The High Court’s inherent jurisdiction in relation to children, including making a child a Ward of Court, is a vast power that the court has to protect children in areas where statutory remedies are inadequate. Our barristers are leading experts in this area of law, with experience at the highest levels, and have acted for clients in many of the leading authorities such as Re NY (A Child)  UKSC 49.
The inherent jurisdiction is often used or considered in complex and ground-breaking cases, and we are proud to have been part of many of them. There is no theoretical limit to the issues which can be addressed by the court in this way, so long as they link to a child’s welfare. Some areas where Harcourt barristers have used the inherent jurisdiction include:
In addition to our advocacy experience, members of Harcourt frequently write articles and give lectures about the inherent jurisdiction, and our team includes academics who specialise in this area of law.