Private Law Children

Specialist Areas

Spire Barristers’ specialist Private Law Children barristers have a distinguished history of providing advice and advocacy in disputes between parents about children’s arrangements from all sectors of society, in all levels of the Family Court across the North Eastern Circuit and where necessary, nationwide.

Spire Barristers expert Private Law Children barristers provide:

  • Advice, written and in person
  • Representation and advocacy in court
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • On all issues relating to the care and upbringing of children arising as a result of the end of a relationship through divorce, dissolution, separation or death.

Private Law Children Cases encompass all aspects of Child Arrangement Orders. These new types of order, (previously known as Residence and Contact orders), were implemented in 2014 with the enactment of the Children & Families Act 2014 and now concentrate on the amount of time a child spends with each of their parents. These are often highly emotional and complex cases, and issues such as sexual abuse, physical violence, emotional and mental abuse are regular features of cases handled by our specialist Children Law barristers, who display a high degree of expertise, skill and knowledge.

Other areas of disagreement may include specific issues such as schooling or medical treatment, taking children both abroad temporarily or permanently, as well as issues relating to internal re-location within the UK.

Our specialist Family Law barristers also have extensive experience of representing grandparents and other family members, complex and intractable disputes, enforcement of orders relating to children’s arrangements and protecting children from publicity.

Spire Barristers members have significant experience in urgent cases requiring injunctions, Wardship or involving the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. They are leaders in the following fields of Family Law:

  • Child custody
  • Parental abduction
  • Parental alienation
  • Adoption and Surrogacy
  • Forced Marriage.
Contact one of our Family Law clerks to instruct a Barrister


Our members are experienced in handling often highly emotional and complex cases.