Jay Banerji

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Jay is experienced in all aspects of children law, including arrangements for where children live and who they spend time with.

Jay is frequently instructed on international children cases. He is currently dealing with an extremely complex Article 11 case in the High Court following the wrongful retention of a child in Poland.

Jay has recently dealt with applications for leave to remove to India, Hong Kong and Israel.

Jay has particular experience dealing with cases involving parental alienation. Jay is currently instructed by a father, a consultant psychiatrist, in a case where the mother, a solicitor, had stopped all contact.

Earlier this year Jay successfully defended allegations of alienation made against his client, and obtained a costs order in his client’s favour.

Last year Jay appeared against leading counsel in a 5 day final hearing on an alienation case.

Jay is frequently instructed by professional clients including barristers, doctors and people in the City. Jay understands the importance of rigorous confidentiality and a high level of client service.

Jay has a heavyweight public law practice. Jay appears frequently in the High Court and is used to dealing with cases that draw considerable media attention. So far this year Jay has done an 18 day case in the High Court, appeared in a reported case on forced marriage, and undertaken a lengthy fact-finding in respect of allegations of torture and physical abuse. Jay is used to complex witness handling, including the cross-examination of children. Jay will be undertaking a fact-finding in relation to allegations on non-accidental head injury in September 2019.

Reported cases
17th November 2018 | 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 for professionals and high net worth individuals in financial proceedings. Jay’s recent cases have involved assets being hidden overseas, inherited farmland, and the valuation of businesses and partnerships.

Jay has acted for a Euromillions jackpot winner, the wife of a Premiership footballer, and the wife of a Greek shipping heir.

Jay has a niche expertise in defended divorces, including the validity (or otherwise) of religious and overseas marriages. Jay is in demand for cases of forum shopping and jurisdictional issues. Jay is currently instructed on a Moroccan case in which the Attorney General has been invited to intervene. Jay is also instructed on a defended divorce relating to whether an Islamic religious ceremony performed in the UK gave rise to a void or voidable marriage.

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

‘Is a class act: tactically astute, unfazed by judicial intervention, he handles witnesses with ease and is persuasive and polished in submissions. His smooth manner belies the deadly questions in cross-examination. A formidable opponent.’ – tier 2
The Legal 500 2021

“Is counsel of choice for many solicitors who value his polished advocacy and exceptional client-handling skills” – tier 3
The Legal 500 2020

“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

27th September 2019
Legal 500
29th October 2018
Legal 500
11th October 2017
Legal 500