Children – Public Law

Our Family Law Barristers have extensive experience of acting on behalf of parents, children, relatives, guardians and local authorities in care, placement and adoption proceedings including where the most serious allegations are involved.


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Becket Chambers’ Family Law Barristers have extensive experience of acting on behalf of parents, children, relatives, guardians and local authorities in care, placement and adoption proceedings.

Our team provides representation and advice in all areas of public law, and we welcome instructions from all parties to care proceedings. Our Family Law barristers have acted for family members as well as local authorities, so they fully understand the issues and priorities from both perspectives.

Each of our Family Law barristers understands the sensitive nature and emotional impact of these proceedings, and deals sympathetically with those involved, always keeping the best interests of the child at the centre.

We have specialists in areas including the most severe cases of physical and sexual abuse, and in dealing with complex medical issues including rare genetic disorders, brain injury and mental health and addiction.


Members of Chambers frequently appear in cases involving complex facts or legal arguments at all levels of court. We are often instructed in lengthy fact-finding hearings or final hearings, and our expertise includes local authority duties, wardship and use of the inherent jurisdiction.

Our Public Law Children expertise includes:

  • Domestic violence
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Fabricated and/or induced illness
  • Neglect
  • Parents and/or children with disabilities
  • Parents with significant learning difficulties
  • Serious non-accidental injury
  • Sexual abuse and child prostitution

Our specialist Family Law Barristers are also experienced in working with clients who require an interpreter or need particular support to help them through the legal process, and several are particularly well regarded for their ability to represent those whose circumstances have rendered them vulnerable or fearful of engagement with the legal system.


Children Public Law Barristers

Our Family Law barristers are experts in all aspects of care, placement and adoption proceedings concerning children. We act for parents, other family members and guardians, and local authorities.

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Ronald Edginton

1984 (Grays Inn)

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Sita Cox

1987 (Middle Temple)

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Christopher Wall

1987 (Lincolns Inn)

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Corey Mills

1987 (Middle Temple)

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Clive Styles

1990 (Grays Inn)

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Marie Crawford

1992 (Lincolns Inn)

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Louisa Adamson

1994 (Grays Inn)

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Gayle Ashley

1997 (Middle Temple)

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Melanie Andrews

2005 (Middle Temple)

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Daniel Hooker

2008 (Middle Temple)

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Adrian Pidduck

July 2012 (Middle Temple) (previously solicitor admitted 1996)

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Michael Batt

2012 (Middle Temple)

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Allen Worwood

October 2019 (Inner Temple)

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Magdalena Cass

July 2019 (Middle Temple)

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Fiona Brown

2022 (Inner Temple)

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Jonathan Brooks - Pupil

2018 (Gray’s Inn)

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Neive Augustin - Pupil

2021 (Gray’s Inn)


"That’s amazing, thank you for doing a great job. Client is over the moon."

Miss M from solicitors instructing Corey Mills

"Just a note to say she’s been fab on my case, I’ve been in contact more than I usually would as the client very vulnerable, and Cara looked after her brilliantly and with care."

Miss H from solicitors instructing Cara Radford

"Very happy today thank you.....Barrister was great, listened to me and put forward what he needed to."

Client instructing Chris Wall through Solicitors - July 23

"Thank you again for your support within the hearing today, I am very grateful for your professionalism and it has been refreshing to be heard and for someone to be able to fight for me, instead of having to fight for the children myself- with no legal background, expertise, or knowledge at all!"

Client instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors in Children Proceedings

"Just like to say thank you to you and Nathanael for all your hard work so far with my court case hearing."

Client instructing Nathanael Harding through solicitors

"Sita is outstanding. I can always rely on her to go above and beyond on every case I instruct her on."

Miss G from solicitors instructing Sita Cox