Areas of Expertise

Adem Muzaffer is a specialist private law childcare practitioner instructed in complex and intractable disputes. His experience includes:

  • Cases featuring serious non-accidental injuries
  • Parental alienation and emotionally conflicted children
  • Disputes as to habitual residence
  • Child abduction: Brussels IIR, Hague Convention, and non-Convention cases
  • Wardship proceedings
  • Internal relocations
  • Leave to remove from the jurisdiction (including temporary removals to non-Hague Convention countries)

Surrogacy, Fertility Law, and Non-Traditional Family Structures 

Adem has a keen interest in the development of law and policy relating to surrogacy and assisted reproduction. He has advised and represented applicants for parental orders following both domestic and international surrogacy arrangements, and recently appeared as junior counsel in the single applicant test case Re Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191.

Adem has been instructed on behalf of both applicants and fertility clinics in applications for declarations of parentage following administrative failings by clinics. Adem appeared as junior counsel in Re HFEA (Cases AD, AE, AF, AG and AH: No. 2) [2017] EWHC 1782 (Fam), in which the President gave practice guidance in straightforward applications for declarations of parentage.

Adem has acted on behalf of parents following the breakdown of same-sex parenting arrangements, and is well-versed in the specific legal and factual challenges that such cases present.

Adem is Direct Access qualified, and therefore happy and able to accept instructions from prospective clients directly.


Legal 500 2017:  “An advocate who is expressive and passionate in court.”

Notable cases

In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (Cases AD, AE, AF, AG and AH: No 2) [2017] EWHC 1782 (Fam)

In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (Cases AD, AE, AF, AG and AH: No 2) [2017] EWHC 1026 (Fam)

Re Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191: Declaration of Incompatibility in respect of sections 54(1) and (2) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

Re Z (A Child: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: Parental Order) [2015] EWFC 73

Adem’s practice encompasses all aspects of matrimonial finance and cohabitation disputes. He is praised for his eye for detail and keen analytical skills. He is proud to be known as a determined negotiator and advocate, but is equally pleased to be regarded as personable and down to earth.

Adem is committed to ensuring the right outcome for the individual client. He acknowledges the importance of pragmatic and cost effective compromise, but also recognises when only a fully contested final hearing will secure his client’s interests.


Legal 500 2017:  “An advocate who is expressive and passionate in court.”

Drawing on extensive experience as a regulatory crime barrister, Adem has developed a practice in the area of disciplinary proceedings in sport. His experience includes advising a professional footballer and his club in relation to appeal proceedings following the imposition of a 10 match ban for biting an opponent.

Adem also has a particular interest in team selection issues involving individuals and sports governing bodies. He is able to provide advice and representation to clubs, organisations, sportsmen and sportswomen at all levels of professionalism.

Adem has been appointed to the Sports Resolutions UK list of advocates. The list is made available to athletes or other individuals with limited means who require advice or representation before a Sports Resolutions or national governing body tribunal. Click here for more information about Sports Resolutions UK.

Adem is a member of the British Association for Sport and Law. To demonstrate his commitment to providing the highest quality of advice and representation to both his professional and lay clients, he has enrolled on the BASL-partnered LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University.

Adem is a Registered Lawyer under The Football Association Football Agents Regulations.


Bar Vocational Course, 2007, Cardiff University

Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, 2006, University of Birmingham

BA (Hons) History, 2005, Cardiff University


Family Law Bar Association


British Association for Sports and Law


Deputy District Judge (Civil) 2015 Family (2016)


Re Z (A Child) (No. 2) and surrogacy law reform.  International Family Law Journal 2017, Issue 3.  Co-authored with Natalie Gamble of Natalie Gamble Associates.


Further Information


Adem is a regular speaker at chambers’ seminars, lectures and conferences.
Adem is available to provide bespoke training. Please contact a clerk for further information.

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