Marlene Cayoun > Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nkumbe Ekaney KC and Andrew Norton KC
1GC | Family Law


Marlene has a unique dual specialism in children law and large-scale public and private inquiries. She is an award winning, sought-after junior barrister who regularly appears in law-making cases.  

In her children private law work Marlene acts for parents and children in a wide range of 8 Children Act 1989 applications, including those which feature serious allegations, non-compliance and enforcement, require a rule 16.4 guardian, involvpermission to remove children from England and Wales, and where special guardianship orders are sought. Marlene has significant experience in international cases where child abduction, jurisdictional complicationscross-border adoption and surrogacy arise (including in the application of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008). Marlene also regularly acts for parents and children involved in Hague Convention applications.  

In her children public law work Marlene represents parents, children and Local Authorities in Children Act 1989 Part IV and V applications, including those with serious allegations of abuse, neglect, fictitious or induced injury, and child sexual abuse and exploitation. She regularly represents parties involved in adoption applications and challenges.  

Marlene is in demand as a junior in large-scale public and private inquiries. She is currently instructed in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Infected Blood Inquiry. She recently assisted Charles Geekie QC on Chelsea Football Club’s 2019 Review of Non-Recent Child Sexual Abuse.  


Year of Call: 2012


Association of Lawyers for Children
Family Law Bar Association
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


BA (Hons) History, University of Oxford
MA, King’s College London
Dip. Law, City University
BPTC, City University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Marlene Cayoun1GC | Family LawAn extremely competent and diligent barrister. She has an ability to get through a huge amount of detail and distil it down to the key issues – a skill that shows her good judgement.