Portrait of Ben Fearnley

Ben Fearnley

Year of Call 2001

Professional Practice

University of Oxford, Jurisprudence
Lady Templeman Scholar, Middle Temple
Benefactors’ Scholar, Middle Temple

Ben qualified in 2001 and since that time has been practising exclusively from 29 Bedford Row Chambers.

Ben’s practice encompasses all of the financial aspects of relationship breakdown including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, the separation of unmarried couples and financial provision for children, together with jurisdiction disputes.

Ben is known for being an approachable and hands-on advocate, well skilled at complex financial cases and with a keen eye for detail.  He is regularly praised for his good manner with clients and his willingness to provide assistance throughout the litigation process. 

Ben regularly lectures on a wide range of family law related topics topics. Recent lectures include company issues in family law, finances in Children Act (1989) Sch 1 proceedings and the implications of death and bankruptcy on divorce proceedings.

Ben is also keen advocate of all forms of alternative dispute resolution.  In 2009 Ben trained in the Collaborative Law process and thereafter qualified as ‘Collaborative Counsel’.  He is a member of a collaborative ‘pod’ and a founding member of London Divorce Options, a collaboration of a number of divorce professionals offering separating couples constructive alternatives to the court process.

Ben is also qualified to accept public access work and regular undertakes a number of cases by way of direct instruction. 

  • Recommendations

    Ben’s preparation for cases is second to none– comprehensive and thorough. His attention to detail inspires confidence in my clients and many have commented on his quick thinking when at court.
    Hazel Manktelow – MacDonald Oates LLP
    Ben Fearnley has continually impressed me with his thorough and no-nonsense practical approach to any matter I have had the pleasure of instructing him whether the issues involved have centred on difficult and emotionally charged contact cases or complex financial settlements arising from divorce proceedings. Ben has never ceased to offer considered, balanced, and client focused advice. In the course of working together he has always strived to achieve the right result for clients whether through his accomplished skills as a negotiator or in his careful and compelling representations to the court.
    Simon Donald – Lloyd Platt
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Ben regularly lectures on a wide range of family law related topics topics. Recent lectures include company issues in family law, finances in Children Act (1989) Sch 1 proceedings and the implications of death and bankruptcy on divorce proceedings.

       

      Ben also regularly writes articles on current legal topics.

  • Personal Information

    Ben is married with two children and lives in London.  When not at work (which does sometimes occur) Ben enjoys spending time with his children and travelling when he can.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association