Adem Muzaffer

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Private Law Children

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

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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.



Chambers & Partners 2019: “He has a keen eye for detail and quickly understands the figures and the case background. I am particularly impressed by his niche practice in surrogacy.”

Legal 500 2018: “A tenacious advocate with excellent client skills.”  Ranked: tier 1

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

Legal 500 2017: “St Ives Chambers has a strong reputation in family law, including financial remedy, children and care work. The set is well known for its expertise surrogacy matters, and in this space, Elizabeth Isaacs QC led Adem Muzaffer in a landmark case where a single father was granted a parental order to bring up his child who was conceived via surrogacy.”


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.

Relevant Articles

  • Single parent surrogacy reform approved by the House of Lords

    In 2016, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Adem Muzaffer were instructed by NGA Law in the ground breaking case of Re Z (A Child: No...

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  • Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Adem Muzaffer attend APPG Surrogacy evidence session at the Houses of Parliament

    On 13th November 2018, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Adem Muzaffer were invited to attend an evidence session of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Surrogacy at...

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