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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.”

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“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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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. 


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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

Family Rights Group launches inquiry report on section 20 voluntary arrangements for children coming into the care system

Garden Court Chambers were delighted to host the launch of this report.

11 July 2017

Garden Court Chambers extends condolences and solidarity to all those affected by Grenfell Tower tragedy

Garden Court Chambers is horrified by the fire at Grenfell Towers. We extend our condolences and our solidarity to all those bereaved, injured or rendered homeless.

16 June 2017

Malek Wan Daud joins Council of Europe delegation to Denmark to evaluate implementation of Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women

The Istanbul Convention is also known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

10 May 2017

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Victoria Burgess to the Family Team

Garden Court Chambers are delighted to welcome Victoria Burgess to the Family Law Team.

11 April 2017

Garden Court welcomes Katharine Marks to its Family Team

We are delighted to announce that Katharine Marks joined the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

31 March 2017

Garden Court welcomes James Holmes to its Family Team

We are delighted to announce that James Holmes has joined the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

28 March 2017

Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC elected as Joint Heads of Chambers

Garden Court is delighted to announce that Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC have been elected as Joint Heads of Chambers.

31 January 2017

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2017.

2 November 2016

The Archers’ domestic violence plot reveals real harm of LASPO cuts

Garden Court's Rebekah Wilson and Lottie Mayers of Miles & Partners explain more in this article via Legal Voice.

29 September 2016

Garden Court Chambers secures number one spot in Legal 500 2016

We now have the second highest number of junior barrister rankings of any chambers in the Legal 500 2016.

14 September 2016

Kathryn Cronin and Naomi Wiseman shortlisted at Family Law Awards

Kathryn is shortlisted in the International Family Lawyer category, Naomi is shortlisted for the Family Law Young Barrister of the Year award.

1 September 2016

Garden Court enters Legal 500 top five

We have achieved 79 individual rankings and retained tier 1 rankings in immigration, social housing and civil liberties.

22 September 2015

Garden Court Chambers remains a Top Tier set in Legal 500 2014

We are proud to learn today that Garden Court Chambers has once again been recommended as a Top Tier set in Legal 500 2014.

1 October 2014

Garden Court supports Rights of Women's legal challenge

Members of Garden Court Chambers joined the demonstration on Friday against government's changes to legal aid which are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid in family law cases.

22 September 2014

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