1 Garden Court

Nkumbe Ekaney QC

Year of Call: 1990
Year of Silk: 2011

Practice Overview

Nkumbe has an extensive High Court practice which encompasses all areas of Children Law. More specifically, he regularly acts in complex cases concerning serious allegations of non-accidental injury, including death, FII, sexual abuse and chronic neglect of children. He is particularly adept at dealing with the highly complex medical evidence which these cases often involve.

Nkumbe has acted for minority and immigrant parents accused of ritualistic abuse, as well as other forms of abuse justified on cultural and religious grounds, such as radicalisation. He was Leading Counsel for the father in the leading FGM case of B&G (No 2) [2015] EWFC 3.

In Private Law, Nkumbe’s practice includes cases which contain allegations of serious physical, emotional or sexual abuse of children by their parents.

Nkumbe has been ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal Directories since 2008. He is renowned not only for the thorough way in which he approaches these sensitive cases, but for his relaxed, charming and yet polished advocacy style and his excellent client-care.

He has been a Deputy High Court Judge since 2017.

  • Children (Public Law)

    Nkumbe is highly recommended for his Public Law Children work. He is regularly instructed in a wide range of care, placement and adoption proceedings which involve complex instances of infanticide and serious physical, sexual or ritualistic abuse of children and the vulnerable. He has a wealth of experience representing all parties in such proceedings, including Local Authorities, parents, children, Guardians and other relatives. These cases invariably involve complicated factual considerations and detailed medical evidence which he is quick to absorb. 

    He was Leading Counsel for the father in the first ever case on female genital mutilation in the Family Court: 

  • Children (Private Law)

    Nkumbe represents parents, children and relatives in highly contentious proceedings concerning children arising from relationship breakdown. His practice includes cases which involve permission to relocate children and the international components of such removal.

  • What the Directories Say

    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. Chambers and Partners, 2020

    "A very polished advocate who is good with clients. He’s also good at dealing with judges and is a very pleasant opponent." Chambers and Partners, 2020

    "He is phenomenal in cross-examination and meticulous in his approach to cases." Chambers and Partners, 2020

    "A children lawyer through and through." Chambers and Partners, 2017

    "Very well thought of."  Chambers and Partners, 2017

    "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 and Partners, 2015

    "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 and Partners, 2014

    "Recommended." Legal 500, 2013

    "Great to deal with and someone who looks after clients well." Chambers and Partners, 2013

    "Highly recommended." Legal 500, 2012

    "His first-class practice." Chambers and Partners, 2012

    "Recommended." Legal 500, 2011

    "Recommended for childcare cases." Legal 500, 2010

    "Applauded for his relaxed and charming manner."  Chambers and Partners, 2010

    "Recommended."  Legal Experts, 2010

    "An excellent advocate — never ruffled." Legal 500, 2009

    "His 'laid-back and charming style' plays well with interviewees."  Chambers and Partners, 2008

    "Smooth as velvet in court."   Legal 500, 2008

    "Very able. Extraordinary how much detail he can absorb." 2008

    "Extremely good in court, and personable out of it." 2008

    "Extremely realistic in his approach." Chambers and Partners, 2008

  • Notable Cases