Pamela is a specialist family practitioner. Her practice primarily focuses on public law children, specifically very complex cases of abuse and serious harm, often with concurrent criminal proceedings. She almost exclusively represents children, Gillick competent children or vulnerable adults. She is often instructed in cases involving serious physical abuse, sexual abuse, non-accidental injury (including head injuries) attempted infanticide, ritual abuse, child trafficking, child modern day slavery, vitamin D deficiency and chronic neglect.
Her High Court work includes representing NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service), CAFCASS Legal and cases with an international element. Pamela is trained in ensuring that vulnerable witnesses give their best evidence in court and regularly advises solicitors who instruct her on topical issues and recent developments in Family Law.
Pamela also practices in private law. She has experience of adoption (including international) and surrogacy cases. She frequently represents children in private law cases through their rule 16.4 Guardian and is instructed on behalf of children thorough CAFCASS legal.
Pamela was appointed as a Recorder on the London/South Eastern circuit in Crime in 2009, and has also sat as a Recorder in both Private and Public Family Law since 2014.
Pamela was also instructed as junior counsel in the first case involving allegations of Female Genital Mutilation before the then President of the Family Division. Pamela has also been instructed as leading junior counsel.
What the Directories Say
‘Always has the ear of the Judge, is very well known for her sensible and pragmatic approach. As an advocate you know that if Pamela is involved in your case she brings to the case common sense.’ Tier 4 - Legal 500, 2021
"Has a breadth of knowledge across a wide range of issues and a nice, personal touch." "Her work ethic is unbelievable and her judgement is also very good." "Clients love her because she takes the time to listen to what they have to say." Band 2 - Chambers and Partner, 2021
"Is extremely knowledgeable; ensures she is fully prepared; considers all potential aspects; and is a formidable advocate." Tier 4 - Legal 500, 2020
"She’s thorough, extremely competent and has very fine advocacy and negotiation skills. Pamela is well respected by other advocates and judges alike, because of her calm, professional manner and her impressive command of the law." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2020
"She’s also compassionate towards her clients." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2020
"A formidable advocate who is respected by her peers and the judiciary." Legal 500, 2019
"She is the epitome of grace, calm, thoroughness and good judgement." Chambers and Partners, 2019
"A fantastic advocate, who is great on her feet." Chambers and Partners, 2019
"She makes bold and compelling submissions, which do the case real justice" Legal 500, 2017
"A phenomenal advocate, whose client care skills are second to none." Legal 500, 2016
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Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Children
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.
The Legal 500 2021 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Legal 500.
Chambers UK 2020
1GC Family Law is proud to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK across three practice areas. Our skills in Family: Children, Family: Matrimonial Finance and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare are recognised, with many individual silks and juniors listed.
Chambers and Partners
Band 2 - 2021
Tier 4 - 2021
Chambers and Partners
Band 3 - 2020
Tier 4 - 2020