Louisa Adamson

1994 (Grays Inn)

Date of call

1994 (Grays Inn)


BA (Hons)
Accredited Mediator
Child Inclusive Mediator


Family Law Bar Association
Family Mediators Association


Legal 500 2016-2024
Chambers & Partners 2016-2024

Louisa is a specialist child law barrister who has practised exclusively in family law for over 25 years, representing parents, spouses, grandparents, children and local authorities.  She is particularly experienced with cases where children are considered to be at risk, or where there has been domestic violence in a relationship.

Louisa has been recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners since 2016.

She is known for her ability to work with her clients in a holistic and non- judgmental way. She will consider not only the legal aspects of a case, but also the emotional and practical issues that can shape her client’s decisions.

Although Louisa now focuses only on cases involving children (either in Private Law or Public Law) her additional 20 years’ experience of working on financial provision cases also stands her in good stead within her busy mediation practice.

She is accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake mediations involving both finances and arrangements for children, and is able to conduct Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) sessions and child-inclusive mediations, completing the form required to make an application to Court where appropriate.

She offers online mediation sessions using Zoom, allowing clients to begin or continue mediation from the comfort of their own home. Many of her clients prefer the online approach as it means they don’t have to be in the same room as the other party, making it much easier for them to focus on and resolve the issues at hand.

Louisa provides her clients with clear, objective advice, allowing them to make their decisions in full knowledge and understanding of the proceedings and their implications. At court, she will ensure that her client’s position is put appropriately and persuasively before the Judge.

Louisa is able to accept instructions through the Direct Public Access scheme.

Louisa is regularly instructed to represent parents, grandparents and children in Care and Adoption proceedings, and her work in this area has included cases involving neglect or emotional harm of children as well as cases where there have been allegations of serious non-accidental injury or sexual abuse.

Her non-judgmental and objective approach is particularly valuable in her frequent work with parents who are also facing criminal proceedings as a result of such allegations, as well as for parents who may have substance abuse difficulties or who suffer from mental health or learning difficulties.

Louisa’s experience of acting for parents with learning difficulties enables her to ensure that fair assessments are undertaken, and that those parents are able to engage effectively in the Court hearings.
Within private law proceedings Louisa often represents parents, who, after separation, have been unable to agree which parent their child/ren should live with and how to manage the arrangements for the child to see both parents.

She also advises and represents parents hoping to move abroad with their children, to change their child’s school or surname, or in cases involving other aspects of parental responsibility.

She approaches cases with clarity and objectivity, helping clients to approach and overcome the barriers caused by emotional conflict, and to agree on win-win solutions.

Her cases regularly include those where allegations of domestic violence or physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a child are being made by one parent against the other.

She has also acted for many grandparents who are seeking either Contact or Special Guardianship Orders for their grandchildren.

Louisa fully understands how emotional and stressful cases involving children are likely to be, and her clients appreciate her calm, objective approach, which helps them to fully discuss all their concerns.

“Thanks Louisa. The client has asked me to pass on to you her thanks for your assistance in this matter. She was very complimentary to me about your representation and the way you dealt with matters”…

Ms P from Solicitors Instructing Louisa Adamson

“Dear Louisa, Well done! Excellent result…..”

Mr G from Instructing Solicitors Instructing Solicitors

“Good morning Louisa, I think the position statement is brilliant”….

Mr W from Solicitors Instructing Louisa Adamson

"I have just spoken to the client and she was over the moon, so yes very pleased indeed. It is always good when the child’s voice is listened to and the client feels that this order will give her son what he has been clearly asking for over many years.

The client has told me that you were outstanding yesterday (both from an advocacy perspective but also as a support to her). We both want to say thank you for that."

Mrs P from Solicitors Instructing Louisa Adamson

“Louisa is sharp and on-the-ball and, in a difficult situation and with challenging cases, adopts just the right tone to get the job done.” Legal 500 2021

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Strengths: “Louisa is brilliant. She is calm, helpful and very experienced; great with vulnerable clients.” “She is able to develop a rapport with the client; a great advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2016

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Strengths: “Louisa is a caring advocate who manages clients well.” “She deals with acrimonious children cases with a sensible, practical, no-nonsense.” Chambers and Partners 2021

Children - Private Law (CAP)

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