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Archna Dawar

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Archna Dawar - Deans Court Chambers


  • Liverpool University - LLB
  • St Edward’s College

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Hardwicke Scholarship
  • Sir Thomas Moore Award
  • Megarry Scholarship


Archna was a tenant in a thriving set of chambers in Bristol for over 10 years. After relocating to the area she joined the Family Team at Deans Court Chambers in 2011.

After spending 15 years working in all aspects of family law Archna now to specialises in matrimonial finance, cohabitation disputes and private law children cases.

Archna undertakes work in high value and complex cases financial remedy cases. She is regularly instructed at an early stage in order to assist with the smooth running of a case in particular on issues involving third party disputes over the ownership of property, trusts and disclosure. She is happy to give advice prior to the issue of proceedings to advise on the best approach in cases to try and reduce costs.

She undertakes complex cohabitation cases and is regularly instructed for interveners in financial remedy cases when issues on ownership of properties arise.

In private law matters Archna represents parents in complex residence/contact disputes in cases where allegations of physical and sexual abuse are made, ‘implacably hostile’ mothers and issues of children being ‘coached’ to make up allegations against another parent. Her cases also involve external and internal relocation.

Archna will regularly act for the clients in children act and financial remedy cases to ensure continuity for the client.

Archna has a particular interest and experience in cases with clients from different ethnic backgrounds. She can conduct conferences in Hindi.

Archna is actively involved in providing seminars in chambers and at solicitors offices.

Notable Cases

  • Financial Remedies

    Representation of a footballer's wife in the High Court on her application for a Mareva Injunction

  • Children (Private Law)

    Representation of a Mother who sought to relocate with her daughter. Successfully challenged the recommendation of CAFCASS.

What the directories say

‘She puts emotional clients at ease.’

Legal 500, 2017

Handles complicated children matters as well as high-value financial remedy work, and has a solid reputation for advising on cross-cultural issues. She is experienced at taking on cases concerning cohabitation and property division. "Really great for children work." "Her ability to absorb vast quantities of information in a short time is very impressive. She gets to the nub of the case quickly, and she is equally as good on children cases as she is on finance cases."

Chambers UK, 2017

'She shows impressive ability in getting to the crux of the matter and is a delight to work with.'

Legal 500, 2016

Has a broad practice in all areas of family law, and regularly acts in High Court cases regarding children law and matrimonial finance matters. Often engages with cases involving cross-cultural aspects. "She is equally brilliant with finance and children work, which is not a common trait. She has a wonderful manner with clients and a great ability to make them feel at ease in conference. She is an excellent advocate on her feet in court and she has obtained some good outcomes. Her drafting is very good and leaves no stone unturned. She is my preference and my barrister of choice."

Chambers UK, 2016


Legal 500 in 2011

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