Children Public Law


The Public Law team represent parents, extended family members, intervenors, children (both via their Guardians and separately) in all areas of Public Law children work.

Our specialist advocates deal with complex cases involving non-accidental injuries, female genital mutilation, sexual abuse, radicalisation, fabricated or induced illness, serious neglect and issues of drug and alcohol abuse.

The team can also advise and act on special guardianship order applications, adoption applications and applications to discharge Care Orders.

Our barristers are experienced in representing the most vulnerable clients and children and working with intermediaries to ensure clients can participate effectively in the court process.

Members of the team appear regularly in the Family Court and High Court and are often involved from the start of proceedings up to final hearings and fact-finding hearings. The team is also used to dealing with urgent applications and short-notice hearings, including emergency protection order applications, deprivation of liberty applications and other applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction.

Children Public Law Barristers

King's Counsel

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Edward Lamb KC

Call 2006 | Silk 2024

Juniors (15 years +)

Tara Vindis

Call 1996

Tabitha Barran

Call 1998

Marc Tregidgo

Call 2002

Oliver Millington

Call 2003

Alastair Hogarth

Call 2005

Kate Lamont

Call 2007

Laura Bumpus

Call 2008


Sarah Hunwick

Call 2011

William Dean

Call 2011

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call 2013

Max Melsa

Call 2015

Thomas Jones

Call 2015

Kyah Mufti

Call 2016

Irene Sriharan

Call 2016

Jake Richards

Call 2017

Theodore Bunce

Call 2017

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Francesca Kolar

Call 2018

Amelia Katz

Call 2018

Madeleine Miller

Call 2019

Louise Thomson

Call 2019

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022


Senior Clerks

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Assistant Practice Managers

Louis Candy

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Abigail Clark

Junior Clerk

Latest News & Events

Max Melsa appears in Court of Appeal in Re D (Children: Interim Care Order: Hair Strand Testing) [2024] EWCA Civ 498

Max Melsa represented the children, through their Children’s Guardian, in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal specifically dealing with the interpretation of Hair-Strand Tests in care proceedings. The appeal was made by the mother against the interim separation of three children from…

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