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Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC
1GC | Family Law
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Charles’ practice centres on legal issues concerning children. He acts in both public and private law and international cases. He has great experience in dealing with complex residence cases and those involving relocation. In the public law field he represents local authorities, parents and guardians. He has particular experience in complex care cases involving fatalities, serious injuries and sexual and emotional abuse. Charles has a special interest in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence and cases involving a conflict of medical evidence.


Called 1985, Inner Temple; QC 2006. Notable cases include: R (R, E, J and K by their Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) v Cafcass [2011] EWHC 1774 (Admin) [2011] 2 FLR 1206; Re C (Direct Contact: Suspension) [2011) EWCA Civ 521 [2011] 2 FLR 912; lW v A City Council [2011] 1 FLR 1597; Re W (Chlldren) (Abuse: Oral Evidence) [2010] EWCA Civ 57; Re W (Chlldren) (Abuse: Oral Evidence) [2010] UKSC 12, [2010] 1 FLR 1485; Re M-W (Care Proceedlngs) (Expert Evidence) [2010] EWCA Civ 12, [2010] 2 FLR 46; Re MA (Care Threshold) [2009] EWCA Civ 853, [2010] 1 FLR 431; A Local Authority v 5 [2009] EWHC 2115 (Fam), [2010] 1 FLR 1560. Charles is an occasional contributor to ‘Family Law’, a contributor to ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England’ (Children) and a specialist contributor to ‘Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters’ (18th edition).


LLB Bristol University.


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Charles Geekie QC

1GC | Family Law

Operating at the forefront of private and public law children matters; his written work and advocacy are exceptional and his cross-examination is a joy to behold.

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‘.