Ben Birtchnell

Call: 2009



Ben practises across both of Chambers' main areas of work, namely civil and family law.

In civil he has particular experience of contractual disputes and negligence actions, insolvency, landlord and tenant and real property matters. He has also gained exposure to probate and inheritance claims.

In family he is instructed in matrimonial finance, Schedule 1 Children Act applications, and public and private child law cases.

An incisive and tenacious advocate, Ben is able to keep channels open for negotiation as the case requires and has a calm demeanour that is reassuring to clients.

Ben is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Public Access scheme.


MA (Trinity College, Oxford)



Cholmeley Scholarship

Wigglesworth Scholarship

Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Competition Finalist



Denning Society

Bar Pro Bono Unit

Family Law Bar Association

Free Representation Unit


Areas of Practice



Consumer Credit

Co-ownership of Property


Landlord & Tenant

Mental Capacity Act 2005



Probate & Inheritance

Professional Negligence

Real Property

Social Security

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




Child abduction

Children Act 1989: Schedule 1

Civil partnerships

Court of Protection


Domestic violence Injunctions

Financial remedies on divorce

Public child law: care proceedings

Private child law: contact and residence

Special guardianship

Validity of marriage


Languages spoken

Conversational French and Italian


Outside Interests

Design, Cinema, Travel and Tennis

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