Cherry Harding is a specialist in all aspects of the law relating to children and children’s rights. She has long experience in all aspects of the field; adoption, including inter-country adoption, care proceedings, where she acts for parents, local authorities and the children, child abduction, removal from jurisdiction and private law applications.

Her cases frequently include issues of the most serious issues of significant harm to children, where the family history includes addiction, mental ill-health personality disorders.

She often appears in the High Court and the range of hearings she has been instructed in include, judicial reviews, inquests and in the Court of Protection. She has appeared in many very serious and high profile matters relating to children.

In her public law work Cherry is highly experienced in all aspects of care and adoption proceedings, including complex and serious cases.  She acts for parents, children and local authorities, as well as public bodies, victims and perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse and CAFCASS.


Cherry is very experienced in deal with international disputes including child abduction, applications under the Hague Convention and Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, applications for permission to relocate and decisions about a child’s habitual residence.

Cherry is highly experienced in all aspects of private law children work including:

  • domestic and international relocation
  • intractable and alienation contact issues
  • adoption, domestic and international
  • disputes as to living & care arrangements
  • disputes relating to medical intervention,
  • disputes relating to religious upbringing (including so-called extreme religions or cults)
  • disputes relating to education
  • name or identity issues.

Reputation & Awards

An effective advocate who expresses things beautifully. Adoptions and removal from jurisdiction are her forte.

Ranked in Chambers UK 2010

‘Cherry Harding strikes solicitors as an ‘astute, fair and courteous’ advocate adept at both private and public children work’ – Chambers UK

‘a highly experienced junior practitioner who focuses on children law. Recent cases for her include allegations of abuse and mental health issues’ – Chambers UK


1977 LLB King’s College, London
1978 Bar Finals

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Child Abduction Law Association


Cherry is a regular speaker at chambers’ conferences on her area of practice.

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