Madeleine Whelan

Specialist in:

Maddie accepts instructions to act for all parties to private law proceedings, and has experience in applying for – and resisting – applications for Child Arrangements, Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps Orders. Recent cases in which Maddie has been instructed include successfully seeking permission to appeal a Prohibited Steps Order made at a directions appointment in relation to her client’s application for permission to relocate within the jurisdiction with the children. The order was made against the advice of CAFCASS and on the basis of inaccurate factual assumptions. The Circuit Judge granted permission to appeal and stayed the order; the respondent then withdrew his opposition to the mother’s relocation application.

Maddie is developing her practice in public law proceedings relating to children and accepts instructions from local authorities, parents, Children’s Guardians and wider family members. In particular, Maddie is adept at representing vulnerable clients, including those who require the assistance of intermediaries and advocates. Maddie has recent experience of representing a mother in FDAC proceedings and is currently representing a parent seeking to discharge a Special Guardianship Order.

Having had a lot of exposure to financial remedy proceedings during the course of her pupillage, Maddie acts in family finance cases, and accepts instructions from petitioners and respondents.

Maddie has a keen interest in proceedings with an international element, including private law proceedings where a parent seeks permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction on either a temporary or permanent basis, and abduction proceedings.


Law (MA), University of Cambridge, 2019
BPTC, BPP University Law School, 2017 (Very Competent)
Law (BA), University of Cambridge, 2016
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Erasmus Year, 2015


Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2016
Wolfson Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2016
4x4 Advocacy Scholar, BPP University, 2017
Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize, Lincolns Inn, 2017

Professional Memberships

Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn