We use cookies to offer you a better experience and analyse site traffic.

By continuing to use this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

Our strength
is in our groups

Areas of Expertise


Gemma has co – authored with Simon Johnson, Barrister, a book entitled “Assessment of Parents in Care Proceedings” published in March 2014 by Jordans Publishing Limited.


  • MA (Cantab) (English), Robinson College, Cambridge (1990)
  • CPE Law  - University of Westminster, London (1993)
  • Bar Finals  - Inns of Court School of Law, London (1994)


Gemma enjoys going to the theatre, listening to music, spending time with her family and pets and the occasional run.

Gemma Farrington QC


Gemma specialises in complex care and private law proceedings.  In respect of care proceedings, she is acknowledged as a specialist in complex cases such as Non Accidental Injury, Sexual Abuse, Fabricated and Induced Illness and cases involving other serious allegations.  She acts for parents, children, relatives, Special Guardians and adopters.  In respect of private law work, she has been acknowledged as being skilled in cases involving complex fact finding hearings or allegations of parental alienation.  She acts for parents and is also regularly instructed by Guardians pursuant to rule 16.4 FPR 2010.

Gemma has acted in Court of Protection cases and has a real interest in this area of law which she wishes to develop and expand in the future.

Recent cases

Gemma is currently instructed in a number of complex care cases and has experience of leading more junior counsel in complex care cases and of being led herself by Queens counsel.

Reported cases

  • W- J (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 788
  • Re K (Care Proceedings: fact finding) [2011] 2FLR 199
  • H (Children) (Sexual abuse: fact finding) [2011] All ER (D) 69 (May)
  • LM (By her Guardian) v Medway Council, RM & YM [2007]  EWCA Civ 9 [2007] 1 FLR 1698 CA

News & Events

News & events

Gemma Farrington - Recent Case

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.

Published: 13th Sep 2021

London Legal Walk

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.

Published: 18th Aug 2021