Jessica has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law: private law children cases, financial remedies, public law, and adoption. She is also experienced in all aspects of applications to the Court of Protection.
Jessica is adept at representing clients with learning difficulties and special needs at all court levels: including up to the Court of Appeal. Jessica has completed the Bar Council Vulnerable Witness Training through Middle Temple.
Jessica is happy to accept public access instructions.
Children (Private Law)
In private law disputes, Jessica is known for her experience and her calm approach in complex cases and those involving parental alienation. Jessica regularly represents parents, grandparents and children. Jessica is experienced in applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction.
She also advises same-sex couples regarding surrogacy, adoption and child arrangements.
Children (Public Law)
In public law cases, Jessica undertakes issues of non-accidental injuries, fictitious illness, sexual abuse, and other complex cases. She accepts applications under the inherent jurisdiction in respect of children and persons under disability. She is experienced at working on abduction applications to remove from the jurisdiction (convention and non-convention countries).
Jessica is expert at care and adoption cases. In such cases she has frequently represented local authorities, parents, Guardians, and has taken instruction via the Official Solicitor.
Court of Protection
Jessica regularly appears in the Court of Protection.
Family Finance & Property
Jessica is experienced in all areas of financial remedy applications, from pre-proceedings negotiations, onwards through to final hearings. She has also worked on pre-nuptial agreements as well as on drafting and advisory work.
Jessica was the Member of Parliament for Erewash 2010 – 2015, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP. Whilst in Parliament, Jessica was able to raise awareness on important issues of family law, holding debates on issues such as updating the law on surrogacy and adoption reforms.
Jessica is also a former Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pro Bono and opened the family law pro bono law clinic at BPP Law School in 2013. She was made a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute in 2015, following completion of the Fellows’ Programme. Her course mentor was The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE PC.
Jessica was elected as a Bencher of the Hon. Society of Middle Temple in 2018.
Jessica is an approved advocacy trainer through Middle Temple. She teaches advocacy to pupils and teaches family law on the new practitioners’ programme.
Jessica has also been a Trustee of The Children’s Society.
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What the Directories Say
"Jessica is an excellent barrister. She is courteous to opponents and judges alike. She retains an admirable calm in her court demeanour and advocacy, which is very effective in gaining the ear of the judge. She is always well-prepared, and her knowledge of the latest legal developments and case law is second to none." Legal 500, 2024
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.
07 September 2021
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.
20 January 2021
Nine members of 1GC Family Law instructed in linked appeals in the Court of Appeal in cases involving allegations of Domestic Abuse
The Court of Appeal is this week hearing four linked appeals in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse.