Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland


  • Called: 2013

Practice Profile:

Adrian is a member of Chambers’ Family Law team, specialising in private children law and financial remedies. He has experience representing clients at all levels of court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Adrian practises predominantly in the field of financial remedies and associated matters relating to divorce. Adrian also accepted instructions in claims under ToLATA 1996 between cohabiting couples and claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. He has been involved in numerous defended divorce cases. Adrian has particular interest in cases involving complex pension assets and cross-jurisdictional issues.

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, relocation applications (internal and international) and all other aspects in relation to private children law.

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


“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”

Other Interests:

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