Karl Rowley QC

Call: 1994 | Silk: 2013

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Karl read Philosophy and Theology at Oriel College, Oxford, followed by the Diploma in Law at Staffordshire University. He was called to the Bar in 1994 having received the Winston Churchill Pupillage Award from Middle Temple. He was appointed a Recorder in 2009 and took silk in 2013.

Karl’s practice covers public and private children cases, wardship, public authority work, and the Court of Protection.

What the directories say:

  • “A children law specialist who has a wealth of experience advising on private and public cases. His areas of expertise include international adoptions, radicalisation and child death.”
  • “Highly regarded on the children side.” – Chambers & Partners 2019
  • “A talented silk with a keen eye for the details in a case.” – Legal 500 2019
  • “A children law specialist who has a wealth of experience advising on private and public cases. His areas of expertise include international adoptions and child death.”
  • “I wouldn’t hesitate instructing him on children matters.” “For children, he is just out of this planet. He is so impressive.” – Chambers & Partners 2018
  • “He has a rigorous intellect.” – Legal 500 2017
  • “He is thorough and has a calm court manner.” “He finds unusual arguments and angles to cases and uses them very skilfully.” – Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “Very experienced silk in public law child care, with a particular focus on sexual abuse cases and non-accidental injury.”
  • “He is excellent.” – Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “He displays exceptional attention to detail.” – Legal 500 2016
  • “A wonderful silk on complex children matters.” – Legal 500 2015
  • “Karl remains a popular choice for complicated children’s matters, both public and private law. He acts for local authorities, guardians and children, and has a particular focus on cases with complicated medical evidence.”
  • “Calm and unflappable, he identifies even the smallest detail and has extremely intricate technical knowledge.”
  • “A polished advocate with a calming and reassuring demeanour for clients.” – Chambers & Partners (2015)
  • Rowley took silk in 2013, and is well respected for his handling of family law matters. He continues to focus his practice on complex children’s proceedings, both public and private, and has a special interest in medically complicated care cases, foreign adoption and protracted contact cases. Expertise: “He is absolutely brilliant and extremely clever, but despite that he’s very down-to-earth and easy to work with. He’s very accessible for both clients and solicitors.” – Chambers & Partners (2014)
  • “Ridiculously clever, unflappable and a joy to instruct.” – Legal 500 (2014)
  • “An expert in children-related matters. Rowley is a ridiculously intelligent barrister who offers the full package. His advocacy is full of polish and he’s a very bright and confident advocate.” – Chambers & Partners (2013)
  • “Superb childcare practitioner who is able to present unusual perspectives.”
  • “He acts in both publicly and privately funded matters, and cases involving medical evidence are a particular area of interest for him.” – Chambers & Partners (2012)

Professional Memberships:

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • BAAF

Appointments and Qualifications:

  • Recorder (Family & Civil) – 2009
  • Recorder (Crime) – 2012
  • Silk – 2013

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