1 King’s Bench Walk is a leading barristers’ chambers in London, specialising in family law. There are 54 barristers including 11 Queen’s Counsel.

‘Family Law chambers of the Year’ 2013 (Legal 500 awards).

“A premier set with depth of expertise in both ancillary relief and public and private children work.”
Legal 500

“This set offers a breadth of talent in both matrimonial finance and children work.”
Chambers & Partners

1KBW has a pre-eminent reputation in family law, both nationally and internationally. We are consistently ranked by the legal directories in the top tier (‘Band 1’) of leading sets for family law. ?Our barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the groundbreaking cases over the last two decades.

We also have one of the most innovative and experienced Dispute Resolution teams in the country.

Practice Areas

1 King’s Bench Walk enjoys a stellar reputation as a leading set in Family Law. We are probably the only leading set with a national reputation in every aspect of family law. Our barristers are ‘leaders in their fields’ (Chambers & Partners) in both matrimonial finance and all types of children law, including international child abduction.

In addition we have one of the most highly regarded and experienced Dispute Resolution teams in the country and practitioners with other specialisms, particularly in criminal law.

Finance and Divorce:

  • Divorce, foreign divorce and jurisdictional disputes
  • All types of matrimonial finance cases (whether straightforward or complex)
  • Pre-nuptial or separation agreements
  • Civil Partnerships
  • TOLATA 1996 disputes between cohabiting couples
  • Applications pursuant to Schedule I of the Children Act 1989
  • Applications pursuant to the Inheritance (PFD) Act 1975
  • Applications pursuant to the Child Support Act 1991
  • Freezing injunctions and other injunctive relief


  • Private law children applications for Residence, Shared Residence, Contact, Education, changes of name and ’Leave to remove’ / international relocation
  • Child abduction cases (for applicants and respondents)
  • Public law children applications for example for care orders, adoption or special guardianship (for parents, local authorities and Guardians)
  • Financial remedies for children pursuant to Schedule I of the Children Act 1989 or the Child Support Act 1991

Dispute Resolution:

  • Mediation (in both finance and children cases)
  • Collaborative law
  • Early Neutral Evaluation (also known as “private FDRs”)

Criminal law and other specialisms:

  • General criminal law including complex fraud and Courts Martial
  • Disciplinary tribunals such as GMC hearings
  • Professional negligence
  • Judicial Review
  • Domestic violence and injunctive relief
  • Cases in The Court of Protection