Peers attest that the bar’s ‘go-to children silk’ is quick to put clients at ease with his ‘down-to-earth and diplomatic’ approach. Alex Verdan’s ‘powerful and eloquent’ advocacy skills have also won him praise from a celebrity client base: he achieved a successful result for Guy Ritchie after a custody battle with Madonna to keep their son Rocco in London. Relocation cases are the most difficult to settle, Verdan says, as there’s no possible compromise: ‘Either they go to New York or they don’t go to New York.’ He notes a move towards shared care in judgments, when the best a husband could hope for previously was ‘alternate weekends’ with the child. The head of chambers at 4PB also sits as a judge in the High Court.
Alex Verdan QC