Nkumbe Ekaney KC

Called 1990

He has always been ready to go the extra mile to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Chambers and Partners (2024) - Family: Children (Band 2)


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 KC: 2011.

Nkumbe is a Door Tenant at Parklane Plowden Chambers.

Areas of Expertise

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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.

Chambers UK 2024 - "Very thorough in his cross-examination and very quick on his feet. He's very well respected and clients find him very approachable, down to earth and easy to understand."

Chambers UK 2024 - "He has always been ready to go the extra mile to achieve the best possible outcomes."

Chambers UK 2024 - "He has got a very nice courtroom style."

Legal 500 2024 - "Nkumbe is a class act. He has a charming manner and cross-examines complex evidence with ease. His submissions are of the highest standard."

Chambers UK 2021 - "Smooth, sophisticated and an excellent leader, he is missile-like in seeking out what the judge needs." "He reassures his clients, and his ability to look at things forensically is superb."

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)

Family Law Bar Association Western Circuit

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

Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales Queens Counsel 2011

LLB (Hons) Bristol

Door Tenant