Deirdre Fottrell 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


Deirdre Fottrell specialises in the law relating to children. She is also a leading practitioner in the field of surrogacy and assisted reproduction cases in which issues of legal parentage arise.

She has appeared at all levels of court in the UK including the Supreme Court and she has litigated cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Deirdre has particular expertise as appellate counsel and in 2017-18 she has appeared in the Court of Appeal on 10 occasions.  

She has broad experience in public law cases in which allegations of sexual abuse, radicalisation or fatal injury arise.  In private law she acts in residence, contact and relocation disputes. 


Called 2001, Silk 2015.
Deirdre was a university lecturer before coming to the bar. She has taught and published in the area of children’s rights, European human rights and international law since 1995.  She has taught at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and the University of Essex.  From 2002-2012 she was a visiting professor at the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York. She has acted as a Council of Europe expert on the ECHR and in an advisory capacity to UNIFEM.


Association of Lawyers for Children

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Deirdre Fottrell KC1GC | Family Law ‘Deidre is an intelligent, considered lawyer whose emotional intelligence and understanding of psychological drivers for her clients and opponents puts her into a league of her own. She is a strategic and analytical lawyer, who possesses an unparalleled understanding of the human mind, its strengths and frailties. She is a true team player.’