Henrietta Boyle



Henrietta was the Family Law Young Barrister of the Year runner-up at the LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2022, and has been shortlisted for the same award again in 2023.

Since joining chambers in 2020 upon the completion of her pupillage, Henrietta has been developing a broad practice and accepts instructions in all areas of private family law. She has appeared in the High Court in financial remedy cases and in international child abduction cases, both as sole counsel (e.g. UG v NN [2022] EWHC 8 (Fam)) and as a junior to other members of chambers (e.g. Horohoe v Horohoe [2020] EWFC 102, CG v DL [2023] EWFC 82). As well as representing clients in court, Henrietta is frequently instructed to undertake advisory and drafting work.

In addition to her caseload, Henrietta sits on various family law committees. She is the youngest member of the Editorial Board of the Financial Remedies Journal, and was the youngest member (and secretary) of the Financial Remedies Court Transparency Group, a sub-group of the Transparency Implementation Group established by the President of the Family Division. In the Group’s final report, she received special thanks from the chair for her work. As a result of her involvement with the Transparency Implementation Group, Henrietta is particularly well-placed to advise clients who are concerned about issues relating to privacy.

From April to July 2021, Henrietta was the Judicial Assistant to Mr Justice Mostyn in the Family Division of the High Court. During her secondment, Henrietta worked on a wide spectrum of cases covering all aspects of family law. In particular, she assisted with two important financial remedy cases: A v A (Arbitration: Guidance) [2021] EWHC 1889 (Fam), which set out procedural guidance on how to go about challenging an arbitral award, and E v L [2021] EWFC 60, which was concerned with the application of the equal sharing principle in a short, childless marriage.

Henrietta enjoys writing about family law and is an author of the textbook Financial Remedies Practice, described as ‘the go-to reference book when considering any practical issues arising from the FPR 2010’ by the Law Society Gazette. Previously, she wrote weekly case summaries for Class Legal, and she has also had articles published by Family Law Week, LexisPSL and Estates Gazette.

Before joining chambers, Henrietta was a paralegal at a leading specialist family law solicitors’ firm in London. She worked on both finance and children cases, many of which involved an international element.

  • Financial remedies (including financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989)
  • Cohabitation disputes under TOLATA 1996
  • Private law children
  • Applications under the Family Law Act 1996
  • International child abduction

CG v DL [2023] EWFC 82

UG v NN [2022] EWHC 8 (Fam)

Horohoe v Horohoe [2020] EWFC 102

Henrietta is a co-author of the textbook Financial Remedies Practice (Class Legal), which is revised annually, together with Sir Nicholas Mostyn (formerly Mr Justice Mostyn), Lewis Marks KC, Gavin Smith, Joshua Viney and Henry Pritchard.

She has had over 50 articles and case summaries published by Class Legal, Family Law Week, LexisPSL and Estates Gazette, and for a year wrote weekly case summaries for Class Legal’s newsletter.

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Family Law Bar Association

City, University of London - GDL and BPTC
University of Cambridge (Queens’ College) - MA Classics

Scholarships and awards 


  • Debating Shield (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Magna Carta Mooting Shield (Inner Temple)
  • King of Bhutan Mooting Cup (Inner Temple)
  • Winner, University of Cambridge/XXIV Old Buildings Commercial Equity Speed Moot


  • Lord Denning Scholarship for the BPTC (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship for the GDL (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Postgraduate Scholarships for the GDL and BPTC (City Law School)
  • Buchanan Prize for performance in the Bar exams (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Top in the year (awarded full marks) for the Opinion Writing Bar exam (City Law School)
  • First Prize, Property Bar Association Essay Competition
  • Foundation Scholarship for First Class performance in the Classical Tripos (Queens’ College, Cambridge)
  • Henry Arthur Thomas Book Prize for performance in the Classical Tripos (Faculty of Classics, Cambridge)

At university, Henrietta was president of the Cambridge University Wine Society. She was also captain of the Cambridge team for the Varsity blind wine tasting match against Oxford, and competed internationally at wine tasting competitions across Europe. She maintains a keen interest in wine.

Henrietta is an enthusiastic cyclist, and enjoys following professional road cycling.