Tom Carter

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1 Hare Court

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Tom is a barrister and arbitrator at 1, Hare Court, Temple, London. Tom’s professional experience at the Bar has centred on the financial side of relationship and family breakdown, including financial remedy claims arising on divorce, claims made on behalf of children under Schedule 1, Children Act 1989, claims after overseas divorces, domestic and international enforcement, disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, the creation and interpretation of nuptial agreements and claims under the Inheritance (etc.) Act 1975.

Tom’s practice is now focussed on non-court dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on his role as an arbitrator under the IFLA Financial Scheme. Alongside his practice as an arbitrator, Tom is also regularly instructed to act as ‘judge’ within the ‘private-FDR’ process, assisting parties in reaching agreement in the course of financial remedy proceedings.


Before coming to the Bar, Tom graduated from Manchester University with a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy. He was awarded the Birkenhead Award from Gray’s Inn  and undertook his pupillage at 1, Mitre Court Buildings (now 1, Hare Court). Tom has built up considerable experience in complex financial cases including those involving asset tracing, third party claims, off-shore trusts, contentious company valuations and international issues. His reported cases include: FB v PS [2015] EWHC 2797 (Fam); Karim v Musa [2012] EWCA Civ 1332; S v S (ancillary relief after lengthy separation) [2006] EWHC 2339 (Fam); and Charalambous [2004] EWCA Civ 1030.


“Known to his peers as an exceptionally hard worker who is able to absorb vast amounts of information and convey that in a way that clients can engage with. He is one of the juniors of choice for cases with a complex factual and asset matrix.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016


He has brilliant attention to detail. He has a good grasp of all the financial complexities of a case and is able to distil information into an argument which is easily digestible for the courts.” “His level of industry has gone way beyond what I have seen of any young barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016

His attention to detail is fantastic and he is really thorough in his preparation for court. He’s also very good on his feet.” Chambers & Partners, 2017

He has a phenomenal attention to detail. He will have read absolutely every document in the case and considered its implications before the client has even met him. You know that with him there will never be any surprises because no stone is left unturned in his preparation.” Chambers & Partners, 2018

Tom is a rising star, who is technically gifted, extremely thorough and someone with a reassuring calm about him. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019

“Calm, considered and an excellent advocate, he’s a skilled negotiator who’s very sensible. He has an exceptional eye for detail.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020

A totally safe pair of hands, who is calm and on top of everything.” “Brilliantly prepared, energetic and solution-oriented,” he “fights his client’s corner incredibly hard.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

Professional Memberships

Tom is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of Resolution.


Tom lives in South London with his partner and their two children.

Out of court services offered

Areas of work
Finances (divorce and separation)
Offers arbitration for
Finance issues

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