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Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC
1GC | Family Law
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Janet practices at the highest level in both children and financial cases. She practices across a broad spectrum, with private law children cases including internal and external relocation and other international issues, as well as disputes over arrangements for children. In the public law children field, Janet’s cases involve complex medical/mental health issues or issues which are part of the reserved jurisdiction of the High Court. Finance work includes international cases, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and nuptial agreements. Recent reported cases include: Re JA (Medical Treatment: Child diagnosed with HIV) [2014] EWHC 1135 (Fam); Q v Q [2014] EWFC 31; Q (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 918; City & Council of Swansea v XZ, YZ, The Children and the Press, Media and others [2014] EWHC 212 (Fam) 212; Re H-L [2013] EWCA Civ 655; Re T (Children) [2012]UKSC 36; Re X (A Child: Evidence) [2012] 2 FLR 456; A County Council v Mother, Father and the Children [2011] EWHC 1804 (Fam); LA v X and others[2011] EWHC 517 (Fam); Redbridge LBC v B and C and A (through his Children’s Guardian) [2011] EWHC 517 (Fam).


Called 1980, Lincoln’s Inn. QC 2006. Recorder (family, civil, crim): 2000. Publications of note: joint author of the book ‘Money Laundering for Lawyers,’ published by Butterworths (Lexis Nexis), contributor to ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England, lead author and editor of the 1 Garden Court Handbook ‘Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989’ (Jordans), Contributor to Family Law and to ‘Cases that Shook the World’ (Lexis Nexis).


French, German, modern Greek.


FLBA committee, member of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council, member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.


University of London (LLB Hons).

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Janet Bazley QC

1GC | Family Law

Her reputation precedes her; she is one of the key senior counsel who own this area of the law.

1GC | Family Law has ‘set a new gold-standard at the family Bar by investing in its premises and ICT, moving to open plan working, and recruiting a new generation of top-class talent’, according to one client. The set ‘is always willing to help and its barristers are very ‘hands-on’ offering support throughout’, offered another. With ‘many excellent QCs and advocates of a high standard throughout‘, chambers has strength in public law children work as well as private law children matters and expertise in international work, too. Such work includes advising on relocation, abduction, adoption and surrogacy. Of particular note, Janet Bazley QC is described as a ‘true pro, as comfortable cross-examining in the High Court as arguing points of law in the Court of Appeal‘, while Charles Geekie QC is a ‘fantastic children’s silk-warm, immensely likeable, and so very skilled‘.