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Ben Birtchnell

Call 2009


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Ben regularly represents clients in the Family Court, the Magistrates and County Courts, the Court of Protection, the High Court (Family and Chancery Divisions) and the Court of Appeal. He also represents in civil and family mediations and family arbitrations.

In Family law, Ben is instructed by parents, guardians and local authorities in the final hearings of public and private law Children Act proceedings throughout the South-East of England. He also conducts cases with a cross-border element, such as international relocation and cases of international child abduction under the Hague Convention 1980 and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. In addition, Ben has an extensive matrimonial finance practice, working with high value and complex cases involving pre-nuptial agreements, business valuations, international assets and issues of non-disclosure.

Ben also has a Chancery practice, with particular experience in the law of wills and trusts (including co-ownership of property cases), business partnership disputes and probate and Inheritance Act 1975 claims.

An incisive, tenacious advocate with a comprehensive knowledge of the law, Ben also builds the trust and rapport necessary to influence and negotiate, while his calm demeanour is reassuring to clients and judges alike.


MA (Trinity College, Oxford)

BVC (BPP Law School, London) (Very Competent)

GDL (College of Law, Guildford) (Commendation)



Cholmeley Scholarship

Wigglesworth Scholarship

Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Competition Finalist



Denning Society

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Family Law Bar Association


Areas of Practice


Family Finance

Public Children Law

Private Children Law 

International Family Law 

Domestic Violence 



Deprivation of Liberty

Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)

Hague Convention 1980

Hague Convention 1996

Mental Health Issues


Non-Accidental Injury

Parental Alienation

Physical Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Special Guardianship

Specific Issue Orders

Vulnerable Witnesses


Matrimonial Finance

Business Assets

Children Act 1989: Schedule 1

Financial Remedies on Divorce

Foreign Assets



Transfer of Tenancy

Validity of Marriage



Co-ownership of Property

Court of Protection (Property & Affairs)

Inheritance Act 1975



Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA)


"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerks and admin staff are excellent and always go over and beyond to assist."


"The cohesive clerking team in Chambers have a combined depth of experience which is second to none."


"Impressive skills to handle intractable and challenging divorce and financial remedy cases."


"Chambers has a dedicated and professional clerking team. They are able to deal with any enquiry and are most helpful and reassuring" 


"They have a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers who deal with high net worth financial work and can handle any type of children work." 


"James Doble has an innate ability to assist in choosing the right barrister for the right case. He leads his team meticulously." 


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