Adreeja Chatterjee > Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Adrian Keeling KC and Jonathan Jones KC
No5 Barristers' Chambers
B4 6DR

Work Department


Court of Protection


Family Law: Specialist with over 20 years experience.

Areas: care – serious cases of sexual abuse, child death, physical abuse/non-accidental injury and cross-border/international issues; private law children including intractable disputes and representing children, relocation applications and child abduction; wardship and inherent jurisdiction including deprivation of liberty of children/young persons.

Particular expertise in forced and incapacitous marriages and female genital mutilation

Court of Protection: Head of No 5 COP Group.

Areas:  health and welfare, deprivation of liberty, forced marriages and property and affairs – regularly instructed by Official Solicitor, Public Guardian, individuals and local authorities


Direct access registered; registered pupil supervisor; advocacy trainer for Midlands Circuit.

Guest speaker at Association of Women Judges Annual Conference, November 2018

Author of “A Practical Guide to the Law of Forced and Incapacitous Marriages” published 2019

Notable/reported cases:

B v L [2016] EWFC 67 (20 October 2016)
– Divorce proceedings in which the husband, a devout Muslim, claimed that as he was married pursuant to Sharia law, that is a religious contract, and therefore only Pakistan had the jurisdiction to hear the divorce.

Re A (Adoption: Placement outside Jurisdiction) 2004 EWCA Civ 515, 2004 2 FLR 447
–    the unlawful placement of children abroad for adoption

James-v-Thomas EWCA Civ 1212, 2008 1 FLR 1598 (appearing at first instance)
– a TLATA property dispute between an unmarried couple

Re XCC –v- AA, BB, CC, DD [2012] EWHC 2183 (COP), [2013] 2 FCR 401 (appearing at the fact-finding hearing)
–    forced marriage protection orders and the capacity of a learning disabled adult to consent to marriage




Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge 1996: BA Hons Law II:1

Appointed Deputy District Judge 2019

Appointed Recorder (Family, Midlands) 2022




Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1996 BA Hons Law, 2:1), Dr Cooper Scholarship 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Adreeja ChatterjeeNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adreeja is a leading barrister in the area of health and welfare. She has extensive experience and is able to quickly deal with complex matters before senior high court judges in a manner, which is said in the simplest terms, with an enormous effect. She is clever, articulate and is able to command presence in a room without having to say a significant amount.’ 

No5 Barristers’ Chambers includes a range of work in this space, including cases for the Official Solicitor. Adreeja Chatterjee is notable for her expertise in cases crossing over between family law and mental capacity law.

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 1

Adreeja ChatterjeeNo5 Barristers’ Chambers ‘Adreeja is a strong tenacious advocate with excellent attention to detail. She has good communication and client care skills.’