1KBW has an unrivalled reputation for providing high quality representation, advocacy, and advice in all aspects of the law relating to children. We are consistently ranked as a ‘leading set’ by the legal directories with highly sought-after, experienced silks and juniors.

We are experienced in advising and acting in all areas of children law, including private law disputes, public law (care and adoption proceedings), and child abduction.

Our children law barristers are also experienced in dealing with cases involving issues of human rights breaches, privacy, public interest immunity and media restrictions in respect of all the areas of child law work we undertake.

Clients highlight the set’s ‘breadth of experience’ and the ‘extremely high standard’ of its work.



‘Members here are frequently instructed in cases involving complex jurisdictional issues in the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Channel Islands. The set receives instructions from individuals, local authorities and guardians. Clients highlight the set’s ‘breadth of experience’ and the ‘extremely high standard’ of its work.’ – Chambers and Partners 2018

Many members of the Children Law group are listed as Leading Silks and Juniors in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, and several members also sit as Deputy High Court Judges, Recorders and Deputy District Judges. Members of 1KBW edit and contribute to leading textbooks such as Hershman and McFarlane, Children Law and Practice, and McFarlane and Reardon, Child Care and Adoption Law: A Practical Guide. Our expertise encompasses:

Private Children Law

  • Child Arrangements and contact applications
  • Parental alienation
  • Religious, educational, medical and name change issues
  • Injunctive relief
  • LGBT parenting
  • Special Guardianship
  • Adoption and surrogacy
  • Wardship

Public Children Law

  • Complex non-accidental injury cases
  • Medical – declarations on the treatment of adults & children, life support cases, sterilisation, non-therapeutic surgery, transgender issues
  • Sexual abuse cases
  • Physical abuse or neglect
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Child radicalisation
  • Child trafficking
  • Forced marriage

International Private Children Law

  • Jurisdiction, abduction and relocation
  • Adoption and surrogacy

Child Abduction Law

  • The Hague Convention 1980
  • The Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Emergency Injunctions and Port Alerts
  • Enforcement of orders under BIIR
  • Enforcement pursuant to the 1996 Hague Convention
  • Wardship cases
  • Internal abductions
  • Forum disputes
  • Rights of access

Financial Law

  • Claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
  • The Child Support Act 1991

If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of 1KBW’s children law barristers then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our clerking team who will be more than happy to assist with your enquiry.

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1 King’s Bench Walk will re-open on Wednesday 2 December 2020


1KBW is pleased to announce that we will again begin the process of reopening chambers from 2nd  December 2020. A series of measures are in place to ensure the safety of all staff, members and visitors.


We have been successfully working remotely during the second lockdown period and a number of staff and members will continue to do so to ensure social distancing measures are kept in place, as per government guidance.


We continue to request that all client meetings be conducted virtually, where possible. We are fully equipped to carry on with client conferences via telephone or video link, on any preferred platform. Should you require to come in to chambers for a meeting, please contact a member of the clerking team to make arrangements.