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Nkumbe Ekaney QC

Year of Call: 1990
Year of Silk: 2011

  • ‘A very polished advocate who is good with clients. He’s also good at dealing with judges and is a very pleasant opponent.’

    Chambers UK 2020
  • ‘He is phenomenal in cross-examination and meticulous in his approach to cases.’

    Chambers UK 2020

Practice Overview

Nkumbe practises exclusively in family law specialising in complex cases concerning serious allegations of non-accidental injury; death, FII, sexual abuse and chronic neglect of children. These cases involve highly complex medical evidence.

In Private Law, Nkumbe’s practice include cases with allegations of serious physical, emotional or sexual abuse of children by parents.

Nkumbe has acted for minority and or immigrant parents accused of ritualistic and other abuse including radicalisation justified on cultural and religious grounds; he was leading counsel for the father in the leading FGM case of B&G (No 2) 2015 EWFC 3.

An extensive High Court practice with a wealth of experience acting for parents, children and local authorities in hearings involving chronic neglect, sexual abuse, serious physical and emotional harm and death of children.

  • Children (public law)

    Nkumbe acts for local authorities, parents, children, guardians and relatives in a wide range of care, placement and adoption proceedings involving complex cases of infanticide, serious physical, sexual and ritualistic abuse of children and the vulnerable. These cases invariably involve complicated factual and medical considerations. He was leading counsel for the father in the first ever case on FGM in the Family Court.

  • Children (private law)

    Nkumbe represents parents, children and relatives in highly contentious proceedings concerning children arising from relationship breakdown, including cases involving aspects of permission to relocate children and the international components of such removal.

  • What the directories say

    2017: Represents parents and children in public and private child law cases, with particular expertise advising on matters concerning serious non-accidental injuries. He is also experienced at handling matters that concern sexual assault, neglect and child death. 

    "A children lawyer through and through." "Very well thought of."  Chambers UK

    2015: “Renowned for his work in sensitive and complex child welfare law, notably infanticide cases and those involving serious allegations of abuse and neglect. In addition to his expertise in children law, he is equally proficient in dealing with the legalities that arise after breakdowns in marriages and civil partnerships.”  Chambers UK

    2014: “Recommended for public law children work, and cases involving infanticide and non-accidental injuries.” (Legal 500)

    2014: “He is very good and always impresses.”  Chambers UK

    2013: “Recommended”  Legal 500

    2013: “great to deal with and someone who looks after clients well.”  Chambers UK

    2012: “Highly recommended”  Legal 500

    2012: “His first-class practice”  Chambers UK

    2011: “Recommended”   Legal 500

    2010: “recommended for childcare cases” (Legal 500)

    2010: “Applauded for his relaxed and charming manner”  Chambers UK

    2010: "Recommended"  Legal Experts

    2009: “an excellent advocate — never ruffled”   Legal 500

    2008: His “laid-back and charming style” plays well with interviewees.  Chambers UK

    2008: “Smooth as velvet in court”   Legal 500

    2008: “Very Able. Extraordinary how much detail he can absorb”
    “Extremely good in court, and personable out of it”
    “Extremely realistic in his approach”   
    Chambers UK

  • Cases

    Re B and G (Children) (No 2) [2015] EWFC 3

    BCC v A Mother and Others 2014 EWHC 1367 (Fam)

    Re JS 2012 EWHC 1370

    Stodgell v Stodgell 2009 2 FLR 218 QBD/FD

    Re K (Shared Residence Order) 2008 2  FLR 380

    Re B (Sexual Abuse) Expert Report 2000 1 FLR 871

    B v Torbay Council 2007 1 FLR 203 FD