Sally Harrison QC – Head of Chambers

Sally Harrison QC - Barrister at St John's Buildings


Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of Silk: 2010

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Hugely respected for her skill at taking on high-profile and high-value matrimonial finance matters. She offers recognised experience of complex cases involving matters such as same-sex civil partnerships, inherited wealth and complex business structures and trusts.”

Strengths: “She is the absolute leader in the North West and she knocks spots off many London silks. Her submissions in the Supreme Court left the others standing in my view.” “Not just the star of the Family Bar in Manchester, Sally is one of a select few of the best family law QCs in the country.”

Recent work: “Acted for a lesbian civil partner in the Court of Appeal after her application to set aside a consent order had been struck out.” Chambers & Partners 2018

Polished, passionate and always accessible.” Legal 500 2017


Renowned for her expertise in matrimonial finance and in Schedule 1 Children Act, Sally is the first choice for many high net worth and high profile individuals. She is regularly involved in complex £multi million High Court cases and drafting and advising in prenuptial agreements for high net worth individuals. She is known as a robust advocate and is highly praised for her modern and flexible approach.

Personal information

Frequently invited to lecture, Sally lectures nationally on all aspects of matrimonial finance. Away from Chambers, she enjoys road cycling and spending time with her two children.


  • Family Law Bar Association
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers


The leading light in financial cases; she is in a league of her own.” Legal 500 2016


  • Family - Finance

    As the only matrimonial finance specialist outside London, Sally is highly sought after for big money cases, particularly those involving family businesses, pension sharing and inherited wealth. Her expertise covers all aspects of financial remedy claims, including injunctive relief, advising in relation to family trust issues in divorce and prenuptial agreements.

    Section 1 Children Act

    Sally is recognised for her expertise in the Schedule 1 Children Act and has notable experience in dealing with complex family arrangements and international cases, often involving high profile individuals.


    Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan [2017]

    Roocroft v Ainscow [2016] See news article.

    Gohil v Gohil [2015]

    J v J [2014] EWHC 3654 (Fam)

    Bhura v Bhura [2012] EWHC 3633

    Richardson v Richardson [2011] EWCA Civ 79

    C v C [2007] EWHC 2033 (Fam) [2009] 1

    Legal Directory Recommendations

    2017 “Hugely respected for her skill at taking on high-profile and high-value matrimonial finance matters. She recently took a significant financial remedy case to the Supreme Court, representing the wife’s interest in the dispute.”

    Strengths: “Combines excellent client care skills with pragmatic advice, rigorous attention to detail, effective negotiation and fearsome advocacy”. “Sally is a sparkling advocate who is commanding and charismatic both inside the courtroom and outside”. Chambers & Partners 

    2016 “Head of chambers and leads the market with her exclusively finance and ancillary relief practice, including Schedule 1 Children Act work.
    Strengths: “She is top-notch; she gives robust, objective advice delivered in a realistic, commercial and pragmatic way, and has very good client care skills.” “She is undoubtedly the best family barrister outside of London. She is a lateral thinker and has an incredible eye for detail. She has a way of viewing things in the round and has a logical approach.”” Chambers & Partners

    2015 “Continues to lead the field in complicated financial matters. She remains a first choice for many instructing solicitors who praise her ability to bring a human touch to high-value cases.”

    “She has always been head and shoulders above anyone else.” “She is an absolute superstar. If you have a big money or complex case in the North West it’s a race to instruct her first.” Chambers & Partners

    2015 “A true class act; she is in a league of her own.” Legal 500

    2014 “Second to none” Legal 500

    2013 “A fearsome, well-polished and perfectly prepared advocate, who is widely praised for her strong commercial sense.  Her core focus is an ancillary relief, and she is regularly instructed by high net worth individuals.” Chambers & Partners

    2012 “The ‘best ancillary relief barrister in Manchester’ and a ‘robust advocate’” Legal 500

    2011 “She is praised for her ability to quickly absorb great quantities of information” Chambers UK

    2010 Noted as a “Star Individual” in Chambers & Partners

    2010 “An outstanding matrimonial finance junior who is ‘always on the shortlist for high value or complex cases.’” Chambers & Partners

    2009 “Always on the shortlist for complicated ancillary relief matters” Legal 500

    2009 “High-profile member of the set and widely considered to be ‘one of the best we have in the North.’ She received a wealth of position commendations, and proves a ‘tough and formidable opponent’ who ‘knows when and how to fight.’ Possessing the ‘ability to see the wood for the trees’, she ‘disseminates information quickly and efficiently.’” Chambers & Partners

    2008 “Advocate of choice in high-value divorces with a track record of handling difficult cases” Legal 500

    2008 “Highly recommended when there are significant assets” “faultless” Chambers & Partners

    2007 “Sally Harrison is ‘the first choice in Manchester for high-value, complex financial settlements on divorce; It’s a race as to who gets her first” Legal 500

    2007 “Good all round advocate” and “in for a real contest if you’re against her” Chambers & Partners

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