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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
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Barrister specialising in adoption; care proceedings; medical treatment (children and patients); and wardship/inherent jurisdiction. Practising in the field of family law since called in 1990. Experience lies in all areas of child law. Instructed in complex private law and care proceedings on a regular basis, representing all parties. Often instructed in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries. Also instructed in cases involving vulnerable adults. Has an interest in the law relating to surrogacy and reproductive technologies and co-parenting arrangements.


Called 1990; Middle Temple.




Cambridge University (BA); Selwyn College, Cambridge University (MA law).

Lawyer Rankings

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

Within: 2018 Silks -

Sam King QC

4 Paper Buildings

Can diffuse difficult situations well, she can make tricky points seem straightforward to lay clients and judges alike.

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‘.