Denise is a Family Law practitioner specialising in the law relating to children with a particular focus on complex public and private law children cases appearing in all levels of court including the High Court and Court of Appeal. She also specialises in adoption (including inter-country adoption), Wardship/inherent jurisdiction and Court of Protection matters.
Children (Public Law)
Denise has extensive experience and is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, parents, guardians and separate representation of competent children. She regularly appears in complex cases involving fact-finding hearings. Denise has particular expertise in the following:
- Sexual abuse including cases involving children who are alleged abusers;
- Physical harm including Female genital mutilation;
- Non-accidental injury including head injury cases;
- Care proceedings involving concurrent criminal proceedings such as child cruelty, neglect and sex offences;
- Cases with an International or cultural dimension a suspected trafficked children;
- Serious emotional abuse and chronic neglect cases;
- Fabricated induced illness
Denise regularly acts for teenage parents, when they are both the subject child and teenage parent respondent; parents with learning disabilities or mental health problems including through the Official Solicitor. She is instructed in cases which requires the cross examination of a child or vulnerable adult. Denise has also been instructed where there has been a death of a child.
Notable cases in public children law in which Denise has acted include:
Children (Private Law)
Denise regularly acts in private law cases primarily acting for 16.4 guardians and the separate representation of competent children. She appears in complex private law matters which involve fact finding such as physical harm. She has acted in cases with international elements.
International Family Law
Denise acts or advises in cases involving international adoption and abductions cases.
What the Directories Say
"Denise is very clear in her advocacy and has a way of getting to the heart of an issue in her cross-examination of witnesses. She is a personable advocate who prepares her cases in great detail." Legal 500, 2024
“An exceptional advocate. She puts her client's case with clarity and authority. Her case analysis is second to none. Clients have great confidence in her ability. She is empathetic in her approach whilst at the same time being firm in her advice.” Legal 500, 2022
"Denise has astounding technical ability and a keen eye for detail when dealing with particularly complex issues (around medical disclosure, for example). Denise has a fantastic approach to advocacy (clear, concise and delivers a punch)." Tier 5 - Legal 500, 2021
“An extraordinarily talented barrister with a keen eye for detail.” Tier 5 - Legal 500, 2020
04 October 2023
The Legal 500 2024 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we have been included as a Top Tier set in Family: Children and Domestic Abuse in the 2024 edition of Legal 500.
29 November 2022
1GC Family Law wins two awards at Family Law Awards 2022
Chambers came away from the Family Law Awards on the 28th November with awards in two categories, Children Team of the Year and Family Law Silk of the Year.
28 September 2022
The Legal 500 2023 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
We are pleased to share that we are ranked as a Top Tier set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 guide.
The Family Law Awards
Family Law Silk of the Year
Tier 5 - 2021
Tier 5 - 2020