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Gemma Taylor QC

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email gemma.taylor@42br.com


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Gemma practises family law, primarily public law care and adoption proceedings for local authorities, parents, children and Guardians. She has experience of the most difficult cases that involve complex medical evidence and serious injuries.

Gemma has extensive experience of all areas of private law family work. She has acted for Local Authorities in the Court of Protection.

In addition she advises and acts in judicial review applications in matters concerning Local authority responsibilities, Leaving Care provisions and in cases involving adults under a disability.

Gemma regularly gives seminars that have included topics ranging from the human rights implications of disclosure of information about children, public law assessments, special guardianship, publicity in care cases, assessing parents with a learning disability, challenging decisions about foster placements and the division of responsibility between courts and local authorities.


  • Renowned for her handling of serious public law cases relating to severe injury, abuse and adoption. She exhibits strength representing local authorities in matters with complex medical evidence. She has experience in cases that overlap with Human Rights
  • Strengths: “She is incredibly thorough with her preparation and a really calm and unflappable presence in court. People who use her and see her have an enormous amount of confidence in her, her advice and her ability to manage situations that can develop quickly.” Chambers and Partners 2018
  • Recommended Counsel in Chambers and Partners UK Guide Children section – representing Local Authorities, Guardians & Parents!”

Ranked in UK Bar Chambers 2019     Legal 500 logo

Professional memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Member of Inner Temple

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  • Queen Mary College London. LLB 1986

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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

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

Frank Feehan QC and Gemma Taylor succeed in Supreme Court

Frank Feehan QC and Gemma Taylor of 42BR’s Family team have succeeded in the Supreme Court case of Re A (A Child). Judgment was handed down on the 12th December 2012. Their arguments on the nature of “unqualified” rights under the European Convention were accepted by the Supreme Court in deciding that the right of

14th December 2012 Read more

Haq -v- Audit Commission – Judgment

In a new equal pay decision Haq v Audit Commission the Court of Appeal upholds the Respondent’s “genuine material factor” defence based on a form of “pay protection ”. The policy entailed that on reorganisation, employees kept the higher pay level of their old jobs where the new and old jobs were in the same

7th December 2012 Read more