Wellbeing at the Bar

Children: Public

"Exchange Chambers offers a high quality of service. The counsel here are more accessible and responsive than most during the course of ongoing matters."

Chambers and Partners 2021

Our team of specialist children law barristers have an established reputation for excellence in both Private and Public law proceedings.

Our public children law barristers provide advice and advocacy across the full spectrum of public law work. The team has a national reputation for excellence and members are regularly instructed both at first instance and appellate level in the most complex cases.

Members have a depth of experience representing parents, children, guardians, intervenors, Local Authorities, and the Official Solicitor in public law proceedings involving:

  • Abuse – physical, emotional and sexual
  • Non-Accidental Injuries
  • Fabricated or Induced Illness
  • Addiction (parent and child addiction including addiction at birth)
  • Disputed Expert Evidence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Jurisdictional Issues
  • Neglect
  • Deprivation of Liberty (Children)
  • Representing parents with mental health issues
  • Representing parents with additional needs including issues of capacity
  • Representing children via their Guardian
  • Representing children in their own right
  • Forced Marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation

Lay clients are represented with vigour, realism and compassion. Professional clients are valued, and the team recognises the importance of a prompt response, continuity of counsel and good communication with solicitors at all times. We believe the practice of family law demands sound judgment, detailed knowledge of law and procedure, and the ability to analyse and distil complex and often sensitive issues.

Our specialist family clerks are on hand to recommend appropriate counsel for any given case.


What the Directories Say

“Exchange Chambers offers a ‘high-quality service’ to its clients on the Northern circuit and members are highly experienced in all manners of family law and provide specialist advice representing parties in difficult and complex Children Act proceedings.”
Leading Set – Family and Children Law (Northern Circuit), The Legal 500 2021

The Team