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Care Proceedings

Areas of Experience

  • Representing local authorities, parents and children (directly or through their children’s Guardian) and others in applications by local authorities to take children into public care
  • Adoption
  • Special guardianship orders
  • Wardship and inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Alleged parental injury to children and complex medical evidence
  • Judicial review of post-adoption and special guardianship support
  • Human rights claims involving local authorities and other public bodies
  • Enforcement orders in England and internationally
  • International transfer of care proceedings and placement of children with their extended families overseas Appeals to the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court

36 Family: An Introduction

36 Family has the depth and breadth of expertise and experience to deal with the full range of family work through its main specialist sub–groups: Family Finance, Children & Modern Families and Care proceedings. From the most complex disputes to smaller and lower value ones, every case is treated with the utmost importance and respect.

We also provide a full and bespoke out of court Dispute Resolution service which utilises the expert skills of our family barristers as mediators, arbitrators and through neutral evaluation (private FDR hearings).

The expertise of several members is recognised by the most prominent directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Public Law - Care Proceedings

Members of 36 Family's Children Team have dealt with many of the most difficult disputes over children’s welfare and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of child law.

The Children Team is recognised and particularly commended for its approach in dealing with cases of a sensitive nature.

Many of our barristers have experience of free–standing adoption proceedings, including international adoption, as well as adoption within the context of care proceedings.

Our members appear at every level of the family courts, including regular appearances in the most complex cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our members have appeared in many of the important reported child law cases of the last 20 years.

Members of the Children Team also train social workers in court skills and often present lectures to the judiciary and local lawyers in ongoing training and skill development. Examples of the work that we have regular experience of doing, include:

  • 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
  • NAI cases

Members of 36 Family (Care) have been in some of the outstanding cases public law care cases decided over the past 5 years at the highest levels, for instance:

Supreme Court / House of Lords

  • Re S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20, [2015] 1 WLR 1631, [2015] FLR 208
  • Re B (A Child) [2013] UKSC 13, [2013] 1 WLR 1911

Court of Appeal Cases

  • Re N (Children) (Adoption : Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112
  • Re T (A Child) (Early Permanence Placement) [2015] EWCA Civ 983
  • Re M’P-P (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 584
  • Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence) (Inherent Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 886
  • Re E (Brussels II Revised: Vienna Convention: Reporting Restrictions) [2014] 2 FLR 151
  • Re TG (A Child) [2013] EWCA (Civ) 5, [2013] 1 FLR 1250
  • Re: X (Emergency Protection Orders) [2006] EWHC 510 Fam, [2006] 2 FLR 701

Our Ethos

We aim to provide the highest levels of service, with the emphasis on quality, approachability and accessibility. We pride ourselves on our friendly and approachable manner. We recognise the pressures that our solicitor clients facedaily and the emotional pressures upon our lay clients. Our objective is to ease the burden on both.

As a team, we hold regular meetings and conduct in–house training to build expertiseand excellence through shared experience. We also provide updating for our regular solicitors through our quarterly newsletter and lectures (in–house by arrangement – please contact us). Our regular newsletters are praised and much sought–after. Click here for the most recent publication. Many members of the team also blog and tweet on issues of family law. You will find links to their social media feeds on their profile pages.

Support Team

The team and those instructing us are supported by our highly regarded clerking team. The team consists of a Family Practice Manager, Danny Chapman, six dedicated family clerks (Ashley London, Adam Cope, Frazer Vye, Ellis Mills, Jack Dresner & Megan Maillardet) and a junior clerk, supported by the fees clerks and our administrative team.


"36 Family have the best clerking team headed by the very personable Danny Chapman with best supporting actors Ashley London and Adam Cope. Together they are the dream team and go above and beyond when it comes to being helpful and accommodating. It’s the little things like always getting back to you when they say they will, sending you the court listing the day before so you know which Judge and court room you are in and being flexible on fees, when required."


"36Family are a leading set for alternative family law, with an unparalleled depth of experience at their finger tips. It is led by a particularly dynamic team which adapts to face the traditional profession and modern world in one package. They put on training/CPD programmes for solicitors on a range of issues and will always have a barrister available for a call or chat if you have an issue. It really is the Chambers that shows the best of the profession."