Public Law Children

Public Law Children

Our specialist Family Law barristers are recommended in the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners bar guides for providing expert legal advice and court representation in complex public law matters.


Members are known for being very sympathetic and knowledgeable.


Members are regularly instructed in complex and lengthy cases including those involving issues such as non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and Fabricated and Induced Illness.


Members have significant experience in urgent cases requiring injunctions and in Wardship and cases involving the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court.


We represent parents, interveners, grandparents and guardians.


Within the team there are barristers with a broad range of seniority and of special interests within the field of public law matters. Our clerks are always happy to discuss the particular features of an individual case so as to identify the counsel who best meets the client’s needs.

Our areas of specialism include:

  • Allegations of induced or fabricated illness
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Emergency relief and injunctions
  • Non-accidental head injuries
  • Multiple fractures
  • Other serious non-accidental injury
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child trafficking
  • Representation of parents with learning difficulties or mental health issues
  • Issues in relation to assessment of parents and others, including opposed applications for residential assessment

This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.

~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

Stour Chambers has 'a range of barristers at different levels suited for different cases'. Members continue to be instructed in complex multi-day cases in the public law space, where it provides 'expert counsel' across Kent and further afield involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and extreme neglect. On the family finance front, Elizabeth Spence is a go-to barrister for high-value cases with issues of minority shareholdings and opponents deploying hostile litigation tactics.

~ Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021

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