Edward Bennett

Call: 2013

"A true gentleman; well-liked by opponents and clients alike; a soft, gentle and utterly likeable manner with impeccable client care and a real knack for complex and esoteric points of law. Tremendous advocate."
Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

Edward is a highly respected advocate with a growing reputation in family and court of protection work, particularly focusing on international disputes concerning children or vulnerable adults, or complex and sensitive issues such as serious medical treatment.

Edward sits on the editorial board of the International Family Law Journal and was its General Editor from 2015 – 2020. In 2015, he was named Young Family Law Barrister of the Year at the Jordans (now Lexis Nexis) Family Law Awards.

Edward previously trained as a solicitor in the London and Prague offices of Allen & Overy. On qualification, he spent a year as the Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Lloyd in the Court of Appeal and a further year as Legal Adviser to the Head of International Family Justice for England & Wales, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Thorpe.

Outside the bar, Edward spent two years alongside his legal practice as a Research Assistant at the College of Arms.

To instruct Edward or for more information…

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

Practice Areas

Edward has significant experience in cases of international children cases at first instance and appellate level.

Notable International Family Law cases

Z v D (Art 13 Refusal of Return Order) [2020] EWHC 1857 (Fam)

International child abduction.

Re PT (Abduction: Coronavirus: Grave Risk of Harm) [2020] EWHC 834 (Fam); [2020] Fam Law 822

Child abduction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Re S (Abduction: Dismissal of Application) [2019] 1 FLR 354

International child abduction.

AH v AMH (Summary Return of Child to Sudan) [2018] EWHC 2981 (Fam)

Child abduction/first reported occasion a child returned to Sudan.

Re GP (A Child) (Abduction: Consideration of Evidence) [2018] 4 WLR 16

International child abduction.

Re H (A Child) (International Abduction: Asylum & Welfare) [2017] 2 FLR 527

International child abduction.

Re D (Children) (Child Abduction: Practice) [2016] 4 WLR 62

International child abduction.

Edward has wide-ranging experience of all private law children matters including, serious medical treatment, international child custody, relocation, forced marriage and stranded spouse cases, and international commercial surrogacy.

Notable Private Law Children cases

CS v FB (Incapacity: Interim Declaration) [2020] EWHC 1474 (Fam); [2020] Fam Law 1146
V v M (Child Arrangements Order: International Relocation) [2020] 2 FLR 387
Re HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No 3) [2018] 1 FLR 125

Withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. Whether there should be police presence at the bedside when withdrawal of treatment is carried out.

MS v PS C - 283/16

Court of Justice of the European Union – international child maintenance.

P v P [Case No 1 of 2016]

International relocation – the first international children’s case ever before the courts of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.

Re C & D (Children) (Parental Order) [2016] 2 FLR 446

International commercial surrogacy.

AA v TT (Recognition & Enforcement) [2015] 2 FLR 1 - 1980

European Custody Convention.

Edward has significant experience representing all parties in public law cases, in particular in relation to child protection cases with an international element, and those where questions of serious medical treatment arise.

Notable Public Law Children cases

Re T [2021] UKSC 35

Supreme Court appeal about the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise secure accommodation for vulnerable children.

Re X (Care Proceedings: Jurisdiction and Fact Finding) [2020] EWHC 2742 (Fam)

Edward has significant experience in representing all parties, including Sovereign States, in Court of Protection cases and cases concerning vulnerable adults.

Notable Court of Protection cases

D (A Child: deprivation of liberty) [2015] COPLR 209

16/17-year-olds and deprivations of liberty.

Edwards accepts instructions in ecclesiastical law.

Having spent two years at the College of Arms, Edward is one of the few juniors of the bar to have experience of contested peerage and baronetage disputes

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


What the directories say

"Has gravitas way beyond his years and knows his stuff inside out. He is an erudite, likeable and charming advocate." "His legal analysis, arguments, and knowledge of international children's law are consistently impressive."
Chambers UK Bar 2021

‘Is widely respected for the depth of his knowledge and the passion he has for his work. A dream to work with, with immaculate written work, is always prepared.’
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

"Experienced and steady as an advocate, he is tactically impressive and tenacious, but he also cares for his clients. He is incredibly knowledgeable and good at identifying incredibly esoteric points which few would pick up on"
Chambers UK Bar 2020

"Down to earth, calm and has phenomenal intellectual ability without being stuffy or pretentious. He's quiet but deadly"
Chambers UK Bar 2019

"He is already amassing a reputation well beyond his call for international children issues. His practice has already taken him to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Sources are quick to highlight his impressive intellect and calm approach."
Chambers UK Bar 2018