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Summary of practice

Gemma practises family law, primarily public law care and adoption proceedings for local authorities, parents, children and Guardians. She has experience of the most difficult cases that involve complex medical evidence and serious injuries.

Gemma has extensive experience of all areas of private law family work. She has acted for Local Authorities in the Court of Protection.

In addition she advises and acts in judicial review applications in matters concerning Local authority responsibilities, Leaving Care provisions and in cases involving adults under a disability.

Gemma regularly gives seminars that have included topics ranging from the human rights implications of disclosure of information about children, public law assessments, special guardianship, publicity in care cases, assessing parents with a learning disability, challenging decisions about foster placements and the division of responsibility between courts and local authorities.


  • Renowned for her handling of serious public law cases relating to severe injury, abuse and adoption. She exhibits strength representing local authorities in matters with complex medical evidence. She has experience in cases that overlap with Human Rights Act claims.
    Strengths: “She is incredibly thorough with her preparation and a really calm and unflappable presence in court. People who use her and see her have an enormous amount of confidence in her, her advice and her ability to manage situations that can develop quickly.” Chambers and Partners 2018
  • “Recommended Counsel in Chambers and Partners UK Guide Children section – representing Local Authorities, Guardians & Parents!”

Professional memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Member of Inner Temple

News and articles

Selected cases


  • Queen Mary College London. LLB 1986