"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!"
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.
"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 Direct 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.

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We are delighted to welcome four new pupils who commenced their pupillages on 16th October 2023. From left to right Usmaan Siddiqui is undertaking a specialist Family Pupillage under the supervision of Christian Gape and Paul Bitmead. Katie Elford is […]

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Chambers welcomes new tenants Lewis and Lauren

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Emma Cross celebrates being ranked by the Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates Emma on being ranked as Rising Star – Family: Children And Domestic Violence Emma is technically very astute. She is able to spot niche points of law and plan accordingly. Her advocacy is calm and controlled but powerful. […]

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William Hillier celebrates being ranked by the Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates William on being Ranked for Family: Divorce And Financial Remedy in this years edition of Legal 500. ‘William is a bold and strong advocate. He is forthright and achieves good results. He is also good with clients and […]

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Rupert Chapman ranked as Leading Junior for a successive year by Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates Rupert Chapman for being rank by Legal 500 – Family: Divorce And Financial Remedy ‘Rupert has a forensic grasp of detail – he masters the details of a case like no other and makes very complicated cases seem […]

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Tanya Jones successfully appeals against a possession order resulting in the claim being dismissed.

Tanya Jones was instructed on behalf of the Appellant in an appeal where it was averred the court had erred in its decision to grant the Respondent possession. The grounds of appeal were firstly that the notice to quit, entitling […]

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