Malcolm Macdonald is a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister in England and Wales, and Australia. He qualified in Australia in 2004, cross-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2005 and was called to the Bar in 2010.

Malcolm has extensive advocacy experience in complex family law litigation.

Key cases & testimonials

Re N (Children)( Adoption : Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112 : [2015] Fam. Law 1444
Appeal on behalf of a Hungarian mother to transfer the case under Article 15 of Brussels IIR to Hungary and to consider what jurisdiction the court of England and Wales has to order the adoption of foreign national children

Re M [2015] EWCA Civ 994
Appeal on behalf of a father against the summary dismissal of his application to discharge a care order.

Re M’P-P (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 584 [2015] 2 F.C.R. 451; [2015] Fam. Law 1040
Appeal on behalf of a prospective adopter to prevent children being placed with a family member in Belgium.

Prospective Adopters v IA [2014] 2 F.L.R. 1158A
Application for a stay of proceedings on behalf of a Nigerian father and grandmother pending further hearing of their case in the European Court of Human Rights.

R v A Local Authority and Others [2011] EWCA Civ 1451 [2012] 1 FLR 1302
Appeal on behalf of a father for a second expert opinion.

Further information

Appointments & Memberships:

South Eastern Circuit

Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

Administrative Law Bar Association

UK Constitutional Law Group

Human Rights Lawyers Association