1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

1973 - 1980 – General common law, divorce and  financial relief and crime

1980 - 1990 – divorce, financial relief and children (Wardship and CYPAs)

1989 co-founder of I Garden Court Family Law Chambers – joint head of chambers until 2010

1990 - 2000 - Children Act (private and public law), International, Human Rights, Mental Capacity (pre COP ) and mediation

2000 - continuing as above and Court of Protection

  • Children (private law)
  • Children (public law)
  • Court of Protection
  • International family law
  • Mediation
  • Other Areas of Expertise

    Human Rights

    Cases involving the Press, Special Advocates and Terrorism

  • What the directories say

    2018/19: ‘Her attention to detail is phenomenal.’ Legal 500 

    Known for her representation of local authorities in public law cases involving allegations of domestic violence and abuse. She additionally handles cases concerning the wardship of vulnerable children. "She is a very steady pair of hands who brings vast amounts of experience to her work. She isn't fazed by anything, and brings a calming and technically brilliant perspective to even the most complex of cases." Chambers UK

    2017: Known for her representation of local authorities in public law cases involving allegations of domestic violence and abuse. Additionally handles cases concerning wardship of vulnerable children. "Tenacious and thorough, she uses her broad reserves of knowledge to the client’s benefit."  Chambers UK

    2016: "Highly experienced in complex care proceedings."  Legal 500

    2016: "Tenacious, thorough and uses her broad reserves of knowledge for the clients' benefit." "She has experience and gravitas that can't easily be acquired."  Chambers UK

    2015: "A real pleasure to work with"  Legal 500

    2015: "Her client care, her thoroughness, her preparation and her advocacy are all excellent." "Her depth of knowledge and ability to master the most complicated of details in a complex case are impressive."  Chambers UK

    2014: "Incredibly committed, meticulous and tenacious."  Legal 500

    2014: Founder of the set and a long-term joint head of chambers. She brings decades of family law experience to her Court of Protection practice. "A delightful, exceptional senior barrister."  Chambers UK

    2012: "Complex private and public children law cases are the bread and butter of Alison Ball QC. A thoroughly seasoned performer, she is lauded for the fact that "she marshals facts really nicely and has a very good and effective style."  Chambers UK

  • Cases

    J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender) 2017 EWFC 4

    Re R (Closed Material Procedure: Special Advocates:funding) 2017 EWHC 1793 Fam

    Re XP (a child) 2014 EWHC 4524 (death of child/care proceedings)

    City and County of Swansea and XZ and YZ and the Press, Media and Ors [2014] EWHC (Fam) 212 (Press injunction re mother's criminal trial)

    In the Matter of Z (a child) P,D,X,Y,Z [2014] EWHC 2355 (Fam) (case with "uniquely difficult logistical and practical" problems: LIP, non-English speaking imprisoned father: abuse of mother and children: police intervention: fair trial: limitation of PR)

    Re X and Others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWHC COP 25; [2014] EWHC COP 37. (Post Cheshire West hearings by President)

    London Borough of Lambeth, SD, SM, SD, Child A and Child B [2013] EWHC B22 (Fam) (permission to withdraw proceedings: child with "unusual" skull)

    M (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1147 (order for no direct contact: need for examination of appropriate contact centres)

    BCC v FZ and AZ and HZ [2012] EWHC 1154 (Fam) (PII and non-disclosure to parents: special advocates)

    In the Matter of Q (a child) [2011] EWCA Civ 1610 (application to set aside adoption order)

    Kent CC v A Mother, F, X,Y,Z and IR [2011] EWHC 402 (Fam) (Care Proceedings: Disclosure, Learning Disability)

    As above [2011] EWHC 1267 (Fam) (Costs)

    Re S (Transfer of Residence) [2010] 1FLR 1785; Re S (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 219; In the Matter of S [2010] EWCA Civ 325; Re TE and SH and S [2010] EWHC 192 (Fam); A Local Authority v TE and SH and S [2010) EWHC B2 (Fam); Warwickshire CC v TE SH and S EWHC B19 (Fam). (Intractable contact)

    Re T (Wardship: Review of Police Protection Decision) No 1 ) [2010] FLR 1017; No 2 [2010] 1 FLR 1026.

    Re T (Impact of Police Intelligence) [2010] 1 FLR 1048.

    In the Matter of A Local Authority v C (by litigation friend the Official Solicitor and others [2010] EWHC 978 (COP) (Deprivation of Liberty)

    In the Matter of L-B (children) [2010] EWCA Civ 1463 (Care Proceedings – welfare decisions)

    A Local Authority v SB, AB and MB [2010] EWCA 1744 Fam [2010] 2 FLR 1203 (Decision to undergo surgery – care proceedings)

    D McG v Neath Port Talbot and others [2010] EWCA Civ 821 (Learning Disability)

    KvL [2010] EWCA Civ 125 (Non-financial conduct in ancillary relief proceedings)

    In re B (a Child) (2009) FC [2009] UKSC 5 (Grandparent carer/ natural father – residence)

    City of Westminster v IC (by his Friend the Official Solicitor) and KC and NN [2008] 2 FLR 267 [Incapacitated adult: nullity]

    S. Borough Council v LS, IS, ES and JL [2008] EWHC 3013 (Fam) [Hague: Brussels 11r – trafficked child]

    M v F and others [2008] EWHC] 2049 [Hague Convention]

    Re LM (Reporting Restrictions: Coroner’s Inquest) [2008] 1FLR 1360 [2007] EWHC 1902 (Fam)

    Re U (Care Proceedings: Criminal Conviction: Refusal to Give Evidence) [2006] EWHC 372 (Fam) [2006] 2 FLR 690

    X City Council v MB, NB and MAB (by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) [2006] EWHC 168 (Fam) [2006] 2 FLR 968. [Incapacitated adult]

    A Local Authority v W, L, W, T and R (by the Children's Guardian) [2005] EWHC 1564 (Fam) [2006] 1 FLR 1 [Publicity]

    Re C (Abduction: Settlement) [2005] 1 FLR 938

    Cannon v Cannon [2005] 1 FLR 169

    Re C (Abduction: Settlement) [2005] 1 FLR 127

    Re C (Abduction: Interim Directions: Accommodation by Local Authority) [2004] 1 FLR 653

    *Re S (a child) (abduction: interim directions) [2003] All ER (D) 238 (Dec), [2003] EWHC 3065 (Fam)

    A County Council v K, D and L [2005] EWHC 144 (Fam) [2005] 1 FLR 851

    Walley v Walley - [2005] All ER (D) 255 and also at [2005] 3 FCR 35

    Re M (children) (transfer of proceedings to High Court) [2005] All ER (D) 305 (Nov)

    Re A (Temporary Removal from Jurisdiction) [2004] EWCA Civ 1587 [2005] 1 FLR 639

    A Local Authority v S,W and T (by his Guardian) [2004] 2 FLR 129

    Re ET (Serious Injuries: Standard of Proof) [2003] 2FLR 1205

    Hadjimilitis (Tsalviris) v Tsalviris [2003] 1 FLR 81 (as Recorder) [Contested Divorce/costs]

    Re A & D (Non-Accidental Injury: Subdural Haematomas) [2002] 1 FLR 337

    Re T & A (Children) (Risk of Disclosure) [2000] 1 FLR 859 [Guardian confidentiality]

    Re E (Care Proceedings: Social Work Practice) [2000] 2 FLR 25

    McGladdery v McGladdery (1999) 2 FLR 1102 [Financial Provision]

    Re RJ (Fostering: Person Disqualified) [1999] 1 FLR 605

    Re RJ (Foster Placement) [1998] 2 FLR 110

    Lincolnshire County Council v RJ V intervening [1998] 2 FLR 82

    Re C (Detention: Medical Treatment) [1997] 2 FLR 180

    Re F (a minor) [1997] EWCA Civ 1044 [Re a Guardian]

    Re B (Children Act Proceedings) (Issue Estoppel) [1997] 1 FLR 285 and at [1997] 2 All ER 29

    Re M and R (Child Abuse: Evidence) [1996] 2 FLR 195

    Re T and E (Proceedings: Conflicting Interests) [1995] 1 FLR 581

    C v C (Financial Provision: Non-Disclosure) [1994] 2 FLR 272

    Re C (Financial Provision: Leave to Appeal) [1993] 2 FLR 799

    Re A and W (Minors) [1992] 2 FLR 154

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