Called 2007 Email Gemma
Gemma became a tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers after successfully completing her specialist family law pupillage. Before undertaking her pupillage Gemma worked as an in house advocate (family law) for a number of years.
Gemma is also a licensed attorney in New York (admitted 2010).
In 2013, Gemma was one of two barristers in the UK selected by the Inns of Court to undertake a Pegasus Scholarship in the USA. She spent 8 weeks in Washington DC, Virginia, Philadelphia and Boston where she had the unique opportunity to observe differing aspects of the American legal system. The scholarship included time spent with members of the judiciary and attorneys at the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for Virginia, the Pentagon and the Senate.
Gemma regularly represents Local Authorities, parents and children in care and adoption proceedings.
Gemma has extensive experience of lengthy contested hearings and finding of fact hearings. She is frequently instructed in matters involving sexual abuse, non- accidental injury, fabricated illness, domestic violence, emotional harm, and neglect.
Gemma has a particular interest in public law matters involving an international element. In recent times, a significant proportion of her caseload has had an Eastern European dimension. Such cases frequently involve complex issues of assessment overseas, liaising with foreign authorities, applications for transfer of jurisdiction pursuant to Article 15 BIIR, placement of children abroad and issues of promoting cultural identity.
She is also frequently instructed to deal with contested applications for leave to oppose the making of adoption orders.
Gemma’s practice further includes the whole range of private law children applications including internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction.
'Effects of the Credit Crunch on divorce settlements' (Dornier Whittaker and Gemma Meredith Davies), Leeds & Yorkshire Lawyer, August 2009
'Till Divorce us do Part', Newcastle News, 21st December 2010
LLB (Hons) Durham University (2006) Bar Vocational Course (MMU 2007) Licensed Attorney and Counselor at Law in the state of New York (Admitted 2010)
Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division (ABA) New York State Bar Association Pegasus Scholar 2013