Practice Profile

Justine was called to the Bar in July 2010 and accepted tenancy at Harcourt Chambers following the successful completion of her pupillage in 2011.


Before studying law, Justine read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford.  She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction, and obtained an Outstanding in 2010 in the Bar Vocational Course from the College of Law, London.


As a member of Lincoln’s Inn Justine has been awarded the following scholarships: Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (2008), Sir Thomas More Bursary (2009 BVC Award), Sarah Wadham Bursary (2009 BVC Award), Buchanan Prize (2010 BVC Award) and Wolfson Scholarship (2010 Pupillage Award).




Justine is a family law specialist.  She has represented clients in the High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Court, and has been led in two public law children cases by John Vater QC involving allegations of the most serious kind.


Justine treats every client as an individual and ensures each of them feels listened to and understood. She appreciates that not everyone has attended court before, so takes the time to reassure clients and explain what is going to happen at each stage of the process.  Justine is particularly good with clients who are vulnerable and those who may be very anxious or distressed.


Having represented clients who do not use English as their first language, Justine is experienced at conducting conferences and hearings using a translator.


Justine gave a Public Law Update and spoke about the effects of the President’s reforms at the public children law seminar in Oxford on 9th May 2014.  She then spoke at the Northamptonshire Family Justice Board Conference on 23rd January 2015 where she presented a practical guide to parallel planning and the reasons why assessments of alternative carers must begin earlier in the PLO process.


Most recently Justine gave a talk addressing the forensic process, analysing the cases of Re A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 and Re J (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 222 and what these decisions meant for practitioners.




In public law proceedings Justine acts for local authorities, guardians, parents, grandparents and interveners.  She has much experience in cases of this nature representing clients at contested removal hearings, interim hearings and fully contested final hearings.  She has also dealt with special guardianship, adoption and revocation of placement orders.  Her cases have covered issues such as capacity, mental illness, domestic violence, suspected physical abuse, drug and alcohol problems, neglect and emotional harm.


Justine appeared on behalf of Coventry City Council in the care proceedings arising out of the systematic torture and murder of Daniel Pelka.  She was junior to John Vater QC during the fact finding hearing before going on to represent the local authority alone at the disclosure hearing and final hearing.




Justine has a strong private law children practice.  She has undertaken work in a wide range of private law matters representing parents and guardians as well as other family members.  Justine has experience in private law fact finding hearings including those concerning alleged sexual abuse, domestic violence and parental alienation.




Another key part of Justine’s practice is representing clients in injunction proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996.  She has experience in both ex parte hearings and contested hearings.   Justine understands that clients facing an order forcing them out of their home and clients who are driven to apply for such orders out of fear are often very upset and stressed.  She provides a listening ear during the turmoil whilst ensuring her clients know their prospects of success and the options available to them.




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