1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Sharon specialises exclusively in cases involving children, both in private law and public law proceedings, which results in her being instructed in the most complex of cases within each area. She is consistently ranked in the legal directories as a leading junior barrister who is outstanding in her field. Sharon is instructed as a junior to, and appears frequently against, Leading Counsel in a number of cases each year, and her workload sees her regularly appearing in the High Court, as well as appearances in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

  • Children (public law)

    Within the public law arena, Sharon is consistently instructed in cases, often in the High Court, where she acts for the local authority, parents, guardian or intervenors. Sharon has undertaken a range of cases involving vulnerable clients, allegations of abuse/neglect, non-accidental injury cases with complex medical issues; and, exceptional cases involving honour violence and wardship.

    Sharon has acted pro bono in a number of recent cases in the Court of Appeal where wider issues of policy in public law proceedings have arisen.

  • Children (private law)

    Sharon has extensive experience of child arrangement disputes within the private law field, and is regularly instructed in intractable child arrangement cases, leave to remove applications as well as having significant experience being instructed on behalf of the child in rule 16 cases.

    Sharon is regularly instructed in surrogacy cases, often involving international considerations, and has recently been involved in a number of cases arising from errors made by fertility clinics including the leading case of Re A and ors [2017] 1 FLR 366.

    She frequently represents high profile clients, often from the sports and entertainment industries with widespread media attention and multijurisdictional elements, which requires consideration of reporting restrictions.

  • International family law

    Sharon regularly acts in cases involving cross-jurisdictional legal issues, whether in private or public law proceedings. She has extensive expertise in relocation cases.

  • Domestic violence & injunctions

    Sharon has considerable experience of seeking injunctions either as freestanding applications, or arising during proceedings. She represents clients who are seeking or responding to applications for injunctions linked to domestic violence, forced marriage or occupation of the family home, often where the factual background is complex.  

  • Modern families & surrogacy

    Sharon’s experience in this area means she is regularly instructed in cases involving surrogacy and assisted reproduction disputes in which issues of legal parentage and child arrangements arise.

  • What the directories say

    2017/2018: A highly regarded practitioner: "She is clever, clients like her and she's very, very thorough. You will never find a point she has missed, and her cross-examination is good without ever being aggressive."  Chambers UK

    2017/2018: ‘One of the most thorough barristers.’  Legal 500

    2016/2017: A highly regarded practitioner. "She's fabulous and the most organised scheduler on the planet. Fantastically hard-working, she is a very effective senior junior who has a great way with clients." (Chambers & Partners)

    2016/2017: "An outstanding junior; her passion and commitment sets her apart."  Legal 500

    2015/2016: "Unbelievably dedicated and thorough, she sees points that others don't. Magnificent to have as part of your team, she produces schedules that are legendary."  Chambers UK

    2015/2016: "She is able to cut to the central issues immediately in any case"   Legal 500

    2014/2015: " Her passion, technical knowledge and preparation of cases inspire confidence in both solicitors and clients"  Chambers UK

    2014/2015: “an outstanding junior barrister, with passion and commitment”   Legal 500

    2013/2014: "Very impressive both in terms of her preparation and advocacy"  Chambers UK

    2013/2014: "recommended as a leading junior barrister"  Legal 500

    2012/2013: "exceptional for a junior barrister"  Chambers UK

    2012/2013: "an outstanding junior barrister"  Legal 500

  • Cases

    A Local Authority v A, B, C, D and E (Permission to Withdraw: Costs) [2018] EWHC 1841 (Fam)

    Williams and another (Appellants) v London Borough of Hackney (Respondent) [2018] UKSC 37 

    Re P-S [2018] EWCA Civ 1407

    In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Cases P, Q, R, S, T and U) (No 2) [2017] EWHC 2532 (Fam)

    Re R (Closed Material Procedure: Special Advocates: Funding) [2017] EWHC 1793 (Fam)

    Re J (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 398

    In the Matter of X (A Child) (No 3) [2016] EWHC 2755 (Fam)

    In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case L) [2016] EWHC 2266 (Fam)

    In the Matter of X ( A Child)(No 2) [2016] EWHC 1668 (Fam)

    In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case G) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam)

    In the matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

    (Cases A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam)

    Surrey County Council v Al-Hilli & Others (4) [2012] EWHC 4394 (Fam)

    Al-Hilli (Children), Re [2013] EWHC 3404

    Al-Hilli (Children), Re [2013] EWHC 2190

    In the matter of A (A Child) [2013] 1 FLR 948

    Redbridge LBC v B and C and A (through his Children's Guardian) [2011] 2 FLR 117

    AB v JLB [2009] 1 FLR 517

    Hertfordshire County Council v M. and Ors [2007] EWHC 2660 (Fam)

    A local authority v S.W.T (by his Guardian) [2004] 2 FLR 129 FD