Cecilia Barrett

Call: 1998

‘Cecilia is phenomenal, kind, calming and humane and exactly what her clients need. She knows the case details, which involved very technical and complicated scientific evidence, inside out. She is responsive and very easy to work with.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2024

Cecilia is a highly regarded family practitioner with many years’ experience in financial remedy and children work. She is known as a well prepared, tenacious advocate who has the ear of the court. Cecilia develops and maintains good relationships with her clients and has a warm, empathetic style.

To instruct Cecilia or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961
Email: clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Practice Areas

Cecilia represents clients in the full range of financial cases from the very significant to the very small. Her recent cases have included issues involving bankruptcy, farming, family businesses and interveners. She is a robust negotiator and a very experienced trial advocate. Cecilia also has experience of representing clients in private FDRs and arbitrations. Cecilia always ensures that she works as a team with her instructing solicitors and clients.

Cecilia has very wide-ranging experience in private law children matters. Her recent cases have included applications involving parental alienation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic abuse and difficulties with mental health. She has conducted many, many fact-finding hearings where these issues are determined. Cecilia is regularly instructed in cases involving 16.4 Guardians and cases where public law applications are contemplated. She has also represented clients in applications involving change of name, change of school and relocation.

As a highly experienced children lawyer, Cecilia has represented parents, local authorities and children’s guardians in the full range of public law cases. She has been involved in cases where there are issues of sexual and physical abuse, neglect and drug and alcohol misuse. As a consequence of her style she is particularly adept at working with vulnerable adults.

Notable Public Law Children cases

Re AB (A Child: Diabetic Care) [2023] EWFC 149

Mother accused of fabricated and induced illness by covert and chronic insulin maladministration.

Cecilia is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access Scheme in appropriate circumstances.


What the directories say

'Cecilia is thorough and efficient in her preparation. She is smart, incisive, and clear in her advice and formulation of case strategy. She is authoritative but sympathetic in her communication with clients. She is a team player working to get the best outcome for the client working constructively, and in a family focused way.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2023

‘She is fantastic with clients, balancing firm advice with a great understanding and empathetic manner.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

"Straight-talking and down-to-earth; develops a good rapport with clients."
The Legal 500 UK Bar

Related News

Cecilia Barrett and Emma Gatland have been appointed Deputy District Judges on the South Eastern Circuit.

Harcourt Chambers is thrilled to announce that Cecilia Barrett (call 1998) and Emma Gatland (call 2013) have been appointed Deputy District Judges assigned to the South Eastern Circuit.

Chambers wishes…

Nick Goodwin KC and Cecilia Barrett in Re: AB (A Child: Diabetic Care) [2023] EWFC 149.

Nick Goodwin KC and Cecilia Barrett, instructed by Miles and Partners, represented the mother in the above case. Matthew Brookes-Baker was also involved in the case representing the child.

Congratulations to our London Legal Walk team for reaching their fundraising target

Huge congratulations to our fantastic London Walk team; Alicia Collinson, Cecilia Barrett, Alison Williams, Frances Harris, Natasha Miller, Fazeela Ishmael and Alana Hughes, who successfully completed the 10k route and raised…


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