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 is agile in negotiations and always inspires confidence." "His ability to digest huge quantities of information and numbers without referring to them is so impressive." "One of the brightest lawyers around and a walking law encyclopedia."
    Chambers and Partners 2021
    "Ben has sound judgement, methodical and detailed preparation, alongside an excellent understanding of the law. His preparation makes you feel at ease going to court settlement meetings."
    Legal 500 2021
    "Extremely clever and has an excellent grasp of complex financial matters." "He is an incredibly detailed barrister. If you've got a case where you need someone to go through the minutiae, he's your man. He's got a systematic way of approaching things and the paperwork he produces is always meticulous and well thought out."
    Chambers and Partners 2020
    "Extremely clever with an excellent grasp of more complex financial matters."
    Legal 500 2020
  • 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