About Us

4 Brick Court is the Chambers of Ian Griffin, a long-established set of family law barristers based in the Temple, one of the main legal districts in London.

We have 37 members practising in all areas of family law with particular emphasis on public law (care proceedings) and private law (child arrangements).

In care proceedings we represent local authorities, parents, children’s guardians and other family members at all levels of court. Members of chambers have appeared in important landmark decisions in this field such as the House of Lords decision in Re B (Children) [2008] UKHL 35 concerning the standard of proof.

At the core of chambers is a clear team work ethic which allows members at all levels of call to tackle even the most difficult of cases knowing they have the unwavering support and collective experience of all members.

Our experienced clerks look forward to being of assistance and are contactable on 020 7832 3200.

Information for our clients and for those people considering using our services

4 Brick Court and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Lay and professional clients and those who may be thinking of using our services and would like an indication of our charges, can ask us for a fee quote.

4 Brick Court is a specialist family law chambers – we only do family law. Our most common practice areas are public and private law Children Act proceedings; domestic violence and injunctions; financial remedies and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA) cases.

The types of services offered at 4 Brick Court are:

i) legal advice
ii) drafting legal documents
iii) representation and advocacy services before a court or tribunal

The following factors might influence or affect the services to be provided:

a) the late delivery of instructions and/or case documentation by a client resulting in the barrister not having sufficient time to meet timescales that might exist or prepare for the work to be undertaken.

b) the client failing to inform the barrister about work ordered by a court or deadlines to be adhered to resulting in the barrister not having sufficient time to meet deadlines or to prepare for the work to be undertaken.

c) cases in which the barrister is instructed that become listed for hearing by a court at very short notice or requiring some other immediate action resulting in the barrister not being available to complete other work.

d) court hearings in which the barrister is involved that overrun, i.e. hearings lasting longer than the court had listed them for. For example, a case listed by the court to last one day in fact lasts three days.

e) illness of the barrister preventing her/him from being able to undertake work.

f) circumstances that result in the barrister having to take a leave of absence.

Our most commonly used pricing model is fixed fee structures based broadly on hourly rates so we will estimate in advance the likely hours of work needed to deliver the required service (such estimate will be made solely on the information provided by the client) to be able to assess a fixed fee. Fixed fees are popular amongst clients as it provides them with certainty knowing in advance how much the cost of the work will be. An example of how our fees are calculated can be viewed here.

VAT at the rate of 20% is payable on top of all fees quoted.

You have the right to make a complaint. To view our formal Complaints Procedure click here.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers. You can use the Barristers’ Register which is an online database on the BSB website displaying details of all barristers who are authorised to practice in England and Wales and who have a current practising certificate.

The Legal Ombudsman is the body that looks at complaints about legal service providers. To view the Legal Ombudsman’s decisions made about legal service providers, please click here.