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 77 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 2019
A highly renowned chambers that provides a significant depth of talent in both public and private law children matters. The chambers handles a variety of cases ranging from Children Act matters to issues of radicalisation and surrogacy. The set also draws acclaim for its experience in financial matters, such as TOLATA claims. Its barristers routinely act in some of the most sensitive and noteworthy children’s cases to come before the High Court.
Client Service: “All of the clerks are friendly and helpful and they will always do their best to make your preferred counsel is available and to ensure that consistency of counsel is given on a case where that is required.” Head clerk Michael Reeves draws praise for “running a tight ship” and is considered “charming” and “always happy to go above and beyond the call of duty.”
The Legal 500 2019
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, as well as being very accommodating from ‘fixing conferences in the evening to being agreeable when it comes to price’. ‘Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and reliable’, the clerks ‘understand the importance of client relationships and go out of their way to assist solicitors provide the best possible service to clients’. ‘Excellent’ senior clerk Michael Reeves and first junior Paul Hennessey are ‘particular stars’ able to ‘assist with any last minute instruction you may require and recommending the best counsel for that particular case’. Second junior Kenny Martin has been ‘particularly helpful on some urgent international cases, and considered the cost position for the clients’. Overall, the clerk’s room is ‘a second-to-none team of likeable people, and you always feel supported; I trust their judgement to make suggestions for who is right for a certain case’. Or as another solicitor put it: ‘I have lost track of all the times they have gone above and beyond. As the saying goes, “if Carlsberg made clerks…” it’d be 4PB without doubt.’
4 Paper Buildings ‘is the standout set of choice for all children work. It offers accomplished, expert counsel at every level of call from exceptional silks right down to new tenants’. The ‘remarkable set’ advises on all areas, such as celebrity children disputes through to child abduction. It is also leading set for appellate advocacy – in the recent seminal Supreme Court case of Re C regarding ‘wrongful retention’, all seven counsel involved were from this set.
4 Paper Buildings has ‘great strength in depth’ and ‘there is usually no difficulty in getting cover as the quality throughout chambers is high’. Members are strong in cases involving financial orders for unmarried parents, as well as complex international divorces and arbitration.
4 Paper Buildings won The Legal 500 Family Law Set of the Year in 2017 & 2019