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Monifa Walters-Thompson

  • Call: 2014

Monifa specialises in family law. She has a busy practice representing clients in public and private law matters.

During pupillage Monifa gained extensive experience in representing the Local Authority in care proceedings, providing astute and practical advice to professional clients. Since joining Garden Court Monifa has broadened her practice, working with lay clients from diverse minority backgrounds and with vulnerabilities including learning difficulties and mental health diagnoses.

As a practitioner she is known for being thorough in her preparation, producing documents that assist the bench and demonstrate all areas of the case have been considered.

Monifa has a particular interest in private law cases that involve children with disabilities and specialist needs, adapting submissions and case law to the particular needs of the family. Outside of children matters, she has experience with contested divorce matters, specifically pertaining to the validity of foreign divorces including Khula’ and Talaq.

Monifa also has a written element to her practice having drafted advice in the following areas: enforcement of child arrangements orders; education law; Public Interest Immunity applications; applications to discharge parental responsibility; and the use of the inherent jurisdiction in abduction cases.

Monifa would like to expand her practice in the areas of forced marriage, FGM and surrogacy.

Due to her background working with individuals lacking capacity Monifa has an interest in cases in the Court of Protection.


Prior to joining Garden Court Monifa undertook her pupillage Four Brick Court.

Monifa studied law at the University of Kent, where she obtained First Class Honours.

Monifa practices contemporary dance at the Central School of Ballet and the City Academy in her spare time.