Seema is a much sought-after junior in all areas of family law (finance and children) and is regularly instructed to deal with the most complex of cases. She is a seasoned advocate with a particular focus on private family and matrimonial finance work.
She has been led by silks in family law matters. She appears in all courts including the Court of Appeal. She advises and represents clients not only in the UK but also clients who are abroad and who consult her through the arrangements for Public Access.
Seema has a solid reputation as a tenacious advocate who leaves no stone unturned in working towards achieving the best result for each client. Seema’s clients value her client care, her patience and attention to detail in the most complex of cases, and her robust and effective advocacy. Once instructed, she is often retained by her clients who are always impressed by not just her commitment but also her success rate.
Seema is accredited to accept work under Public Access (also known as direct access) in suitable cases. She is a hot favourite for Public Access work as she is able to build a rapport and a relationship of trust and confidence very quickly. She also, very often, obtains excellent results.
Notable Cases include:
- IA332842014 & Ors.  UKAITUR IA332842014 (14 September 2015)
( UKAITUR IA332842014; From United Kingdom Immigration and Asylum (AIT/IAC) Unreported Judgments; 20 KB)
- LN (A Child) (Without Notice Application for Summary Return)  EWHC 1033 (Fam) (29 April 2016)
( EWHC 1033 (Fam); From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 14 KB)
- AM v DF  EWHC 2034 (Fam) (01 August 2017)
( 4 WLR 149,  EWHC 2034 (Fam),  WLR(D) 576,  1 FLR 481; From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 40 KB)
- K (Forced Marriage: Passport Order) (Rev 2)  EWCA Civ 190 (21 February 2020)
( 1 FLR 904,  2 FCR 406,  2 WLR 1279,  EWCA Civ 190,  Fam 283,  WLR(D) 107; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions; 61 KB)
- P v C & Ors  EWHC 693 (Fam) (28 March 2018)
( 2 FLR 1139,  3 FCR 266,  EWHC 693 (Fam); From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 79 KB)
- E v D  EWHC 1216 (Fam) (12 April 2022)
( EWHC 1216 (Fam); From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 67 KB)
- C v P & Ors  EWFC 23 (11 April 2017)
( EWFC 23; From England and Wales Family Court Decisions (High Court Judges); 110 KB)
Seema has worked on many high-profile cases involving parental alienation, implacable hostility, fabricated illness, serious sexual assault, serious non- accidental injury, radicalisation issues and domestic abuse/controlling coercive behaviour. Seema advises on forced marriage, radicalisation cases, domestic abuse, child abduction, sexual abuse, in the course of her work dealing with private law proceedings and applications for leave to remove connected to financial proceedings.. She is instructed in complex child-arrangement cases including parental alienation/parental hostility and is able to cut through the evidence in the case to achieve the result for her client. She is instructed by both mother’s and father’s in relation to various claims under the children act and always has the interests of their case at the forefront of her mind.
Seema has a busy practice in matrimonial finance matters, contested TOLATA cases and high-profile Schedule 1 claims. She has experience of all aspects of financial remedy proceedings, along with, private FDR’s and arbitration work with a special emphasis on cases involving cryptocurrency and hidden assets.
Her work undertaken includes financial remedies ancillary to divorce/dissolution of civil partnership, including cases involving:
- Trusts (both onshore and offshore)
- Jurisdictional disputes
- Company/business assets
- Non–matrimonial property
- Foreign property
- Disputes over property owned by third parties
- Clients without mental capacity
- Freezing Injunctions
- Property disputes relating to cohabitees
- Schedule 1 Claims
Seema acts in proceedings with an international element.
Seema frequently argues jurisdiction points in international matrimonial finance cases and is regularly instructed in applications under MFPA 1984. She has a busy international child abduction practice frequently instructed in Hague and Non-Hague matters. She is currently instructed counsel in a long-running abduction case appearing against leading counsel. She is well versed in the law on disclosure especially as it relates to child trafficking/forced marriage cases.
Reported case: E v D  EWHC 1216 (Fam) (12 April 2022)
Seema speaks Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi
Family Law Bar Association
Professional Qualifications and Awards
BA Politics and Philosophy, Alcuin College, University of York
Harmsworth Middle Temple Scholarship 2006
BPP Law School GDL
BPP Law School BVC
Seema Kansal's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) registration number is ZA348465.
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