Alev is a Child Law specialist whose busy practice encompasses the spectrum of private and public law proceedings in which she acts for all parties and appears at all levels of court. She has particular expertise in cases involving the international movement of children and the separate representation of children and has appeared in landmark Court of Appeal decisions in both these areas. Alev also specialises in Court of Protection and High Court proceedings concerning the mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, personal welfare and property of vulnerable and incapacitated adults.
Children (Private Law)
Alev is regularly instructed on behalf of parents and children (whether separately or through their Rule 16.4 Guardian) in cases where there are significant and often entrenched disputes about where children should live and how much time they should spend with a non-resident parent. She has particular experience and expertise in cases where serious allegations of abuse (physical, sexual or emotional) and parental alienation/hostility are made. Alev also acts in cases with an international dimension.
Notable Private Law Children cases in which Alev has acted include:
Children (Public Law)
In the Public Law field, Alev regularly acts for parties in care proceedings, adoption and Wardship. She has particular expertise in cases involving catastrophic non-accidental injury where there is complex and conflicting medical opinion, factitious illness and sexual abuse. Alev brings skills from her Court of protection practice to her Public Law work enabling her to sensitively represent parents who have mental health issues. Alev regularly advises on the placement of children abroad and local authority obligations, particularly to care leavers.
Alev is particularly successful in the sensitive representation of children, either separately or through their court appointed Guardian and appeared on behalf of the child in the landmark Court of Appeal case of W (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1051, which provided much needed guidance on the circumstances in which the separate representation of a child is appropriate and the statutory provisions which enable separate representation to be put in place.
Alev is also instructed in cases in the High Court concerning serious medical treatment or withdrawal of life sustaining treatment.
Notable Public Law Children cases in which Alev has acted include:
PR v JS & Another (Appeal: Sexual Abuse, Fact-Finding)  EWHC 791 (Fam) - a significant decision in the body of case law concerning the approach to be taken in fact-finding hearings where sexual abuse is alleged, highlighting the extreme complexity of such cases and the importance of focusing on a chronological survey of any allegations made by the child and how they develop over time.
A Local Authority v AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN & OP  EWFC 75 - a multi-party and extremely complex fact-finding hearing where teenage children made allegations which were held to be patently and obviously untrue which involved them giving evidence.
Z County Council v M, F & C  EWFC B72 (Comm) - an important decision on the use of the High Court's inherent jurisdiction to authorise the deprivation of liberty of young people in care.
Re E-F (A Minor)  EWCA Civ 97
Re M (Section 94 Appeals)  1 FLR 546
International Family Law
Alev is frequently instructed in High Court cases relating to the international relocation of children (she appeared in the landmark Court of Appeal decision of Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases)  EWCA Civ 882) in child abduction matters, both within and outside the provisions of the Hague Convention and other cases with cross-border jurisdictional issues.
Court of Protection
Alev is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable adults who lack capacity in proceedings concerning their health, welfare, property and deprivation of liberty. She also regularly represents local authorities and family members in cases where best interests, property or deprivation of liberty issues are before the court.
Notable Court of Protection cases in which Alev has acted include:
What the Directories Say
"Very thorough and well-informed advice. Excellent advocacy skills." Tier 4 - Legal 500, 2021
"Is an excellent and assured advocate, her preparation is flawless, and she presents a case with poise. She really holds the court's attention." Tier 3 - Legal 500 2021
"Her written and oral advocacy are exemplary, and her subtle, stylish and skilful presentation gives your client’s case the edge." "Alev is popular with the judges, excellent with clients and easy to instruct." "Empathetic at all times but also firm and fair in her approach, she provides realistic advice in a sensitive way." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2021
"She has an incredibly calming demeanour, yet in court is a force to be reckoned with." Legal 500, 2019
"She is extremely bright and knowledgeable." Legal 500, 2019
"She can be extremely smooth and persuasive, and has one of the best bedside manners I've seen with a client. She's also capable of being ferocious in her cross-examination." Chambers and Partners, 2019
"Very bright, she always takes a good position in a case, and is an experienced and wise counsel." 2018
"She deals with very sensitive cases very skillfully and sensitively." 2018
"She's a firm presence in court and very good with child clients." 2018
"An experienced barrister who maintains a broad children practice covering both public and private issues. She is instructed to act for guardians, local authorities, children and parents. Giz has particular expertise in matters concerning the relocation of children internationally and domestically." Chambers and Partners, 2018
"Her calm, gentle manner belies her thoroughness and rigour." Legal 500, 2017
"Recommended for deprivation of liberty cases." Legal 500, 2017
"Her advocacy is calm and measured but behind it sits an authority and determination." Legal 500, 2016
Family Law Awards 2021 Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that Chambers and several of our members have been recognised in three categories for the prestigious Family Law Awards.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Children
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.
The Legal 500 2021 – Leading Set in Court of Protection
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Court of Protection and Community Care in the 2021 edition of Legal 500
Chambers and Partners
Band 3 - 2021
Tier 3 - 2021
Chambers and Partners
Band 4 - 2020
Tier 3 - 2020
Legal Aid Barrister of the Year - Finalist