Public Law Children

Specialist Areas

A team of professional and dedicated Public and Private Law Children practitioners, with a long- standing history of advice and advocacy, tailored to your specifications.

Here, we pride ourselves on delivering a premium and personalised service in Public Law proceedings for all parties. Our core client base consists of parents, guardians, grandparents or other extended family members; and as required, the children themselves. We have well-established relations in consultations with Local Authorities and Government bodies, in all levels of the Family Court across the North- Eastern circuit and beyond.

Our proven history has been strengthened by recent additions to the team, ensuring that our core principles of delivering advice and advocacy with knowledge, experience and wisdom to those in need, are never compromised. All members uphold the highest levels of integrity and professionalism in their role of advice, assistance and representation; working diligently for our shared goals.

During the pandemic we have continued to work to our specified standards, through a remote platform. When necessary, we have expressed our need for ‘in person’ hearings, in order to support our clients in the most appropriate way.

Spire Barristers expert Public Law Children Barristers

Our experienced and professional team of barristers have a thorough and detailed understanding of all issues relating to Care and Adoption proceedings. This includes Public Law Children cases involving contact for a child in care, secure accommodation, as well as the care and upbringing of children as a result of the end of a relationship. Such cases may occur specifically through divorce, dissolution, separation or death and where the Local Authority is involved.

Spire’s expert Public Law Children practitioners regularly appear in matters dealing with or aiding in:

  • Care Proceedings
  • Wardship and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Special guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Disputes between parents over children’s health care
  • Resolving conflicts with local authorities over children in care (including judicial review)
  • Enforcement of orders in England and internationally
  • Alleged inflicted injuries or NAI
  • Appeals to all levels of Courts
  • Secure Accommodation/Depravation of Liberty

Members of chambers are also competent in dealing with more serious cases; those concerning unfortunate issues such as death as a result of smothering, drowning, poisoning or burns. We specialise in cases involving significant physical injury including multiple fractures, extensive bruising, internal injuries and non-accidental, inflicted head injuries.

Members are also highly experienced in cases involving issues of sexual abuse, both historical and familial, emotional abuse, neglect cases and complex Factitious Illness cases. These cases often involve pre-existing medical complexities for the child.

Historically, Spire has gained substantial experience handling the most serious and complex cases where difficult medical or psychiatric issues arise.

Our team appreciate that at the centre of these matters, is young people. We realise that our experience assists us greatly in cases where minors, particularly care leavers, are transitioning to adulthood and require the additional care that we can provide. Our Public Law Children specialists are crucially aware of the services and packages available for young people, in need of support from statutory services.

Furthermore, our team prospers from the ability to cross over in specific cases and as such our expert Family Law Barristers are able to assist with: short-notice applications for emergency relief and injunctions, protecting the vulnerable with appropriate orders on the grounds of Public Interest Immunity and in restricting publication of certain facts. They are experts in cases involving alleged breaches of Human Rights, Wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction, and Forced Marriage.

The team as a whole, pride ourselves on the service we provide our Solicitors and clients. We benefit from a skilled and accomplished clerking team, on hand to answer queries or arrange discussions in often difficult and emotive situations.

Moreover, members of our Chambers have actively participated in cases vastly impacting the landscape we practice in; and in addition, our QC’s have a proven record taking the lead in many complicated and sensitive matters.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Family Law clerks


Our barristers have a distinguished history of providing advice and advocacy in Public Law Children matters