Roger Birch > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
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Roger Birch specialises in Family and International Family Law, Chancery and Commercial, Clinical Negligence and Medical law. Roger Birch has been described as “very client friendly”. He puts the client at ease and he has the ability to explain complex matters in clear and understandable terms.


Roger Birch has a multi-disciplinary practice which combines chancery and commercial, family law and clinical negligence. He is able to draw upon his knowledge from his varied practice to provide comprehensive solutions to those cases which cross the boundaries, such as surrogacy and fertility, complex financial remedies and mental and physical abuse.

Roger has extensive advocacy and advisory experience and regularly provides lectures and seminars in his areas of expertise.

As head of the Chancery and Commercial Law Team, he has considerable experience in contract and negligence cases. This is a broad practice with an emphasis on professional negligence and company director’s disqualification.

Roger practises in all areas of Family Law. He appears in Wardship cases involving the abduction and attempted abduction of children and understands the importance of prompt and thorough action to put the necessary steps in place to prevent the removal of a child.  Roger appears in the Court of Protection. He has been instructed in matters involving properties in Spain, Italy, Iran and Cyprus together with contentious Probate and Inheritance Act cases.

Roger has appeared in numerous divorce proceedings in the UK which involve representing clients from Asia, the Middle East and the European Union. He has experience of enforcing Financial and Child Arrangement Orders in foreign jurisdictions.  He also accepts instructions from the British Virgin Islands, South Africa and the United States of America.

Roger has prosecuted and led in high profile and serious criminal cases on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health, and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. His experience in such matters means he is equipped to robustly cross-examine witnesses at court.

The New Law Journal has published the following articles written by Roger:

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 – Claims by Adult Children

Company Directors Disqualification – Legal Aid and Human Rights

Medicines Act – when can a so called Legal High be defined as a medicine

Roger regularly provides lectures to lawyers, administrators and foreign regulators. Subjects have included money laundering, the Medicines Act, Planning and Company Directors Disqualification.

As a delegate at The Family Law Conference in Cape Town, Roger developed his interest in surrogacy in Europe and South Africa; the Hague Convention; and the criminalization of Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. He also attended a conference in Chicago in 2015 run by the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys on surrogacy, adoption and infertility.

He has been asked to speak in 2016 at the International Family Law Conference organized by the University of the Western Cape on the ‘Voice of the Child’.

Direct Access:

Roger regularly accepts instructions on advice and representation from members of the public on a direct access basis.


Roger is able to accept instructions which involves litigation and is authorized to file and accept proceedings on behalf of clients without the need of a solicitor


Roger was called to the Bar in 1979.

Level 4 Advocate Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Unified Prosecution List.
Level 4 Advocate on the CPS Specialist Fraud Group Panel.


Chancery Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
South Eastern Circuit