Denise Gilling 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


Denise is a Family Law practitioner specialising in the law relating to children with a particular focus on complex public and private law children cases appearing in all levels of court including the High Court and Court of Appeal. She also specialises in adoption (including inter-country adoption), Wardship/inherent jurisdiction and Court of Protection matters.

Denise has extensive experience and is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, parents, guardians and separate representation of competent children. She regularly appears in complex cases involving fact-finding hearings. Denise has particular expertise in the following:

  • Sexual abuse including cases involving children who are alleged abusers;
  • Physical harm including Female genital mutilation;
  • Non-accidental injury including head injury cases;
  • Care proceedings involving concurrent criminal proceedings such as child cruelty, neglect and sex offences;
  • Cases with an International or cultural dimension a suspected trafficked children;
  • Serious emotional abuse and chronic neglect cases;
  • Fabricated induced illness

Denise regularly acts for teenage parents, when they are both the subject child and teenage parent respondent; parents with learning disabilities or mental health problems including through the Official Solicitor. She is instructed in cases which requires the cross examination of a child or vulnerable adult. Denise has also been instructed where there has been a death of a child.

Denise regularly acts in private law cases primarily acting for 16.4 guardians and the separate representation of competent children. She appears in complex private law matters which involve fact finding such as physical harm. She has acted in cases with international elements.

Denise acts or advises in cases involving international adoption and abductions cases.


Year of Call: 1992

Year of Silk: 2021


Association of Lawyers for Children – Committee member

Family Law Bar Association


LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

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

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Denise Gilling KC1GC | Family Law ‘Denise has amazing attention to detail to her submissions at trial and competent when working on matters with really complex medical evidence. She really grasps the evidence and applies it to the facts of the case so that her cross-examination is extremely on point and direct. She is an absolute star in the courtroom.’