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Harcourt Chambers

Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC

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London, Oxford
Harcourt Chambers (Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC), Frances Judd QC, London, ENGLAND

Frances Judd QC

Work 0844 561 7135
Harcourt Chambers (Chambers of Nick Goodwin QC)


Also Oxford (0844 561 7135). Has specialised in family law for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in public and private law children’s cases, being regularly briefed by local authorities, parents and guardians. In the public law field she has a particular interest in the following areas: cases which involve complex medical evidence (allegations of physical abuse, shaken baby syndrome, factitious illness, fractures); allegations of sexual abuse; children’s evidence; child trafficking; and all aspects of the law of adoption, having appeared in three leading cases in the Court of Appeal. She also appears regularly in private law children’s cases, especially involving international child abduction, international and internal relocation, child arrangement orders, intractable contact disputes, and where there are allegations of abuse or ill treatment. She is Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA).
Recent reported cases: 
• Re A (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1718
• Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam)
• Re W (A Child)(Secure Accommodation Order) [2016] EWCA Civ 804
• Re S (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 1090Re A and B (Findings against social worker) [2016] EWFC 68
• Re L and M (Children) [2015] EWHC 3969 (Fam)
• Re S (A Child)(Care Proceedings:Surrogacy) [2015] EWFC 99
• Re A-C (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1321 (Appeal against fact-finding decision)
• In the matter of L-R (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1129  (Contempt of court in public law proceedings)
• Re E (A Child) [2013] EWHC 2413  (Application for leave to withdraw care proceedings after lengthy fact finding hearing, and consideration given to circumstances of emergency removal)
• Re L (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ  489   (Interim Care Order: Removal) 
• In the matter of L & B (Children) [2013] UKSC 9  (Circumstances in which a judge who has announced her decision can change her mind).


Called 1984, Middle Temple; Recorder on the Midland Circuit in 2003; QC 2006. Publications of note: ‘Contact: The New Deal’ (Jordans 2006); ‘The Public Law Outline’ (Jordans 2008).


Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), MCIArb (Children Law, Institute of Family Law Arbitrators).


Kings School, Canterbury; New Hall, Cambridge (1982 BA Hons History); Diploma in Law (1983); Council of Legal Education (1984 Bar Finals).


Cycling, walking, swimming outdoors.

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