Our Chambers is renowned for its expertise in children private law cases. Our barristers have a wide range of experience in dealing with all areas of private law including:

  • International child abduction,
  • Applications for “live with” and “spend time” with child arrangement orders,
  • Complex Children act cases including those involving parental alienation and intractable hostility
    (where the parent with the care of the child, and/or the subject child, is opposed to any form of contact between the child and the other parent),
  • Cases where one or both of the parents raise allegations against the other of domestic abuse such as physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse or of controlling coercive behaviour, and where a fact find hearing may be required to determine the allegations,
  • Cases involving substance misuse (drugs and or alcohol),
  • Cases involving vulnerable clients including those with mental health
    difficulties which may require representation by the Official Solicitor or a litigation friend,
  • Enforcement of such orders if they are breached,
  • Applications for other section 8 children act orders, including prohibited steps and specific issues orders which may include the following:
    • Leave to permanently or temporarily remove the child from the jurisdiction,
    • Cases concerning disputes over the child’s religion, education, medical
      treatment including LGBTQ issues, parenting and surname.

Our barristers routinely represent parents and those with parental responsibility, including surrogates and and special guardians, grandparents and other family members, as well as the child via his/her appointed Guardian or separately via his/her Instructing Solicitor.

They regularly appear in all the levels of courts  from the lay justices up to the High court and appellate courts. Our barristers collaborate closely with their instructing solicitors upon each and every case and with the client to achieve the best outcome.

Our clerks consult carefully with solicitors to ensure the right barrister is allocated for each case. Our barristers also undertake direct access work in these areas.

Legal 500 Testimonials

“Andrew has clear written and verbal communication skills. He is well-liked by clients and solicitors and builds rapport easily. He has strong negotiation skills and aims to resolve disputes at the earliest possible stage.”

About Andrew Austin – Guildford Chambers
Legal 500 2024

“Suzanne has a sympathetic but direct way of working. She is comfortable in challenging opponents and is a strong advocate, obtaining good results for her clients.”

About Suzanne Kelly – Guildford Chambers
Legal 500 2024

Dominique is an extremely hardworking barrister who will go above and beyond for a client. She is meticulous with her work and has great attention to detail, especially in very complex children’s cases. Her attendance notes are clear, and her position statements are always well presented with clear arguments.
Legal 500, 2023

About Dominique Gillan
Guildford Chambers

“Fiona manages to combine legal brilliance with a quick wit and lightness of touch. She knows the papers inside out, puts her lay clients at immediate ease and is highly respected by the court.”
Legal 500, 2023

About Fiona Griffin
Guildford Chambers


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Our Barristers’ caseloads often result in them working in London, and more widely across the UK, but we are delighted that our knowledge and understanding of local issues also makes us the natural first choice for businesses and individuals in Guildford, Surrey and the surrounding areas who are looking for legal advice and assistance.
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