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4PB Family Law Barristers

4PB is one of the largest chambers in England and Wales, practising only in the field of Family Law, comprising 25 ‘silks’ and 67 ‘juniors’, a total of 92. Our barristers practise across all areas of family law. Instructed by the country’s premier family law firms, our practitioners are regularly involved in landmark developments in family law
and family justice.

We are supported by a first-class team of clerks, practice manager and administrative staff.

In October 2021 we relocated from our long-held base in the Temple at 4 Paper Buildings, to modern premises in the heart of St Paul’s, which provide the latest video and communication technology to allow our members to conduct consultations, conferences, remote hearings, ADR and mediation. We are leaders in our field recognised each year by numerous legal accolades and awards.

We are now 4PB.

4PB provide expert, practical legal advice in all areas of family law;
Powerful and effective court advocacy;
Out-of-court family dispute resolution services;
Public and direct access barristers in appropriate cases.

4PB Mediation Skills Conference – 26 June 2024

Join us for our Mediation Skills Conference on 26th June 2024, the first in our programme of Dispute Resolution Conferences.

This is an unrivalled opportunity to learn from experts working in different, yet complementary fields.

Keynote: Nicky Perfect BEM, former International Hostage & Crisis Negotiator, and communications expert.

Our esteemed panel Devorah Greenberg, Dr Zaza Johnson, Elsheikh & Peter Bartlett, providing mediation insights from a Jewish, Islamic and Christian perspective.

Tickets: £45 per delegate


4PB News


Michael Sternberg KC Honoured with OBE for Services to Faith and Integration

Michael Sternberg KC has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours List for 2024, recognising his outstanding contributions to promoting faith and integration.

Michael is the President of the Faith & Belief Forum. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of 3FF and later F&BF from 2009 until 2022, also Chair of the Trustees of the Sternberg Charitable Foundation since 2018.

He has been active in interfaith work for over 30 years,  earning recognition for his contributions:-

  • In 1990, he received a Benemerenza Medal from the (Catholic) Sacred Constantinian Order of St George;
  • In 2013, he was made a Knight of the Royal Order of Francis I (Italy), and in 2018, he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Francis I.
  • In 2019, he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to interfaith work.

Vice-Chair of the Bar Council and Joint Head of Chambers, Barbara Mills KC, who worked alongside Michael as a trustee of the charity – from its first iteration as The Three Faiths Forum commented: “Michael has dedicated himself tirelessly to the vital work of interfaith dialogue, integration, collaboration, and understanding. This award is most richly deserved, and his 4PB family are incredibly proud of him.”


New Reported Case: Jacqueline Renton appeared in the case of BR v SN [2024]

Jacqueline Renton appeared in the case of BR v SN [2024], where she successfully argued that Hadkinson orders can apply in relation to Children Act proceedings. Mr Justice Moor gave important guidance on this issue, and developed the Hadkinson jurisdiction in relation to Children Act proceedings, in circumstances where this issue had not been considered since the case of Hadkinson v Hadkinson [1952] itself.

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The ‘remarkable’ 4 Paper Buildings is ‘simply the best stable’ of barristers who are ‘committed and passionate’ to children law, both domestic and international. With ‘a wide spread of barristers who excel in the field’, chambers offers ‘accomplished, expert counsel at every level of call and covering all particular niches’. Many of the set’s ‘stellar’ counsel are ‘absolute leaders in the field’ and there is also ‘a seemingly endless raft of very capable juniors’ coming through. Chambers’ matrimonial finance barristers are also ‘excellent’ and of the ‘highest quality’. The set is very approachable, inviting solicitors to share knowledge and welcoming in their dealings with clients.
Legal 500, 2019