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Nkumbe Ekaney QC

Called 1990

Nkumbe Ekaney practises exclusively in family law specialising in complex cases concerning serious allegations of non-accidental injury; death, FII, sexual abuse and chronic neglect of children. These cases involve highly complex medical evidence.

In Private Law, Nkumbe’s practice include cases with allegations of serious physical, emotional or sexual abuse of children by parents.

Nkumbe has acted for minority and or immigrant parents accused of ritualistic and other abuse including radicalisation justified on cultural and religious grounds; he was leading counsel for the father in the leading FGM case of B&G (No 2) 2015 EWFC 3.

An extensive High Court practice with a wealth of experience acting for parents, children and local authorities in hearings involving chronic neglect, sexual abuse, serious physical and emotional harm and death of children.

Year of QC: 2011.

Nkumbe is a Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers.

‘He is phenomenal in cross-examination and meticulous in his approach to cases.’

Chambers UK 2020
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Family: Children
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Private Law

Nkumbe represents parents, children and relatives in highly contentious proceedings concerning children arising from relationship breakdown, including cases involving aspects of permission to relocate children and the international components of such removal.

Public Law

Nkumbe acts for local authorities, parents, children, guardians and relatives in a wide range of care, placement and adoption proceedings involving complex cases of infanticide, serious physical, sexual and ritualistic abuse of children and the vulnerable. These cases invariably involve complicated factual and medical considerations. He was leading counsel for the father in the first ever case on FGM in the Family Court.

Recommendations
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Chambers UK 2020 - ‘A very polished advocate who is good with clients. He’s also good at dealing with judges and is a very pleasant opponent.’

Chambers UK 2020 - ‘He is phenomenal in cross-examination and meticulous in his approach to cases.’

2017: “Represents parents and children in public and private child law cases, with particular expertise advising on matters concerning serious non-accidental injuries. He is also experienced at handling matters that concern sexual assault, neglect and child death.”

"A children lawyer through and through." "Very well thought of." (Chambers & Partners)

2015: “Renowned for his work in sensitive and complex child welfare law, notably infanticide cases and those involving serious allegations of abuse and neglect. In addition to his expertise in children law, he is equally proficient in dealing with the legalities that arise after breakdowns in marriages and civil partnerships.” (Chambers and Partners)

2014: “Recommended for public law children work, and cases involving infanticide and non-accidental injuries.” (Legal 500)

2014: “He is very good and always impresses.” (Chambers and Partners) 

2013: “Recommended” (Legal 500)

2013: “great to deal with and someone who looks after clients well.” (Chambers & Partners)

2012: “Highly recommended” (Legal 500)

2012: “His first-class practice” (Chambers & Partners)

2011: “Recommended” (Legal 500)

2010: “recommended for childcare cases” (Legal 500)

2010: “Applauded for his relaxed and charming manner” (Chambers & Partners 

2010: "Recommended" (Legal Experts) 

2009: “an excellent advocate — never ruffled” (Legal 500)

2008: His “laid-back and charming style” plays well with interviewees. (Chambers & Partners)

2008: “Smooth as velvet in court” (Legal 500)

2008: “Very Able. Extraordinary how much detail he can absorb”

“Extremely good in court, and personable out of it”

“Extremely realistic in his approach” (Chambers & Partners)

Notable Cases
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Re JS 2012 EWHC 1370

Re B & G (Children) No 2 2015 EWFC 3

Re X (FGMPO No 2) 2019 EWHC 1990 (Fam)

Re Q (Finding Rehearing) 2019 EWFC 60

Re Q (Finding Hearing) 2019 EWFC 75

Appointments
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Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales Queens Counsel 2011

Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons) Bristol

Professional Associations

Family Law Bar Association Western Circuit

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