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Poonam Bhari practices in all aspects of family law, with experience in public law proceedings, private law applications, international child law and financial remedy applications. Poonam undertakes Court of Protection cases.


Poonam appears in the Family Court and specialises in public law children cases where there are allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, death of a parent. Poonam undertakes cases with an international element including forced marriage and child abduction cases.

Poonam acts for parents, children’s guardians, the Official Solicitor and local authorities in public law children cases. Poonam has represented clients with mental health and learning difficulties and clients from minority ethnic groups.

During 2000-2005 Poonam undertook criminal and immigration law cases. She represented the Home Office and appellants in immigration hearings before the tribunal in relation to both asylum and human rights claims.

Poonam undertakes voluntary work. She has reviewed cases for the Bar Prop Bono Unit. Poonam was a Trustee of Legal Action Group (Charity) from 2004 to 2016 and Chair of the Board of Trustees for over 10 years.  Poonam has been an Executive Committee member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

Poonam was a former schoolteacher and special educational needs co-coordinator before retraining as a barrister.

Reported Cases

Immigration cases – unreported

  • Hassan v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [17.07.2001] HX/19029/2001
  • Begum v Entry Clearance Officer (Islamabad) [24.07.2001] TH/22144/01
  • Luma v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [31.10.2001] CC-14839-01
  • Chiejina v Entry Clearance Officer (Lagos) [03.10.2001] TH/30071/2001
  • Hamed v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [22.01.2002] UKIAT CC/34720/2002
  • Nawaz v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [21.05.2002] HX/60851/2000
  • Garrido v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [15.03.2002] HX/03103/2002
  • Shirazi v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [28.03.2002] HX/17673/2001
  • Sadeghi v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [11.09.2003] HX/37386/2002



Poonam can speak and take instructions in Punjab, Hindi and Urdu.


  • The General Council of the Bar (Elected Member 2006-2008; Member of GMC and various Bar Council committees)
  • Middle Temple
  • Midland Circuit
  • Family Law Association (West Midlands); FLBA committee member 2006-2008
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Legal Action Group (Charity) member 2004-2016; Chair of Board of Trustees 2006-2016
  • Association of Lawyers for Children executive committee member 2016-2018
  • British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
  • West London Law Society


  • Trained Mediator (CALM Mediation)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • B.Ed (Hons)
  • MA in Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Bar Vocational Course

Lawyer Rankings

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London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

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Poonam Bhari


Outstanding with clients and an excellent advocate.

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Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

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Poonam Bhari


A strong family law generalist.