Charles Geekie 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


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.

Notable cases:

Re Al M The Court of Appeal Fact-Finding Judgment [2021] EWCA Civ 1216 (5 August 2021)

Re Al M The Court of Appeal Fact-Finding (permission to appeal) Judgment [2021] EWCA Civ 900 (15 June 2021)

Re Al M The Lives With Judgment [2021] EWHC 1577 (Fam)(10 June 2021)

Re Al M The Fact-Finding Judgment [2021] EWHC 1162 (Fam) (5 May 2021)

Re Al M The Case Management Judgment of the President [2021] EWHC 915 (Fam) (12 March 2021)

Re Al M The Court of Appeal Foreign Act of State Judgment [2021] EWCA Civ 129 (8 February 2021)

Re Al M The Non-Molestation Judgment [2021] EWHC 3305 (Fam) (9 December 2020)

Re Al M The Foreign Act of State Judgment [2020] EWHC 2883 (Fam) (29 October 2020)

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


Year of Call: 1985, Inner Temple
Year of Silk: 2006
Family Recorder: 2006
Joint Head of Chambers: 2013-2020
Deputy High Court Judge: 2016 – 2022

Contributor to Family Law.
Specialist contributor to Rayden and Jackson on divorce and family matters.
Contributor to Halsbury’s Laws (children).
Drafted training protocol for expert witnesses; run, jointly with senior consultant psychiatrists, training sessions for expert witnesses; drafted FLBA response to Government consultation on Expert Witnesses.
Review of Non-recent Child Sexual Abuse at Chelsea Football Club (2019)


Member of FLBA
Association of Lawyers for Children


LLB, Bristol University

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Geekie KC1GC | Family Law ‘Charles is an excellent advocate, with a fine eye for detail, measured in his advice. He is a fantastic all rounder leader.’

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.