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London EC4Y 9DB
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3 St Aldates's, Oxford
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
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Fax (01865) 791 968

Children Law


Recommended as a leading children law set by the Legal 500 (London and regional sections) and by the Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession, Darre Chambers’ children law team is led by Frances Judd QC, supported by John Vater QC and Nicholas Goodwin QC and 42 juniors.  


Darre Chambers’ reputation within the field of children law is well-established and continues to grow. In the private law arena, chambers’ work includes all forms of parental dispute, including child abduction, parental alienation, and removal from the jurisdiction, while its public law work encompasses care, placement and adoption proceedings, up to the most complex and severe cases of physical and sexual abuse and factitious illness.


Members of chambers frequently appear at appellate level and in reported cases. These have included in the last two years a seminal House of Lords decision on child abduction, three of the most important Court of Appeal decisions on the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and a highly influential Court of Appeal decision concerning removal from the jurisdiction. Members of chambers appeared in the first case ever to be argued before the new Supreme Court in October 2009, and in that court’s short history have already appeared before it in three separate matters.  


Members of chambers also write and lecture regularly about topical children law issues, and are prominent in both the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children.