Jennifer Kotilaine > Chambers of David Berkley QC > Oxford, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley QC

Work Department



Jennifer joined 3PB in 2016 having established a successful Family and Court of Protection practice at a leading common law chambers. She continues to develop her practice, undertaking work primarily in the law relating to children and vulnerable adults.

She appears in court frequently and also routinely provides written advice on various matters relating to local authority duties relating to children, care leavers and vulnerable adults.

Jennifer has written several articles on developments in public law and has recently advised the policy unit of a local authority on safeguarding issues arising from a child sexual exploitation scandal, including preparing for a Serious Case Review and a ‘stocktake’ review by central government of child sexual abuse. This was a two-year project which she undertook whilst also practicing at the Bar.

Jennifer is a family mediator (Resolution).

Jennifer is also a member of the ad hoc rules committee of the Court of Protection. She trains BPTC students in family advocacy.


Jennifer works principally in the field of public family law, representing parents, children and local authorities in complex care proceedings. She has experience of representing parents and children with mental health issues and learning difficulties. Her public law cases have covered areas such as neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, female genital mutilation, factitious illness and children with life limiting conditions.

Many of her public law proceedings include an international dimension.  She also routinely advises local authorities on their duties to unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children.

Jennifer is often instructed in private family matters, some of which have included honour based violence and modern slavery. She has regular instructions in matters of international family law, including applications to remove children permanently from the jurisdiction, internal relocation, and child abduction proceedings in the High Court.

She also accepts instructions on Family Law Act matters.

Court of Protection

Jennifer practices in the Court of Protection.  She represents local authorities in cases relating to capacity, deprivation of liberty, and welfare (including residence and contact).  A member of the Court of Protection ad hoc rules committee, she is well-versed in the details of the Court’s rules and how they are being developed and has provided training on changes to the rules to local authorities and other solicitors.

She also advises local authorities on the question of ordinary residence for the purpose of assigning responsibility for the care of vulnerable adults and has published on this topic.


Jennifer is a family mediator (Resolution).


Talk about a Revolution: The Internet and Children Proceedings, Family Law Week 17.08.17
Archer v Titchener: What would a Family Court Decide?’ Family Law Week, 21.09.16
Duties of Local Authorities to Unaccompanied Migrant Children,’ Family Law Week, 01.09.16
Swings and Roundabouts’, NLJ 2015 13 Nov 2015
Reviewing Findings of Fact in Care Proceedings’, Family Law Week, 28.07.14
There’s No Place Like Home’, NLJ 11 Jul 2014
Children and Families Act 2014: A Guide for Public Children Lawyers’, Family Law Week, 17.04.14

Reported Cases 

  • Re T (Early permanence or kinship carers) [2017] EWFC B43
  • WSCC v H & Ors (Children) (Care proceedings: Brain Injury), Re [2015] EWHC 2439 (Fam) (led by Gemma Taylor)


Year of call 2011

  • Major Exhibition, Inner Temple
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple
  • Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University (1994-1999)


  • ALC
  • FLBA
  • Inner Temple
  • Resolution (Associate Member)
  • Family Mediator (Resolution)


  • BA/BMus (High Honors), Oberlin College & Conservatory, USA
  • PhD in Music, Harvard University USA
  • MA (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford
  • BVC (Very Competent), City Law School