedy work is at the forefront of many members’ practices.”
4 Paper Buildings won The Legal 500 Family Law Set of the Year in 2017