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“Reputable chambers with a strong children and finance offering, and a particular dedication to public law issues.”

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“The set's ethos of aiding vulnerable individuals is reflected within their work with members regularly handling matters concerning serious emotional and sexual abuse against children.”

Chambers UK Bar Guide

“The set's private children practice is similarly sophisticated. Clients are particularly well served thanks to Garden Court Chambers' multi-disciplinary nature, with the set housing specialists in immigration and Court of Protection work.”

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C&P 2022 Top Ranked
Legal 500 2022: Top Tier Set

Our children law barristers are recognised for their outstanding level of expertise. Garden Court Chambers is ranked as a leading set of chambers for children law in the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide. 

We are deeply committed to social justice and human rights, which lies at the heart of all children law cases. 

As the largest chambers in London, we offer an unrivalled breadth of inter-disciplinary expertise. We are routinely instructed in cases that crossover between family law and other areas of law.

We have easy access to the knowledge of highly ranked colleagues specialising in immigration, housing, welfare benefits, mental health, community care, Court of Protection and crime. Consequently, we can provide a comprehensive umbrella service for the most complex cases, as well as cases in the lower courts, where the outcome for clients is equally significant.

public children law

Garden Court is best known for public law children work. We act for children, parents and local authorities. Our work covers care proceedings, adoption proceedings, secure accommodation, and the welfare of children following the end of a relationship, where the local authority is involved. 

Our barristers have acted in highly sensitive cases involving radicalisation, inter familial sexual abuse, non-accidental injury to infants, Female Genital Mutilation and highly sensitive cases where parents have been wrongly accused of harming their child. We also take instructions via Cafcass, the Official Solicitor or NYAS. Members of our team are experienced in representing vulnerable parties and work hard to ensure that their voices are heard.


private children law

We provide specialist advice and representation in the most complex disputes regarding child custody and child arrangements, acting for parents, children, grandparents and other family members. 

Our barristers are often instructed in complicated fact finding hearings and have particular expertise where there have been allegations of abuse. Our team combines strategic intelligence with empathy in our work with vulnerable parties and those who have mental health difficulties. We have significant experience in cases involving child abduction, radicalisation, trans rights, forced marriage, surrogacy, Female Genital Mutilation and international family law. 


Recent notable cases and news

'Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts' loose-leaf available now

Co-authored by members of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team, Amanda Weston QC, Lorna Cservenka, Mai-Ling Savage and Anne Osborne.

11 March 2022

Child unlawfully deprived of their liberty during lockdown

Rebekah Wilson, of the Garden Court Chambers Famly Team, appeared for the Respondent father, instructed by Saleha Bibi of Sternberg Reed.

21 February 2022

Naomi Wiseman recognised in The Sunday Times Alternative Honours List for pro bono work to end child marriage and ban hymenoplasty

The Sunday Times stated: "Wiseman scored a victory in July, when the government committed to ban virginity testing and child marriages. Both laws have since been voted in by MPs."

26 December 2021

Natasha Shotunde wins BSN Rising Star at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce Natasha Shotunde in the BSN Rising Star, in the Chambers category, at the UK Diversity Legal Awards 2021.

2 December 2021

Gráinne Mellon highly commended at Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021 in the 'Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year' category

We are delighted to announce Gráinne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers was highly commended in the 'Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year' category at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2021

3 November 2021

Gráinne Mellon shortlisted for International Bar Association's Pro Bono Award 2021

We are delighted to announce Gráinne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers has been shortlisted for the International Bar Association's Pro Bono Award 2021 for her incredible work helping vulnerable EU children and families apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

28 October 2021

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Lorna Cservenka joins Garden Court Family Team as new tenant

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome Lorna Cservenka to the Garden Court Chambers Family Team. Lorna is an outstanding family advocate. Called to the Bar in 2021, Lorna was a solicitor for 23 years before joining the Bar.

9 August 2021

Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cherryl Mogan shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Lue, Tessa Buchanan and Audrey Cheryl Mogan of Garden Court Chambers have been shortlisted at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2021.

18 May 2021

Garden Court Chambers mourns the death of Ian Peddie QC

4 March 2021

Naomi Wiseman quoted in The Guardian - New Bill could close child marriage loophole in England & Wales

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team is providing legal advice on the Bill.

5 October 2020

The Local Authority v Mothers and Others 2020 EWHC 1216

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team appeared in the case of The Local Authority v Mother & Ors, led by Andrew Bagchi QC, acting for an intervener whose younger brother had been strangled at the age of 13.

27 May 2020

Law Society Gazette - McFarlane warns of remote hearing ‘overload’ after wrong care order

Stephen Lue of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team represented the grandmother in this case.

13 May 2020

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Family Law Update: Uncertain perpetrator cases – the correct approach

Written by William Tautz of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Natural family in Ghana, securing Article 8 rights

Rebekah Wilson acted for the Appellant, Monifa Walters-Thompson acted pro bono for the fourth respondents and Maggie Jones acted for the Respondent Children’s Guardian.

10 January 2019

Family Law Update: Teenagers, secure accommodation and the relevance of consent

Written by Mai-Ling Savage of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: The recognition of foreign adoptions

Written by Kathryn Cronin of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: Order!

Written by Christopher McWatters of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: Civil restraint orders

Written by Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019.

5 November 2018

High Court hears failed asylum seeker's daughter 'at FGM risk'

Garden Court's James Holmes is instructed by Suffolk County Council.

1 November 2018

Appeal in care proceedings involving rival Special Guardianship Order contenders: a foster carer and extended family members in Ghana. Appeal allowed.

Rebekah Wilson instructed for the Appellant. Maggie Jones instructed for the Respondent Children's Guardian. 

30 October 2018

The London Infant and Family Team & The New Orleans Intervention Model

In England two local authorities – Croydon and Tower Hamlets –  have been trialling the New Orleans Intervention Model, a relationship focused intervention for families involved in care proceedings. King's College London are currently undertaking a random

18 September 2018

Court of Appeal allows first successful appeal against Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order

Sarah Forster appeared on behalf of the mother and James Holmes, who was also instructed at first instance, appeared on behalf the local authority led by Hannah Markham QC.

1 August 2018

What is confidentiality and does it matter anymore?

Sections 97(2) and (6) of the Children Act 1989 make it a criminal offence for anyone to publish material likely to identify a child involved in proceedings under the Act. The prohibition only lasts until the end of the proceedings - Clayton v Clayton [20

15 May 2018

Family cases and Deprivation of Liberty

There have been two important recent cases which have considered issues of deprivation of liberty and young people subject to care proceedings.

15 May 2018

Malek Wan Daud joins Council of Europe delegation to Portugal to evaluate implementation of Istanbul Convention on Combating Violence Against Women

Malek Wan Daud is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

28 March 2018

SM (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 9

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration Team appeared for the intervener, Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

19 February 2018

Bach Commission report calls for Rights to Justice Act and far wider eligibility for legal aid

Garden Court Chambers contributed evidence to the Bach Commission.

22 September 2017

ECPAT report finds no national process for identifying and recording missing child victims of trafficking

Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers contributed to the report.

21 August 2017

Proof magazine #3: ‘Life in the Justice Gap: Why legal aid matters’ launch supported by Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is proud to sponsor Proof magazine. The third issue of Proof was co-produced by the Justice Gap and the Justice Alliance.

20 July 2017

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The Team

Amanda Weston QC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2018

Allison Munroe QC

Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2020

Sarah Forster

Year of Call: 1976

Kathryn Cronin

Year of Call: 1980

Celia Graves

Year of Call: 1981

Ravinder Rahal

Year of Call: 1983

Amanda Meusz

Year of Call: 1986

Sorrel Dixon

Year of Call: 1987

Maggie Jones

Year of Call: 1990

Dinah Loeb

Year of Call: 2004

Malek Wan Daud

Year of Call: 1991

Henry Drayton

Year of Call: 1993

Amina Ahmed

Year of Call: 1995

Gregor Ferguson

Year of Call: 1995

Sharon Love

Year of Call: 1997

Lorna Cservenka

Year of Call: 2021

Katharine Marks

Year of Call: 1998

Mai-Ling Savage

Year of Call: 1998

Rebekah Wilson

Year of Call: 1998

Hannah Rought-Brooks

Year of Call: 1999

Ed Elliott

Year of Call: 2000

Bansi Soni

Year of Call: 2003

Davina Krishnan

Year of Call: 2004

Christopher McWatters

Year of Call: 2004

William Tautz

Year of Call: 2004

Victoria Burgess

Year of Call: 2006

Artis Kakonge

Year of Call: 2006

Stephen Lue

Year of Call: 2006

Ann Osborne

Year of Call: 2016

Hannah Wyatt

Year of Call: 2008

Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright

Year of Call: 2008

Gráinne Mellon

Year of Call: 2010

James Holmes

Year of Call: 2011

Naomi Wiseman

Year of Call: 2011

Nisha Bambhra

Year of Call: 2011

Natasha Shotunde

Year of Call: 2013

Anthony Forde

Year of Call: 2022

Katherine Duncan

Year of Call: 2014

Monifa Walters-Thompson

Year of Call: 2014

Jennifer Grehan

Year of Call: 2016

Luke McLean

Year of Call: 2017

Rachel Schon

Year of Call: 2018

Rehab Jaffer

Year of Call: 2019

Rehab Jaffer

Year of Call: 2019

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