Over the last few years a number of high quality practitioners (both silks and established juniors) have joined 4PB from other leading sets.

4PB is made up of exceptional practitioners many of whom have started in different chambers or had different careers before joining us, and many of whom are now in Silk. Whilst not actively recruiting, we always remain interested in approaches from exceptional, first class, experienced practitioners who share our core values and who want to advance their particular areas of practice at 4PB. We pride ourselves on a happy and supportive working environment, the very best practice managers and administration, and an ever foreword thinking approach to family law and family justice.

4PB combines the very best of modern and traditional aspects of life at the Bar. Our move to our new offices outside of Temple and the service that now allows us to provide clients is combined with a collegial atmosphere of equals.

Chambers aims to provide an environment in which candidates can build a practice to suit their interests and strengths while offering equal opportunities to all. Our practice policies are important to us. We promote parents in our number, actively, with a supportive parental leave package. Our Wellbeing policies have been a template for the Bar’s approach to wellbeing.

We want chambers to reflect our core values and encourage applications from applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and in protected categories, those from the LGBTQ+ community and diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

If you are an exceptional family barrister and interested in applying please read the Tenancy Information document to see what is required in support of your application and the fair recruitment process we will adopt in considering your application. Please send this along with an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.

There are two application windows within which you should seek to submit the tenancy information required to 4PB. They are as follows:

  • 1st March to 15th April with a view to interviews taking place in May;
  • 1st September to 15th October with a view to interviews taking place in November.

For further information or an informal discussion, in the strictest of confidence, please contact:

Barbara Mills KC and Charles Hale KC, Joint Heads of Chambers

6th Floor,
St Martin’s Court,
10 Paternoster Row,
London, EC4M 7HP
020 7427 5200

Tenancy Information Document.

Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form.


An immensely respected set recognised for its immeasurable expertise in private and public children law, as well as its complementary skill in matrimonial finance work. Its venerated silks and juniors regularly appear before the highest courts in the country, handling a broad range of matters including those relating to international child abduction, historical child sex abuse, radicalisation, non-accidental injury, and many more. The set’s extensive client base consists of individuals from all walks of life, including household names, businessmen, and some of society’s most vulnerable individuals. When it comes to matrimonial finance, the barristers here handle complex, acrimonious, high-value disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions, offshore accounts and trusts. In recent times, the set has been heavily involved in cases at the forefront of the law relating to fertility, female genital mutilation and transgender rights. The set has been involved in a huge raft of reported cases in recent times. These include an important Supreme Court case concerning the scope of the High Court’s jurisdiction to protect British children abroad, and another matter concerning a parent’s right to consent to the administration of puberty blockers to their transgender child. In the last quarter of 2021, the set relocated from the Inner Temple to commercial offices in St Paul’s.