Linda Cains

Called: 1990


Linda was called to the Bar in 1990 and is a leading Family Law barrister. A practice developed over more than 20 years, Linda has vast experience of dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown, including residence, contact and financial remedy proceedings. Linda has a particular interest in cases with a foreign element, including issues of relocation / removal from the jurisdiction.

Linda appears in all levels of court and has a practice spanning the North East of England.

Linda is approachable and combines a willingness to listen with an ability to provide clear and down to earth guidance as to the way forward. Linda is conscious of the emotional and financial toll of litigation. She is a fearless advocate and presents her clients’ case forcefully where contested hearings are required, but will also provide realistic and constructive advice with a view to resolving issues by agreement if she feels her client’s aims can be met in that way.


Legal 500 2020 - ‘Hard working and always well-prepared.’

Legal 500 2019 - 'Highly intelligent and dedicated to her cases.’

Legal 500 218 - ‘Known for acting in adoption proceedings matters.’

Legal 500 2017 - 'She has an unrelenting energy to lift every stone and make sure all bases are covered.'

Public Law Children

Linda is regularly instructed in care and placement for adoption proceeding. She is experienced in representing Local Authorities, parents and children in complex cases involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, including cases where findings are sought about the cause and circumstances of child deaths. Her attention to detail and careful analysis of evidence make her particularly sought after in finding of fact hearings.

Private Law Children

Court of Protection

In tandem with her family law practice, Linda is experienced in representing parties in the Court of Protection and is an active member of Court of Protection Practitioners Association.

Memberships & Appointments

Recorder (Family)
Court of Protection Practitioners Association
Family Law Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit
Mental Health Lawyers Association
Lawyers for Children


Linda has presented a number of seminars to solicitors and other professionals in fields such as Public law, financial remedy and Court of Protection. Linda has recently presented seminars on Public Law Outline and An Introduction to the Court of Protection