It’s Business – But not as usual!
At Magdalen Chambers our team have worked non-stop to make sure that we can continue to meet your needs throughout this extraordinary time.
Created from the merger of Southernhay and Rougemont Chambers, Magdalen Chambers brings together the breadth of expertise and the national and regional reputation for excellence enjoyed by both sets.
"The clerks are friendly, very helpful and will liaise directly with the court and other clerks regarding hearings if there is a clash. They are easy to deal with!"
"An extremely strong family team [who offer] a wide range of barristers, who, without fail, are top quality."

Chambers are delighted to congratulate our clerking team who have been recognised by Chambers and Partners 2020.

James Basden heads the clerking team and Grainne McGovern is the senior family clerk.

Members of Chambers act for individuals, companies, government bodies and local authorities, both locally and nationwide, many of whom can be instructed directly by non-lawyers, through the Public and Licensed Access schemes.

Chambers is based in Exeter, next to the Combined Court and Employment Tribunal, and incorporates specially designed mediation facilities.

Magdalen Chambers is a well-respected chambers operating out of Exeter. Members of the set are regularly instructed in financial remedy and private child law matters. Its barristers represent local authorities, parents and guardians in a range of complex matters including sexual abuse, non-accidental injury and care proceedings. The set is described as “excellent: friendly, helpful and efficient.”

Barristers regulated by the Bar Standards Board

It’s a great chambers with a number of strong counsel and really helpful clerks.

Latest News

Civil Second Six Pupil Tanya Jones is accepting Instructions

We are pleased to announce that Tanya has commenced her second six period within her pupillage specialising in the area of Civil Law. During her first-six, she has shadowed members of the civil team in housing, property litigation, contract, commercial, […]

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Family Second Six Pupil Ella White is accepting Instructions

We are pleased to announce that Ella has commenced her second six period within her pupillage specialising in the area of family Law. During her first-six, she has had the benefit of shadowing most members of the family team in […]

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Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and others.

The President has given guidance as to the impact of breaches of the AAR 2005 on placement and adoption orders, and any potential routes to challenge such orders when breaches have occurred. Background: In May 2021 it was identified that […]

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Parent Alienation Conference – Tuesday 10th May 2022 – Places still available for virtual attendance

Postponed from April 2020, we are delighted to announce our conference at Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter. This full day event will be in person with the option of virtual attendance. We have our highly experienced members of the family team […]

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Somerset County Council -v- NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

The President has handed down his eagerly awaited judgment at the conclusion of the Somerset County Council Adoption Agency Regulations breaches litigation. Following procedural breaches relating to the proper preparation of child permanency reports coming to the attention of the […]

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Soft Loans in Financial Remedy Proceedings – Raiding the Bank of Mum and Dad

Informal loans are a regular part of Financial Remedy proceedings. It is extremely common to read a party’s Form E and see substantial loans from friends or family towards legal fees or family expenses including the family home or business. […]

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Parent Alienation Conference – Tuesday 10th May 2022 – last date for in person attendance booking

Postponed from April 2020, we are delighted to announce our conference at Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter. This full day event will be in person with the option of virtual attendance. We have our highly experienced members of the family team […]

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Chambers congratulations Gavin Collett on being ranked by Chambers and Partners for another year

Gavin Collett is well regarded for his expertise in planning law, with particular specialist knowledge in highways and rights of way. He acts for local authorities, as well as developers and private individuals. He is the head of the administrative […]

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Legality of placements orders under the Adoption Agency Regulations 2005

Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group & Anor [2021] EWHC 3004: Elizabeth Willsteed appeared as part of the team representing the Guardians for the 10 children in this decision concerning the legality of placement orders made on […]

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