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Family law: children’s law

We are recognised as a leading set of chambers for children’s law in the independent Chambers & Partners Bar Guide. We are best known for public law children work, acting for children, parents and local authorities in care and adoption proceedings. We also undertake a range of other work, including private law children matters and cases involving forced marriages, foreign adoptions, surrogacy, child abduction and radicalisation.

We are very pleased that a number of very able and experienced practitioners have joined the Family Team over the last two years. As a result the team is now 29 strong, with considerably more depth and breadth of experience in all areas of family law.

We come from a wide range of backgrounds, and some of our members were previously solicitors on the Children’s Panel. Between us we have a unique range of skills, expertise and experience equipping us to face the increasingly complex challenges of family law.

We have been involved in some very high profile cases over the last few years and are regularly instructed in complex and serious cases, but are equally committed to cases in the lower courts where the outcome for clients is equally significant.

We are all members of Garden Court Chambers because of our commitment to social justice and civil liberties which lies at the heart of all children’s law cases. The inter-disciplinary expertise within Chambers is unrivalled. Having easy access to the expertise of colleagues specialising in immigration, housing, welfare benefits, mental health, community care and crime, allows us to provide a more comprehensive service to clients. Within Chambers there are top practitioners who are routinely consulted in cases that involve crossovers between family law and other areas of law, both as practitioners and as experts.

What Others Say

“A predominantly public law chambers with an expanding group of barristers well versed in children proceedings involving the state. The set has recently been instructed in major cases concerning allegations of abuse and radicalisation and its barristers are particularly adept at representing vulnerable parties. Its members are well placed to draw on Garden Court’s wide-ranging expertise across other disciplines including immigration and social housing”. Chambers UK Bar Guide

“They’re just brilliant. Professional. Good.” Dee Aktar, Miles & Partners

“They are good at responding quickly” Soulla Kokkinos, Sternberg Reed

“They are very good with clients” Laura Fortune, Gillian Radford & Co Solicitors 

Ian Peddie QC  “is tenacious and has a wealth of experience”. Legal 500

Maggie Jones “has a broad-ranging children practice and is well versed in complex public and private law disputes, as well as cases concerning immigration issues and foreign adoptions”. “She is tenacious and brilliant at cross-examination.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Sarah Forster is “very efficient and very capable.” “A very wise counsel who fights hard for her clients.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Kathryn Cronin is “a go-to advocate for complex international adoption and surrogacy cases and any family placement where there is an immigration crossover. She is highly skilled and great with clients.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Malek Wan Daud “represents local authorities, parents and children in complex care disputes concerning non-accidental injuries”.Clients like him – he is very approachable and always manages to speak to people at a level they understand.” Chambers UK Bar Guide

Naomi Wiseman is “A rising star amongst juniors, highly intelligent, very personable, a meticulous lawyer and with very good common sense.” “She is fantastic on paper, very enthusiastic…anything you need to have done she will have done and very carefully too.” Chambers UK Bar Guide