Madeleine has a busy practice in all areas of family law, having joined chambers after successful completion of her pupillage in December 2018. Maddie has broad experience in public, private and international children cases, which includes acting as junior counsel in the High Court in cases involving complex fact-findings of sexual abuse allegations and cases involving catastrophic physical injury.
Maddie is committed to the publicly funded bar and accepts instructions in all areas of family law; she is a regular contributor to the Family Law Journal and Family Law Week and, alongside this, hosts a fortnightly podcast on current family law issues.
Prior to her career at the Bar, Maddie was an intern at the Texas Defender Service in Houston, Texas assisting attorneys with death row appeals whilst an undergraduate at Downing College, University of Cambridge. She also volunteered with the Schools Consent Project which was aimed at helping young people understand the laws around consent in England & Wales. Currently, Maddie maintains an interest in education and is a governor at a North London primary school where she takes particular interest in SENCO and pupil premium. She also sits on the Legal Reference Panel for the Centre for Women’s Justice.
Maddie is regularly instructed in complex private law matters, including those involving relocations, domestic abuse, implacable hostility, sexual harm and parental alienation. Maddie has experience in lengthy private fact-findings which include the instruction and challenge of expert evidence.
Maddie is particularly interested in new family forms, including LGBTQ+ families, IVF, surrogacy and other non-traditional family models; she recently authored an article entitled “Saviour Siblings: the role of the welfare principle within the law of assisted reproductive technology in England and Wales” which can be found in the FLJ January  Fam Law 81; February  Fam Law 252.
Maddie has been led by Christopher Stevenson in the High Court in a case involving allegations of sexual abuse leading to contraction of STDs in children. More recently, she was led by Christopher Miller in a case involving catastrophic injury suffered by a child.
Maddie maintains an active public law practice in her own right, acting for parents, children’s guardians and interveners in cases involving neglect, injury, domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health problems. She is comfortable in contested hearings involving expert and lay evidence. Maddie recently co-authored an article aimed at assisting local authorities deal with cases of relinquishment entitled “Relinquishing a baby for adoption: the legal framework for local authorities” which can be found in the FLJ August  Fam Law 1084.
Maddie accepts instructions in family finance work and has experience at all stages of matrimonial finance disputes, including negotiating to settlement and contested hearings.
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
Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn