Care Proceedings & Adoption Barristers

Care Proceedings & Adoption

Many members of the team are highly experienced in complex public law cases involving children. They are committed to the importance of this work, and the fact that all cases should be properly investigated and tested if vital (and frequently irreversible) decisions are to be made in respect of a child’s welfare. They are able to advise in respect of the independent expertise required in any given case, and upon issues surrounding the instruction of expert witnesses. Whilst undertaking all aspects of public law work, and appearing in all levels of court, there is a particular emphasis on cases involving advocacy in the higher courts.

Members are regularly instructed in cases alleging non-accidental injury, including serious head injury and factitious illness by proxy, other physical injury, emotional and/or sexual abuse. Although frequently instructed by local authorities, members of the team are equally sought-after for committed representation of parents, grandparents, extended family members where applicable and, of course, children themselves. Members of the team pride themselves on an ability to facilitate the testimony of children in a sensitive manner, where oral evidence from children is necessary. Likewise, there is considerable experience within the team in respect of acting for teenage clients or adult clients with learning difficulties.

A number of members have acquired substantial experience in medico-legal work and are adept at handling the most serious and complex cases where difficult medical or psychiatric issues arise. Most members of the team have practised or continue to practice in family, civil and criminal jurisdictions, and  are therefore fully cognisant of the issues which  may arise where there are parallel or related proceedings.

Care Proceedings & Adoption Barristers


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Barrister Rachel Langdale

Rachel Langdale QC

Call: 1990 | QC: 2009

Barrister Barbara Connolly

Barbara Connolly QC

Call: 1986 | QC: 2011

Barrister Susan Reed

Susan Reed

Call: 1984

Barrister Brendan Roche

Brendan Roche

Call: 1989

Barrister Maryam Syed

Maryam Syed

Call: 1993

Barrister Hari Kaur

Hari Kaur

Call: 1995

Barrister Susannah Johnson

Susannah Johnson

Call: 1996

Barrister Anita Guha

Anita Guha

Call: 1997

Barrister Justin Slater

Justin Slater

Call: 1999

Barrister Gina Allwood

Gina Allwood

Call: 2002

Barrister Nick Jack

Nick Jack

Call: 2002

Barrister Hanisha Patel

Hanisha Patel

Call: 2002

Barrister Helen Compton

Helen Compton

Call: 2011

Barrister Simon Rowbotham

Simon Rowbotham

Call: 2011

Barrister Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell

Call: 2015

Barrister Kitty Geddes

Kitty Geddes

Call: 2016

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