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Ben Birtchnell

Call 2009


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

In civil he has particular experience of commercial contractual disputes and negligence actions, business partnership disputes, insolvency, landlord and tenant and real property matters. Ben also practises in probate and Inheritance Act claims and co-ownership and Trusts of Land cases.

In family, Ben is instructed in matrimonial financial remedy and Schedule 1 Children Act applications, and for trials in 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



Co-ownership of Property


Landlord & Tenant


Probate & Inheritance

Professional Negligence

Real Property

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



Children Act 1989: Schedule 1

Financial remedies on divorce


Languages spoken

Conversational French and Italian


Outside Interests

Design, Cinema, Travel and Tennis


"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerk's 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."