Care & Adoption

Our public law children group is headed by Anthony Hand. We offer high quality advocates at all levels and are frequently instructed in a wide variety of proceedings.

The College Chambers public law children group has a wealth of experience, from our former Head of Chambers, a specialist practitioner for 40 years, through to our junior tenants. All have been frequently instructed in a wide variety of proceedings.

Our members regularly represent parents, children, relatives, local authorities, step- or foster-parents, prospective adopters, CAFCASS and the Official Solicitor. 

Chambers makes every effort to ensure continuity of Counsel throughout these stressful and emotional proceedings. We work closely with solicitors and lay clients to ensure the best possible outcome.

We work within the legal aid graduated fee scheme at all levels of seniority.

All members of the team are fully conversant with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights and the implications of this legislation in the public law arena.

Our members have advised on civil claims for damages following wrongful removal of a child by local authorities under section 20 of the Children Act 1989.

Our adoption experience includes cases with an international element.

The group has extensive experience of proceedings involving the following:

  • Care Orders (Interim and Final)
  • Supervision Orders (Interim and Final)
  • Contact applications involving children in care
  • Emergency applications and injunctions
  • Judicial Review
  • Public Interest Immunity and disclosure
  • Secure accommodation
  • Wardship
  • Complex medical issues
  • Cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental, shaken baby cases or chronic abuse
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Claims for the misuse of Children Act 1989 section 20.

"Family law is a cornerstone of College Chambers’ practice with over half the set practising in the area. Members are well versed in finance cases as well as proceedings involving neglect and sexual abuse. Anthony Hand was in the Court of Appeal in 2015 representing a local authority in a case that is now the leading authority on the law of making an interim care order." - Legal 500 (2016)


"the family team is strong on all aspects of children law and family finance, including care proceedings, private law cases and international disputes." - Legal 500