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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings

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Barrister 4 Paper Buildings, Professor of Law Gresham, London


Children Act proceedings (public and private). Public law: Specialises in contentious and complex family cases at High Court level and above including the death of/ catastrophic injuries to a child (TRIAD, NAHI, Shake); sex abuse (including rape, buggery, genital mutilation); ritualised abuse, ISIS ( radicalism), disability issues ( see R [2012] 2 FLR 745.), benign medical causes mimicking abuse (ALTE, EDS, Vitamin D/Rickets: see Al Alas v Wray ( [2012] 2 FLR 1239), the use of experts in Re McC [2012] 2 FLR 121).Private Law: High net worth private law proceedings involving alcoholism, sexual and emotional abuse. Professorship: Jo’s lectures for Gresham are publicly avaiable  2016/7 series ‘When World’s Collide: The Family and The Law’ : see . Awards: Co-Winner LALY Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award 2016′ and Modern Law Award 2016 for her work acting for 76 bereaved families in the Hillsborough Inquests. Directories  Chambers and Partners‘Top ranked Silk’ ( Band 1) ‘she is exceptional in every way and has attention to detail beyond any other silk right now'(2017) Legal 500 Top Tier Silkshe is an absolute force of nature and a star in court.Other:Alongside her silk practice, Professorship and sitting ( Recorder: Family ) Jo regularly deliver lectures for Jordans, Butterworths, Lexis Nexis; and specialist child protection/ health bodies. Door Tenancies: Jo Delahunty QC is also a door tenant at Parklane Plowden Leeds and Senate House, Northamptonshire.


Called 1986, took Silk 2006. Recorder SE (specialist family) 2010; mediator 2010;  Bencher Middle Temple 2011; Professor Law Gresham 2016- ,sits on The Temple Womens Forum (steering office) 2010 to date and Centre for Child and Family Law Reform Cttee (CCFLR) 2012 to date.




Copthall Comprehensive; St Anne’s College, Oxford University (1985 MA (Jurisprudence), Oxon).

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Jo Delahunty QC

4 Paper Buildings

Is extremely well respected by judges and is a real force to be reckoned with.

A ‘first-rate set of chambers‘, 4 Paper Buildings is ‘without question, the go-to set for children matters’, according to clients. The set has ‘great strength in depth, a very good range of barristers at different levels of call, from hugely experienced QCs to extremely talented juniors, meaning it will always have a barrister who fits each client’s needs’. Alex Verdan QC, Sam King QC, Andrew Powell, Cleo Perry, and Michael Edwards  have been acting in the Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse, the large public inquiry set to have huge implications on the way institutions deal with allegations of abuse. The set has many ‘excellent‘ barristers including Prof Jo Delahunty QC who ‘dominates every case she is in‘ and Teertha Gupta QC who is ‘a smooth, engaging, and highly persuasive advocate with a strong following‘. Charles Hale QC is ‘outstanding‘ and ‘judges really listen to Henry Setright QC because he invariably knows more on the subject than they do‘.