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Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland



Described as ‘heroic,’ ‘advancing his client’s case sensitively but with complete fidelity to his instructions,’ and producing ‘written advocacy of the highest order,’ 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 practises exclusively 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 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Adrian also conducts Private FDRs.

Practice Areas

Finance and Private Client

Direct Access

Education and Professional Memberships

BA (Classics), University of Warwick: First Class

LLB, City University London: First Class

BCL, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

BPTC, City University London: Very Competent

Lincoln’s Inn

Family Law Bar Association


Scholarships and Prizes

Lord Denning, Lord Haldane and Hardwicke Scholarships (Lincoln’s Inn)

First Class Prize (University of Warwick)

First Class Prize for Obtaining First Class Results (City University, London)

Martin Dockray Memorial Fund Price for top GELLB Student (City University, London)

GELLB Scholarship (EU and Home) for Best GELLB Part 1 Results (City University, London)



‘He is very articulate, straightforward, pragmatic and clear with clients. He is very efficient and reliable which puts instructing solicitors and clients at ease during stressful court proceedings.’ Legal 500, 2024. Ranked Tier 4.


D (A Child) (2016) [2016] EWCA Civ 1230

F v M [2021] EWFC 4

X v Y [2022] EWFC 95 (shortlisted for Lexis Family Law Awards ‘Case of the Year’ 2023)

AXA v BYB (QLR: Financial Remedies) [2023] EWFC 251 (B)

A v B (Re Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984) [2023] EWFC 241