1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

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

    "Is extremely knowledgeable; ensures she is fully prepared; considers all potential aspects; and is a formidable advocate." 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." Chambers and Partners, 2020

    "She’s also compassionate towards her clients." 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

  • Notable Cases

    Re R (Children) [2012] CA (Civ Div)
    Re A (Adoption: Removal) [2009] 2 FLR 597
    Re X (Emergency Protection Orders) [2006] 2 FLR 701
    Lambeth v S, C and J [2007] 1 FLR 152

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