Janet Bazley KC > 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


Janet practices at the highest level in both children and financial cases and maintains a broad family law practice, often acting in cases, which change or clarify the law or procedure. She is noted for her mastery of her papers, her clear strategic thinking and her exceptional client care. 

Janet’s work in the private law children field includes a wide variety of disputes about the welfare of children, involving internal and international relocation, specific issues regarding schooling and issues which arise where parents are unable to agree about their child receiving medical treatment. Other cases involve private adoption and issues concerning modern families, including surrogacy.  

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. Many of her cases involve the death of young children, where the issue is how the child died and whether the death was from a natural or organic cause or resulted from non-accidental injury. Janet is also instructed in ‘end of life’ and other medical treatment cases. 

Janet also undertakes the full range of finance work including international cases, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and nuptial agreements.  In 2021 she ventured into the Chancery Division and was successful in an application to transfer proceedings there to the Family Division of the High Court. 

Janet is an IFLA accredited arbitrator with considerable experience of undertaking arbitrations in both children and financial cases and she also assists in the devising and delivering of training for family law arbitrators under the IFLA scheme.  

Janet is a trained and experienced family mediator who also undertakes other forms of dispute resolution, including private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluation. 

Janet sits part-time as a Judge, in both civil and family cases. 


Year of Call: 1980, Lincoln’s Inn
Year of Silk: 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
Member of the Court of Protection Bar Association
Member of Resolution


University of London (LLB Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Children law (including public and private law)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Janet Bazley KC1GC | Family Law ‘Janet is simply an excellent lawyer. She is pragmatic and gives sensible advice to clients. She is also good at managing difficult or unreasonable clients.’

1GC | Family Law is a set with ‘great strength and consistency of counsel at both senior and junior levels’. Janet Bazley KC is a ‘formidable advocate with impeccable knowledge of the law’ and has extensive expertise in cases involving medical issues. Charles Geekie KC is an ‘excellent advocate’ whose career in silk has covered every aspect of children law and has been in leading cases and reported authorities in public and private law cases. Joint head of chambers Andrew Norton KC is ‘an exceptional leader’ with extensive experience in high-conflict cases. Melissa Elsworth , Lucy Maxwell , and Anna Lavelle are some of the rising stars from the set, while Laura Briggs KC was appointed silk in 2022.