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  • ‘The perfect combination of tenacity, authority and warmth. A go-to silk for complicated children and fertility cases.’

    Legal 500 2020
  • ‘A calm yet strong and incisive advocate.’

    Chambers UK 2020
  • ‘Fiercely intelligent and very good on the detail, she’s somebody who does a really wide range of work and is expert at all of it. Good at strategy and seeing what points matter, she’s not afraid to give difficult, realistic advice.’

    Chambers UK 2020

Practice Overview

Deirdre Fottrell specialises in the law relating to children. She is also a leading practitioner in the field of surrogacy and assisted reproduction cases in which issues of legal parentage arise.

She has appeared at all levels of court in the UK including the Supreme Court and she has litigated cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Deirdre has particular expertise as appellate counsel and in 2017-18 she has appeared in the Court of Appeal on ten occasions.  In 2018 she acted for the appellants in the UKSC in the case of Williams v the London Borough Of Hackney.

She has broad experience in public law cases in which allegations of sexual abuse, radicalisation or fatal injury arise.  In private law she acts in residence, contact and relocation disputes. 

Deirdre was a university lecturer before coming to the bar. She has taught and published in the area of children's rights, European human rights and international law since 1995.  She has taught at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and the University of Essex.  From 2002-2012 she was a visiting professor at the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York. She has acted as a Council of Europe expert on the ECHR and in an advisory capacity to UNIFEM.

Chambers UK Bar

Star Individual

2020

Chambers UK Bar Awards

QC of the Year - Shortlisted

2019

Family Law Awards

QC of the Year - Finalist

2019

Chambers UK Bar

Top Ranked

2019

Legal 500

Leading Individual

2019

Chambers UK Bar Awards

Shortlisted Family QC of the Year

2018

Bar Pro Bono Awards

Family QC of the Year

2018