Stephen Lue is a specialist family law barrister. His practice covers a wide range of applications including public and private children law, ancillary relief and domestic violence. He also acts in Court of Protection cases.
Stephen's experience in private law children work covers contact and residence applications including contested final hearings where there are serious allegations of sexual abuse and violence. His strength is always keeping the focus on the welfare of the child regardless of the issues that adults in the case seek to litigate.
In relation to his public law children practice, Stephen has experience representing parents, Guardians, local authorities, grandparents and parties making special guardianship applications, and is regularly instructed in cases which involve issues of neglect, drug misuse, mental health, domestic violence, physical and emotional abuse.
Past notable cases can be viewed below. Click here to see a list of recent notable cases.
- Re L (A Child) (Placement with mother or father)  EWCA Civ 801
- Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v Fixsler and others  EWCA Civ 1018
- Re A (A Child : Surrogacy: Section 54 Criteria)  EWHC 1426 (Fam)
- Re B (Children) (Remote Hearing: Interim Care Order)  EWCA Civ 584
- Re L (Placement with mother or father)  EWFC B49
- Egeneonu v Egeneonu & Anor  EWHC 1392 (Fam)
- Kent County Council v A, B, C and D (Children: Weight to be attached to evidence of child after flawed ABE interviews)  EWFC B7
- Re V, X, Y and Z  EWFC B103
- Re D (Children)  EWCA Civ 1126
In ancillary relief Stephen represents wives, husbands and civil partners in financial remedy applications; dealing with parties who have modest assets as well as those who hold more complex assets in multiple jurisdictions. Stephen also handles financial applications for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He regularly advises and represents clients with claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act.
Stephen is member of the Court of Protection Team at Garden Court Chambers. He is ideally placed to work on all applications concerning vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection, drawing on his expertise in children and family law for families and local authorities. Both areas of law are based on the 'best interests' jurisdiction and involve the application of parallel principles, in which Stephen is fully experienced.
Stephen has dealt with applications with contentious and sensitive issues including applications concerning forced marriage, the giving of medical treatment, deprivations of liberty, care, contact with family members where there are allegations of sexual or physical abuse and/or neglect, access to the community unescorted, injunctions to e.g. remove persons from their home or prevent family members returning them to the family home.
"A conscientious, calm and focused advocate who is a sensible, reassuring presence in court." - Chambers & Partners, 2021 (Family: Children)
"Has a calm, yet authoritative manner which means that he is able to remain professional even in the face of difficult or aggressive clients. He is a knowledgeable and confident advocate." - Legal 500, 2021 (Children Law)
"Stephen's kindness, sensitivity, compassion and understanding enabled me to feel safe and supported. He ensured he covered everything that was necessary. His strength, clarity, knowledge and personable manner have been unwavering and his ongoing support has been an invaluable source of strength. I would unequivocally recommend Stephen." - Anonymous Client
"I really want to thank Mr Stephen Lue. I cannot give this charming young man enough credit. He never gave up. He fought my case with utmost professionalism." - Anonymous Client
"He was very aware of how I was feeling, showed empathy and understanding during both my visits to court. He was determined to make sure I received the best possible settlement and what he achieved was far beyond my expectations." - Anonymous Client
"Never lose this barrister, hang on to him, you all make a great team." - Anonymous Client
"Thank you Stephen for all of the work you have just completed on my case. It was my first experience working through the public access scheme and you were helpful and sensitive in the navigation of the difference in approach." - Anonymous Client
"This talented and remarkable man was a pleasure to work with. Stephen is highly skilled and sensitive, but tenacious. I was confident my children and I were in safe hands. Once you have worked with Stephen you will want no one else." - Anonymous Client