Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse


We are experts in Private Children matters and the area of Domestic Abuse within relationships.  We have a long-standing reputation for being an outstanding set of chambers in this area and have expertise in:

  • International child abduction,
  • Leave to remove from the jurisdiction,
  • Cases concerning disputes over the child’s education, religious upbringing and medical treatment,
  • LGBTQ+ parenting,
  • Residence and contact disputes, including intractable contact issues, and those involving serious allegations of mistreatment, and false allegations,
  • Injunctions to protect from domestic violence,
  • Injunctions and remedies for the protection of personal property.

Our barristers appear regularly in all levels of courts, from appellate courts to the High Court, County Court and the FPC.  We are regularly instructed by parents, and by CAFCASS.

St Philips Family is renowned for how our barristers and clerks work closely and co-operatively with solicitors and clients to ensure an excellent level of service.  Even in this time of challenges due to restrictions on public funding, our barristers are committed to the excellent representation of parents and children at all levels.

Many of our barristers have appeared in significant cases which have helped to shape the current law relating to private law proceedings.  Our barristers regularly contribute articles to law journals and publications. A number of the team have published major works in the field of family law.

A number of our barristers also sit as part-time members of the judiciary including one Deputy High Court Judge, six Recorders of the County Courts, two Deputy District Judges and a Deputy Assistant Coroner.

Our Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse Barristers:

Please get in touch with our dedicated family clerking team with any questions regarding our service and expertise.

Mark Mansell, Anthony Burgess, Kelly Fullwood, Sarah Doyle and Ellie Hogan-Evans. +44 (0)121 246 1600
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