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Family - Children

Jeremy Weston QC

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Head of Chambers

(Year of Call 1991, Silk 2011)

Joined Chambers: 1996

Qualifications:

LLB (Hons)

Background:

Jeremy is Queen’s Counsel specialising in all aspects of family law. He represents local authorities, parents and children (via Children's Guardians) at first instance and appellate level. He is well attuned to the needs of the client and is highly regarded for his approachable and personable manner, including his capacity to explain complex issues clearly.

He is a charming and highly persuasive advocate capable of quickly distilling the relevant issues and is always meticulously prepared. He has enormous experience in cases involving complex medical issues and the cross examination of experts.

Care proceedings and adoption proceedings
Jeremy has expertise in the most complex of care cases, including:

  • The death or serious injury of children (with a particular interest in head injuries)
  • Sexual abuse (including acting for children both as victims and alleged perpetrators)
  • Poisoning cases
  • Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)
  • Judicial Review
  • Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

 Private Law Proceedings
Jeremy has extensive experience in protracted and complicated private law proceedings including:

  • Residence (including internal relocation)
  • Contact (including parental alienation and intractable contact disputes)
  • Allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • Disputes over education, religion, medical procedures and changes of name
  • Child Abduction
  • International relocation
  • Human Rights
  • Surrogacy and Parental Order applications
  • Parenting disputes arising from same-sex relationships

Recommendations:

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Chambers & Partners 2017: "Specialist children's counsel, highly regarded and tactically astute." "Jeremy is approachable, easy to work with, affable with the client and gives good advice."

Legal 500 2016: "An expert on highly complex public children law matters."

Chambers & Partners 2016: "He is a very persuasive advocate who doesn't waste words. He gets to the point and judges like him because his style is straightforward and down to earth." "A specialist children’s counsel who is highly regarded and tactically astute."

Chambers & Partners 2015: "He is a skilled and intelligent advocate."

Legal 500 2014: ‘Strikes the right balance between robust and fair.’

Chambers & Partners 2014: "His cross-examination and the way he handles cases is astounding. He always ensures that the client is involved in decision-making and that they understand what is actually going on. Jeremy is also very willing to go the extra mile."

Legal 500 2013: The ‘excellent’ Jeremy Weston QC is ‘smooth’ and ‘unflappable’.

Chambers & Partners 2013: A family law specialist with "a fantastic eye for the detail of a case". His practice is principally focused on difficult care cases concerning the death or sexual abuse of children.

Legal 500 2012: Jeremy Weston QC has ‘a gift for reducing the temperature in acrimonious or sensitive cases’.

Chambers & Partners 2012: Joining Keehan in silk this year is Jeremy Weston QC, whom observers describe as an 'efficient, thorough and intelligent barrister with a good manner with clients.'

Legal 500 2011: has a child-focused practice, as does Jeremy Weston QC, who is 'intellectually astute and creative in the application of cutting-edge developments and 'provides comprehensive and elegantly crafted documents.

Chambers & Partners 2010: A personable and appealing all-round advocate who is building up a reputation in the childcare arena.

Legal 500 2010: Jeremy Weston is 'highly respected for children law matters'.

Chambers & Partners 2009: Jeremy Weston puts clients at ease with his charming and genial demeanour. He is praised for his effective advocacy, and really knows what he is doing when it comes to both public and private children work.

Notable Cases:

Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors [2017] EWFC 62 (18 August 2017)

Re B [2014] EWCA Civ 565

Re A (Children) [2013] EWCA 1611

Re L-R [2013] EWCA Civ 1129

R (on the application of Johns) v Derby City Council [2011] EWHC 375

Birmingham City Council v AG, IA & JA [2009] EWHC 3720 Fam

Staffordshire County Council v A, B, C, D, E & F [2009] EWHC 1982 Fam

Re R sub nom Birmingham City Council v LR, PNG, AK, AW & MRR [2006] EWCA Civ 1748

Further Information:

Regularly lectures on all aspects of child law. Invited speaker for Jordans, Butterworths and CLT.

Court Work Skills training to 14 local authorities in 2011 as part of the West Midlands Social Work Retention Project (funded by the Government Office).

Head of Chambers

Head of Family Groups Team

Memberships:

Chair of West Midlands FLBA

Association of the Lawyers for Children

BAAF

Appointments:

 Member of the Parole Board

Publications:

Challenging and Defending Local Authority Child Care Decisions (April 2013) Jordans Publishing (Co-Author)

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