Children


“St John’s is a premier family law set with a roster of experienced advocates. Members undertake family cases of all levels and complexity. The set earns a wealth of positive feedback from clients, who are highly appreciative of the fantastic service they receive.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)

 

Our children’s team consists of 4 silks and 20 juniors, and offers expertise at all levels of call with experience in all issues relating to children, including care proceedings, adoption and child abduction cases.

Members of the team appear in all levels of court and represent a wide range of clients:

  • Local authorities
  • Guardians
  • CAFCASS Legal
  • Official Solicitor
  • Parents
  • Competent children
  • Family members

Where appropriate, individual members of the team may be prepared to undertake work under direct or public access.

The team is able to deal sensitively and expertly with cases involving parents with learning difficulties or capacity issues, including cases which involve issues of adult welfare. Team member Abigail Bond is the author of Care Proceedings and Learning Disabled Parents – A Handbook for Family Lawyers (Jordans, 2011).

Members of the team have a combined wealth of experience dealing with cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual or physical abuse, factitious injury, and other cases which require management of complex, expert, medical or extensive factual evidence. Members have acted in such cases for local authorities, protective parents, children or alleged perpetrators.

Members are also experienced in dealing with wardship and inherent jurisdiction matters, including matters relating to consent for medical treatment and a range of other adult welfare matters falling under the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection.

The team is able to offer advice and representation in cases with an international element, whether that be abduction (Hague or non-Hague), adoption, other placement overseas or applications for removal from the jurisdiction.

As well as public law cases the team regularly undertake private children work, including complex and intractable matters involving fact finding or expert evidence. Members have experience of dealing with cases involving cultural or religious issues, and a range of non-traditional family units, including same sex relationships.

Members also undertake injunction and committal work relating to all child care matters, along with forced marriage applications, and several team members have associated areas of practice including education and child support work.

“Both counsel and clerks provide a high-quality service, working with solicitors and clients to meet tight deadlines. The clerks are great; they will always try to give you the barrister who best suits the client.” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.

Members