Children: Public

FOURTEEN has a national reputation for its expertise in public law proceedings: our barristers have acted in many of the landmark cases, regularly appearing at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. We act in care proceedings, adoption matters, Special Guardianship applications and in judicial review cases and our barristers represent not only parents, children and local authorities but also adopters, foster parents and other interveners or interested parties.

FOURTEEN provides the highest quality of representation and legal advice. We are expert in cases involving non-accidental injury, factitious illness, neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Our public law barristers are also experienced in representing vulnerable clients with mental health and/or learning difficulties.  We have considerable experience in representing professional bodies such as CAFCASS, NYAS and the Official Solicitor in the more complex cases that arise in this area.

Increasingly, we are being instructed in public law cases with an international focus, including international adoptions and matters involving the European Convention on Human Rights.  In addition, we are often approached in relation to the growing number of cases involving alleged radicalisation of children, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.