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Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland



Described as ‘advancing his client’s case sensitively but with complete fidelity to his instructions,’ Adrian brings empathy and reassurance to cases, turning down the temperature in even the most acrimonious circumstances. He prepares every case to the finest detail and presents them in court with measured and intelligent advocacy.


Adrian has practised exclusively in family law throughout his career. He predominantly works in financial remedies and matters relating to divorce with particular experience in matters involving complex pension assets, the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and applications for financial relief after foreign divorce under the Matrimonial Family and Proceedings Act 1984. He also appears in cases involving disputes between cohabitants under TOLATA 1996, the Inheritance Act 1975 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.  

Adrian also appears in cases relating to private disputes regarding children encompassing the full range of child arrangements orders including specific issues orders, prohibited steps orders, parental responsibility orders and both international and internal relocation. He mainly focuses on matters involving serious allegations of domestic abuse and has specific expertise in cases where there are allegations of coercive and controlling behaviour. 

Practice Areas

Finance and Private Client

Private Law Children

Education and Professional Memberships

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 

Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn 

Denning Society 


Family Law Bar Association 


Scholarships and 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) 


“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”