Private Law Children
Our specialist Private Law team offers a wide range of expertise and experience relating to children including child arrangements, contact and residence disputes, prohibited steps and specific issue orders, international and national relocation, child abduction, surrogacy, same-sex parenting issues and adoption.

Our Private Law Team members also regularly represent clients in Family Law Act applications including Non-Molestation Orders, Occupation Orders, Forced Marriage Protection Orders and FGM Protection Orders.

Private Law Silks

Our specialist family law silks, Elizabeth Isaacs KC and Timothy Bowe KC, both have a wealth of experience in all aspects of private law proceedings relating to children and are committed to providing an efficient approach within the dynamic and challenging field of private law practice. They both have a formidable reputation for excellence and are highly regarded for their persuasive oral and written advocacy skills at all levels of court.

They both prioritise a collaborative approach with solicitors and clients, providing clear leadership within the team to deliver the best outcomes in the case. They regularly act for parents, interveners, children and the Official Solicitor. Particular areas of expertise and interest include –

·        Children’s living and contact arrangements

·        Disputes about habitual residence

·        Domestic and international relocation

·        Disputes about education, religion and medical issues

·        Surrogacy and parental order applications

·        Special guardianship

·        LGBTQ and Modern Families parenting issues

·        Media/privacy law in family proceedings

·        Intractable welfare disputes



Legal 500 2024: “Birmingham’s St Ives Chambers is a ‘fantastic set for family law’ with ‘unrivalled strength in depth’ and offers advice across both public and private law children work.”

“St Ives Chambers has the strongest offering of barristers in Birmingham.”

“St Ives Chambers are go-to barristers. They always provide a quality and timely service.”

“St Ives Chambers are excellent, particularly for children matters (both public and private).”

Chambers and Partners 2024: “St Ives Chambers is a well-established and highly regarded family set. Its expansive bench offers expertise across the full range of matrimonial finance and children cases. A source reports: “I can always rely on expert advice from St Ives. They are up to date on all changes in the law and provide sound advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2019:  St Ives is “an excellent chambers, with a deserved reputation for excellence in family law”

Legal 500: “St Ives Chambers’ family practice has ‘great strength and depth’, with members active across the spectrum of family law matters……”

Legal 500:  “The St Ives Chambers family group is ‘one of the best in the region’, with ‘high-calibre advocates’ handling family finance and children law. Members have expertise in difficult cases of abuse, serious injuries, child deaths, and fabricated/induced illnesses, while fertility law is a growing area of practice…..”

Legal 500: “With ‘an excellent mix of barristers at all levels’, St Ives Chambers has a national reputation for family law; it is ‘more than a match for the Magic Circle chambers in London’.”