Called: 2013


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Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland

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Adrian is a member of Chambers’ Family Law team and specialises in financial remedies.

Adrian practises predominantly in the field of financial remedies and associated matters such as cohabitation disputes. Adrian has experience in dealing with claims between cohabitants under TOLATA 1996 and accepts instructions in respect of Inheritance Act claims. Adrian has experience with matters ranging from complex pensions cases, cross-jurisdictional matters and trusts. He has also been involved in numerous defended divorce cases on behalf of petitioner wives and has particular expertise in this area. Adrian has been involved in financial remedies cases at all levels of the Family Court, including the High Court.  

In private law children matters, Adrian’s experience covers all aspects of Child Arrangements Orders, including “lives with”, “time spent”, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issues Orders. He has experience in dealing with complex fact finding hearings involving allegations of domestic violence and emotional abuse.

Adrian has experience of public law children proceedings, representing parents, intervenors and children. He has been involved in complex cases involving claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998 and Fact Findings relating to serious allegations of sexual abuse. He has appeared before all judicial levels of the Family Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Adrian is also trained under the Public Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly from clients. 

Adrian regularly publishes articles relating to Family Law and provides training and seminars.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Adrian was a paralegal in a Magic Circle Firm with extensive experience of dealing with pension matters.


BA (Classics), University of Warwick: First Class

LLB, City University, London: First Class

BCL, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

BPTC, City Law School: Very Competent

Scholarships and Prizes:

Lord Denning, Lord Haldane and Hardwicke Scholarships (Lincoln’s Inn)

First Class Prize for Obtaining First Class Results (City University)

Martin Dockray Prize for GELLB Top Student (City University)

GELLB Scholarship (EU and Home) for Best GELLB Part I Results (City University)

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association

Lincoln's Inn

Denning Society

Association of Lawyers for Children


“Adoption: A Vision for Change” – Permanency and “the last resort”:

“Adoption and The Children and Social Work Bill”

“Examining No-Fault Divorce”

“Child Contact Interventions”

Notable Cases:

W v W: Complex ancillary relief proceedings inclusive a number of foreign investment properties where the proposed consent order was not approved by the court due to failure to meet the prospective needs of the parties.

R v R: Public Access representation of a Husband in Financial Remedies proceedings on a significant disparity in income positions resultant in the need for a complex spousal maintenance arrangement. Net assets totalled to approximately £6,000,000.

B v B: Defended Divorce final hearing with similar fact pattern to the seminal Owens v Owens case in respect of the factual basis of “unreasonable behaviour”. Having argued in the alternative on the basis of desertion, divorce was granted by the court on that alternative factual basis.

W v A: represented interveners in Financial Remedies proceedings under TOLATA 1996 who were established to have a clear interest in the FMH.

AJ v M: High Court Financial Remedies proceedings involving complex foreign assets in Oman and engagement with the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.

P v P: intractable hostility in private child proceedings where the court resolution was to order a Child Contact Intervention procedure, funded by CAFCASS.

Re E: High Court proceedings in respect of a Secure Accommodation Order relating to a child with complex emotional needs.

Re D: Court of Appeal; request for leave to appeal against Care and Placement Orders and findings in respect of a Non-Accidental Injury. Leave to appeal was refused.

Other Interests:

Adrian has a keen interest in esports, plays the violin, piano and sings (occasionally) and enjoys poetry and ancient literature.