About Alex Taylor
Alex joined Chambers in 2011 having spent the previous decade at Park Court Chambers in Leeds. He practices in all areas of family law and has conducted cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, County Court and Family Proceedings Court.
|Education:||BA (Hons) (Oxon) - English. First Class, Oxford University Violet Vaughan Morgan Prize in English, Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, Inner Temple Major Scholarship and Basil Nield Award.|
|Professional Associations:||Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)|
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Chambers & Partners 2018
A child law specialist, he has vast experience in handling complex public law children cases. He regularly acts in cases concerning such matters as sexual abuse, adoption, murder, non-accidental injury and cultural practices.
Strengths: "He is incredibly thorough, whether representing parents or a local authority." "Very well regarded."
Recent work: Represented the local authority in an adoption case concerning three children of Ghanaian parents. The case raised issues of the weight to be attached to cultural and racial background when considering a plan for adoption.
“He has been very supportive throughout, and understanding of our concerns taking into account things we were worried about”- Social Worker, Leeds City Council; January 2017.
"Alex has shown great commitment to the client and his advice has been of the highest quality in this unusual and difficult case. He has been pleasant to work with and always accessible, which are also very important"-The Official Solicitor, October 2015.
He is recommended in the Legal 500 2011 - good on his feet.
Counsel for the Appellant in Re K (A Child)  EWCA Civ 478 in which the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against an order refusing direct contact notwithstanding that the trial judge had rightly made "coruscating criticisms" of the father's immoral and dangerous behaviour: cohabitation with his mother-in-law, a conviction for people-trafficking and a failure to accept a serious breach of a non-molestation order. The court reiterated "the court's starting point in any inquiry into contact, namely the need in principle for a child to have some sort of a relationship with both her parents and at least an informed sense of her own identity".
Alex regularly provides lectures and seminars for local authority staff, solicitors and other interested groups. His lectures are CPD accredited.