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Family: Children

Our team of specialist children law barristers have a long-established reputation for expertise in both Private and Public law proceedings. Members are adept at dealing with the most difficult disputes over children’s welfare and are renowned for their approach in dealing with cases of a sensitive nature.

Experienced, approachable and supported by a highly-regarded clerking team, we are Counsel of choice for Local Authorities, parents and children in the most complex cases. Our members appear at every level of the family courts, including regular appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Boasting more than 40 barristers, including three much sought-after QC’s, our family child law team are regarded as one the strongest on circuit. Members routinely appear in significant reported children law cases and several members are recognised by legal directories as leaders in their field, considered, 'a strong set of barristers, with a wide variety of skills ans personalities' ... "real strength and depth in private children law matters from solid emerging junior group through to senior juniors." [Legal 500, 2021].

Both barristers and clerks recognise the pressures that solicitor clients face daily, as well as the emotional pressures experienced by lay clients. Our objective is to ease the burden on both.

We are proud of our dedicated and highly experienced family law team headed by Sara Anning and superbly clerked by Mark Williams who is a regular recipient of plaudits from solicitors for his awareness and knowledge.

Family: Children Barristers

Jo Delahunty QC

Called 1985

Nkumbe Ekaney QC

Called 1990

Alison Grief QC

Called 1990

John Worrall

Called 1984

Deborah Shield

Called 1991

Julia Nelson

Called 1993

Sara Anning

Called 1994

Philippa Wordsworth

Called 1995

Daniel Pitt

Called 1995

Louise McCallum

Called 1999

Rosemary Exall

Called 2000

Jane Semple

Called 2000

Alex Taylor

Called 2000

Katherine Goss

Called 2002

Lynn McFadyen

Called 2003
Admitted as a Solicitor in 1993

Paul Edwards

Called 2003

Julie Richardson

Called 2003

Farzana Tai

Called 2003

Phil Booth

Called 2004
Admitted as a Solicitor in 1988

Clare Garnham

Called 2005

John Jackson

Called 2006
Admitted as a Solicitor in 1989

Lucy Sowden

Called 2006

Natalia Levine

Called 2007

Gemma Meredith Davies

Called 2007

Donna Quigley

Called 2007

Lewis Donnelly

Called 2008

Charlotte Wilce

Called 2009

Simon Wilkinson

Called 2010

Kate Clarkson

Called 2011

Nathaniel Garner

Called 2013

Maxine Best

Called 2013

Iain Hutchinson

Called 2013

Neil Allerton

Called 2016
Admitted as a Solicitor in 1982

Rebecca Musgrove

Called 2016

Giorgia Sessi

Called 2017

Emily Ross

Called 2017

Shabab Rizvi

Called 2017

Patrick Hulley

Called 2018

Emily Chipchase

Called 2018

Chloe Branton

Called 2019

Hannah Whitehouse

Called 2019

Areas of Expertise


Special guardianship orders

Wardship and inherent jurisdiction of the High Court

Representing local authorities, parents and children (directly or through their children’s Guardian) and others in applications by local authorities to take children into public care

Human rights claims involving local authorities and other public bodies

Alleged parental injury to children and complex medical evidence



Fabricated/induced illness

Cases which involve the handling of vulnerable clients and witnesses

Non-accidental injury

Forced marriage


Same-sex relationships


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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