Jay Banerji

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Jay is an experienced lawyer working in all aspects of the law relating to children. Jay is frequently instructed on the whole range of children matters including arrangements for where children live, and who they spend time with.

Jay is frequently instructed by professional clients including, barristers, medical professionals and people in the City.

Jay acts for children and family members in public law proceedings.  So far this year Jay has done an 18 day final hearing in the High Court, and has also acted for a child in a reported case in the High Court that drew considerable media attention.

Reported cases
13th May 2019 | Bailii

CQ, DQ & EQ [2018] EWHC 3979 (Fam)

Jay Banerji led by Sarah Morgan QC acted for the mother in this fact-finding involving allegations of forced marriage, FGM, and physical abuse. Wardship proceedings ran alongside the forced marriage application brought by the Chief Constable.
24th August 2017 | Bailii

F (A Minor: Secure Accommodation Resources) [2017] EWHC 2189 (Fam)

The Local Authority had applied for a Secure Accommodation Order in respect of a 14-year-old boy.  This high-profile judgment, delivered in open court, attracted the attention of national media and focuses on the unavailability of placements for a child in secure accommodation.

Jay acts mainly for professionals and high net worth individuals in financial proceedings. Jay’s recent cases include assets being hidden in companies overseas, issues relating to inherited farmland, and the valuation of businesses and partnerships.

Jay has recently acted for a Euromillions jackpot winner and has previously acted for the wives of a Premiership footballer, and the heir to a Greek shipping fortune respectively.

Jay is frequently instructed in cases of forum shopping and defended divorce and is in demand for jurisdictional cases.

Jay also acts on and advises on related areas of law such as Schedule 1, TOLATA and probate and Chancery matters.

Jay deals with abduction matters, whether under BIIR, the Hague Convention, or in respect of non-Convention countries. Jay’s recent work includes acting for a father whose young son was abducted from Australia to the UK, a returning abduction following High Court proceedings in Hong Kong, and a contested leave to remove to India.

Jay is also frequently instructed on leave to remove applications, whether temporary or permanent.  In 2017, Jay appeared as sole counsel against a leading silk in a contested leave to remove application.

What the directories say

“He is both eloquent and intelligent – a class act” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2018

“A brilliant communicator, who can be trusted to make the correct tactical decisions” – tier 4
The Legal 500 2017


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Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple
Amnesty International

29th October 2018
Legal 500
11th October 2017
Legal 500