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Advocacy and discretion…




Our Family Group

Our Family Practice group is ranked and recommended by both Chambers Partners and Legal 500. Our large group of barristers covers the full spectrum of family  and matrimonial law, with members available at various levels of experience to accommodate your needs.

We are acutely aware of the human side of family law and explore all avenues, including mediation,  to minimise the financial and emotional stresses of disputes. We operate an out-of-hours helpline and our barristers will respond quickly to emergencies.

The group is especially well-known for its work in the public law childcare field, but we regularly work in all of the following areas of family and matrimonial law:-

  • Adoption Act Applications
  • Financial Remedies
  • Child Abduction
  • Forced Marriage
  • Radicalisation
  • Inheritance Act Applications
  • Private Law Children Act Applications
  • Public Law Child Care
  • Human Rights
  • Mental Health
  • Community Care
  • Asylum Applications
  • National Assistance Act Cases
  • Education
  • Provision for the Elderly
  • Registered Home Act Applications
  • Judicial Review

Online Seminar Download Documents

We will be adding Family related seminars to our YouTube Channel over the coming months. Seminar notes and handouts are referred to at times and they can be downloaded below:

Here are some examples of our work:-

  • Re C (Children fact find medical presentation) 2020 - Cite as: [2020] EWFC B1
  • Re X: Emergency Protection Orders [2006] EWHC 510 (Fam)     
  • ESCC v SV
  • DCC v IB & EB [2014] EWHC 369 (Fam) - Lancashire V TP
  • P (A CHILD) [2019] EWCA Civ 1346 (30 July 2019)Jane Hayford instructed for the Respondent mother. Appeal by intervenor against findings of fact made in care proceedings. Appeal allowed. Judgment can be found here.
  • Lancashire County Council v TP & Ors(Permission to Withdraw Care Proceedings) [2019] EWFC 30 (09 May 2019)Tina Cook and Gemma Taylor QC were instructed in the recently reported decision of Lancashire County Council v TP & Ors (Permission to Withdraw Care Proceedings) [2019] EWFC 30 (09 May 2019) The treatment of two transgender children had been one of the issues in the case. The decision sets out helpful guidance on leave to withdraw care proceedings and the difficulty and complexity of dealing with transgender children and the understanding of professionals of best practice in such cases. More information can be found here.
  • Re Q (Child: Interim Care Order: Jurisdiction)Damian Woodward-Carlton QC acted for the mother in Re Q (Child: Interim Care Order: Jurisdiction). Child approaching 17 - Effect of s 38(4) of the Children Act 1989. More information can be found here
  • Lukjanenko v Medway Council EWCA Civ 612 – Mark Chaloner for the Respondent. Dismissal of appeal against an order imposing a sentence of imprisonment for breach of reporting restriction and Protection from Harassment Act injunctions. More information can be found here.
  • Re H (A Child : Hair Strand Testing) EWFC 64 - Highly technical scientific case considering the efficacy of hair strand testing for metabolites of cocaine and other street drugs in family proceedings. Tina Cook QC and Damian Woodward-Carlton (instructed by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP) for Alere Toxicology. More information can be found here.
  • C, D & E (Children) – Tina Cook QC appeared on behalf of the Applicant. C, D & E (Children), Re [2015] EWFC 92 (22 May 2015) – Acting for a Local Authority in a historic sexual abuse allegation case where the allegations were made by family members of the most serious abuse. The evidential difficulties of seeking such findings after more than 15 years were explored by the court.
  • Devon County Council V EB & ORS (Minors) - Devon v EB was the first case where EDS was a feature involving infant twins both of whom suffered subdural haemorrhages and bone fractures. Tina Cook QC and Katie Phillips appeared on behalf of the father. The court was unable to make findings and the proceedings were dismissed. The unknown aetiology was of particular importance given the links to EDS.
  • C (A Child) Court of Appeal Neutral Citation Number: Jonathan Bennett - an appeal against a finding that the Mother was responsible for non-accidental injuries made by a judge effectively without notice to the parties at the disposal hearing, when a different judge had been unable to decide which of the parents was responsible for the causation of the injuries at a previous fact-finding hearing.


Family Barristers

News & events

Gemma Farrington - Recent Case

This case concerned a toddler who sadly passed away from natural causes but as is usual underwent a skeletal survey following his death.

13th September 2021 Read more

London Legal Walk

A team of barristers from 42 Bedford Row are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers to raise funds for the London Legal Support Trust which funds Law Centres and pro bono agencies in and around London.

18th August 2021 Read more

Re A, B and C [2021] EWCA Civ 451 – Case note

The Court of Appeal has found that a trial judge had misapplied Lucas in finding that a juvenile’s consciousness of guilt that he had sexually abused another child was the only reasonable explanation for his lies at trial.

12th April 2021 Read more

Caroline Landes

Chambers is delighted to welcome Caroline Landes as a new member of our Family Law team.

27th August 2019 Read more

CHICKS Charity Night

Thanks to the generosity of everyone, we raised an outstanding £1,309.65 which will go some way to help children in desperate need for a respite break.

27th March 2019 Read more

Public Children Law Conference

Tina Cook QC will be speaking at the Public Children Law Conference on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at The Caledonian Club. Tina Cook QC will be speaking on Fact finding hearings.

26th September 2018 Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Conference

Sharan Bhachu and Sian Gough are joining a panel discussion on children law at the Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference on the 16th May, at Gray’s Inn.

18th April 2018 Read more

Gemma Taylor QC

Congratulations to Gemma Taylor QC who is pictured here receiving her Letters Patent.

26th February 2018 Read more

Gemma Taylor

Congratulations to Gemma Taylor who is pictured here with her family and colleagues from 42 Bedford Row as she leaves Chambers to travel to Westminster where she will be appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Lord Chancellor in today’s ceremony.

26th February 2018 Read more

Gemma Taylor

42 Bedford Row is delighted to announce that Gemma Taylor has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in the 2017 competition.

20th December 2017 Read more

Jeremy Rosenblatt – Family Law update

Jermey Rosenblatt has contributed to the December edition of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division. Topics include: Poland: a Supreme Court and Gay lawyers.

20th December 2017 Read more

Priority need and the meaning of ‘dependent children’

19 and 21-year old son and daughter of a homeless applicant are not ‘dependent children’ for the purposes of assessing ‘priority need’ Introduction Stefan Liberadzki recently appeared for a local authority in a homelessness appeal under s.204 of the Housing Act 1996. Here he discusses the Court’s decision that the appellant’s children could not count

5th July 2017 Read more

Chambers are delighted to announce that Jessica Atkinson, formerly of 1 Gray’s Inn Square has joined our Family Team

Jessica is a specialist family practitioner. Her particular expertise is in public law children cases involving chronic neglect, domestic abuse, substance misuse and non-accidental injury, representing parents, children’s guardians and other family members. Jessica acts for parents and grandparents in a wide range of family law and private law children applications, dealing with cases involving

19th June 2017 Read more

Heading AD & AM (Fact-Finding: Re-Hearing) [2016] EWHC 2912 (Fam)

Tina Cook QC, Damian Woodward-Carlton and Fareha Choudhury appeared in this re-hearing of a fact finding. A mother found to have inflicted near-fatal injuries to the spine and skull of her infant son, successfully applied to re-hear the findings of fact. Newly-obtained medical evidence of the child’s spinal osteopenia led the Court to replace its

12th January 2017 Read more

Archer v Titchener: Did Judge Loomis get it right?

After the almost unbearable tension of the criminal hearing to determine whether or not Helen would be found guilty of stabbing Rob, last week saw the family court hearing to determine the living and contact arrangements for Henry and Jack. Four members of the chambers’ family team, who are all addicted to the Archers, have

19th September 2016 Read more

Chambers is delighted to announce that Monica Ford and Edward Lloyd-Jones, both formerly of Fourteen, have joined our family team.

Monica is a specialist family practitioner with extensive experience in public law children cases and regularly instructed in public law care proceedings involving non-accidental injury, infant death, fabricated illness, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, Special Guardianship and adoption. Edward was called to the bar in 2012 having previously had a successful career as a solicitor. He

8th August 2016 Read more

Chambers is delighted to welcome Emma Romer from East Sussex County Council

Emma has very wide experience in all areas of children law and practice including care proceedings (including cases with an international element involving Brussels IIR and the Hague Convention), emergency remedies and adoption law and process (she was legal adviser to the agency decision-maker) including adoptions with a foreign element.

19th July 2016 Read more

Parents with learning disabilities in care proceedings seminar 10th March 2016

Seminar on parents with learning disabilities given on 10th March. Gemma Taylor (barrister 42 Bedford Row) outlined the duties of Local Authorities to parents with learning disabilities and the recent case law. Rachel Butt (Senior Advocate, Impetus) explained how parents actually experience court proceedings and what steps could be taken to improve outcomes. Please find

14th March 2016 Read more

Siân Gough acted for the younger children in the case of Hampshire County Council v A, B, C, D & E [2015] EWFC B186

The 22 day final hearing took place over a period of 19 months. The local authority were found to have extensively breached the family's human rights by the unlawful removal of the children from the parents' care, failure to fairly involve the parents in the decision-making process, the deliberate failure to disclose material evidence, failure to promote family life and the failure to undertake a fair assessment.

2nd December 2015 Read more

Paedophile Ring successful convictions

A Paedophile case in which Tina Cook QC appeared both in the Court of Appeal and later in the High Court on a jurisdiction matter has culminated in successful prosecutions of the Mother in the Norwich Crown Court.

29th July 2015 Read more

Family Law Awards

Chambers is delighted to announce that Zimran Samuel has been awarded Family Junior Barrister of the Year by Jordan Publishing. Congratulations are also extended to Frank Feehan QC who was a short-listed nominee in the category of Family Silk of the Year both by Jordan Publishing and Chambers and Partners.

21st October 2014 Read more

Family Law Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Chambers is delighted to announce that Frank Feehan QC has been shortlisted for Family Law QC of the Year 2014 and Zimran Samuel has been shortlisted for Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014.

28th July 2014 Read more

Re P (Children- Relocation) EWCA 2014 (6th June 2014)

The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a Mother seeking to relocate with her two children to Germany. The Mother's application had been dismissed by the lower court after it found that the Mother was motivated to stop contact.

18th June 2014 Read more