Nick Brown

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Nick Brown


Nick is originally from the West Country.  Prior to his training to become a Barrister he studied at Cambridge and Harvard.  He also worked as a political lobbyist in Westminster.

Nick completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes University in 2004 and obtained a Distinction and in 2005 he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London where he was graded Outstanding. During the course of his law studies, Nick was also awarded Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

In 2006 he completed a broad-based pupillage at St Philips and as a new tenant practised across a range of fields.  He now practices in the area of Care Proceedings and also has a particular interest in cases involving Forced Marriage and FGM.

Nick has joined with other members of Chambers in providing seminars and lectures to Solicitors and Social Workers throughout the region.  He has also published a number of articles in the area of Children Law (those on the retention of children after contact being short-listed for the inaugural Family Law Awards).

Nick is very committed to what he does.  He aims to provide a highly professional service and in a manner, he hopes, that is both approachable and sympathetic.

Public Law Care and Adoption

Nick is regularly instructed by Local Authorities across the West Midlands.  He also frequently represents parents, children and intervenors.  In particular, Nick has experience of cases involving:

  • Inflicted injuries;
  • Poisoning;
  • Sexual abuse (including inter-sibling);
  • Murder of one parent by another;
  • Radicalization.

Nick also has experience of representing the Police (and other parties) on applications relating to Public Interest Immunity and of cases involving Forced Marrige and FGM.

Published Journals

Striking Out the Strike Out: Private Law Fact-Finding Hearings and Weak Allegations[2009] Fam Law 687

Safeguarding Children Living with Trauma and Family Violence, Evidence-Based Assessment, Analysis and Planning Interventions[2010] Fam Law 213 (Book Review)

Different Approach to Children’s Allegations[2011] Fam Law 430

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 1: Core Principles[2011] Fam Law 497

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 2: Ex Parte and On Notice Hearings[2011] Fam Law 623

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 3: The Role of Cafcass and Other Considerations[2011] Fam Law 708

FGM and the Redundancy of the Term “Male Circumcision”[2017] Fam Law 88


BA (First Class)
GDL (Distinction)
BVC (Outstanding)

Appointments and Memberships

The Midland Circuit
Family Law Bar Association
West Midlands Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering


“Nick represents a range of parties in care cases.” Legal 500 2020