Max Turnell

A specialist family law barrister, Max's work includes family finance, divorce and private & international children cases. He has advised and acted at all levels up to the High Court and is equally comfortable on his own and as junior counsel. He was instructed as 2nd junior to Richard Harrison QC and Deepak Nagpal in the widely publicised Aziz litigation, a dispute involving alleged assets in excess of £1bn and issues of off-shore trust structures, contested marital status, pre-acquired wealth and special contribution. He also recently appeared on behalf of the successful father in Re A (A Child) (Hague Abduction; Art 13(b): Protective Measures) [2019] EWHC 649 (Fam) where Williams J ordered that an abducted child be returned to Latvia. During pupillage, Max assisted Nicholas Anderson and Nigel Dyer QC in R v B and Capita Trustees [2017] EWFC 33, [2017] 3 FCR 519, a case involving issues of litigation misconduct, complex off-shore company & trust structures and assets approaching £100m. Prior to joining 1 King's Bench Walk, Max held visiting lectureships in Contract Law and the Law of Trusts at King's College London.

Practice areas


  • Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Resolution's Brexit Working Party
  • Society of Advanced Legal Studies (Associate Fellow)
  • Child Abduction Lawyers' Association (Associate Member)
  • Lincoln's Inn Denning Society


  • Q&A Panel


  • University of Bristol: LLB (Hons) Law
  • University of Law: BPTC (Very Competent) ' Outstanding in Litigation, Resolution of Disputes Outsi

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