T: 020 7092 3700
DX 404 Chancery Lane

Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland

Call 2013

About Me

Adrian’s practice encompasses financial remedies and private disputes regarding children. He also advises in cases under TOLATA 1996, the Inheritance Act 1975 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He has experience in representing clients at all levels of court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Adrian practises primarily in the field of financial remedies and associated matters relating to divorce. He represents clients at each stage of these proceedings, from first appointments to multi-day final hearings, with both limited and extensive asset bases. He has a particular interest in cases involving complex pensions assets. Adrian has also appeared in cases involving engagement with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Adrian’s experience covers the full range of private children orders, including “lives with”, “spends time” orders, Prohibited Steps Orders, Specific Issues Orders, Parental Responsibility Orders and both international and internal relocation. He also advises in applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He has extensive experience in dealing with fact-finding hearings involving serious allegations of domestic abuse and emotional harm as well as cases involving r.16.4 Children’s Guardians and those which also include a public law element.

Adrian is Public Access Qualified and can accept instructions directly from members of the public.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Adrian was a paralegal in a Magic Circle law firm working in the pensions team.

Family Finance
Direct Access


BA (Classics) University of Warwick: First Class
LLB, City University London: First Class
Bachelor of Civil Laws, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Bar Professional Training Course, City University London: Very Competent

Scholarships & Prizes

Lord Denning, Lord Haldane and Hardwicke Scholarships (Lincolns Inn)
First Class Prize (University of Warwick)
First Class Prize for Obtaining First Class Results (City University London)
Martin Dockray Memorial Fund Prize for top GELLB Student (City University London)
GELLB Scholarship (EU and Home) for Best GELLB Part 1 Results (City University London)

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Denning Society
Family Law Bar Association

“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”


“Demystifying Guidance for Separated Parents in the COVID-19 Environment”


Chambers Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leading Set 2020


The Legal 500
Leading Set 2020


Family Law Awards
Shortlisted 2019 Awards

family law awards