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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
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Specialist practice areas include adoption; care proceedings; Children Act proceedings; medical treatment (children and patients); publicity, media and children; wardship/inherent jurisdiction; public inquiries. Specialises in complex and serious children cases, in particular those involving child fatalities and significant injuries and serious abuse with disputed medical evidence and often with linked criminal proceedings; allegations of sexual abuse, including false allegations; factitious illness; intractable contact disputes; leave to remove from the jurisdiction. Also has extensive experience in inquires, both public and Part 8, for example representing one of the local authorities in the Climbie Inquiry, being counsel to the Isle of Man Commission of Inquiry into the care of young people and currently advising a number of local authorities in Part 8s. Regularly advises local authorities on policy issues, and also advises the media in relation to various aspects of family law. In practice over 25 years; over that time has built up extensive experience in all types of children cases. Regularly lectures at family law conferences and seminars, and provides training for judges, solicitors psychiatrists and social workers. Qualified collaborative lawyer, family mediator and early neutral evaluator. Writes for various publications including ‘Family Law Week’, ‘Solicitors Journal’ and ‘New Law Journal’.


Called 1987; Silk 2006; Recorder 2004; Deputy High Court Judge 2009; mediator 2011.




Family Law Bar Association committee 2003-05, 2008-10; Association of Lawyers for Children; Bar Standards Board conduct committee since 2004-09. Trustee Children and Families Across Borders; 2008-2012, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Central London Collaborating Forum.


BA Hons; Diploma in Law.

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Alex Verdan QC

4 Paper Buildings

Deserves all the plaudits that he gets.

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‘.