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Chambers of Alex Verdan QC
4 Paper Buildings
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Children – public and private law.


Highly specialist practice in public law work involving deaths, catastrophic head injuries, non-accidental injuries, including rickets cases, and fabricated and induced illness (‘FII’). 70% High Court work acting for all parties. Leading Junior in High Court and Court of Appeal on such cases. Complex sexual abuse and inter-sibling abuse. Adoption and Special Guardianship. Local authority duties towards children including Judicial Review. Media injunctions including where there are concurrent criminal proceedings. All private law disputes including relocation cases and parental alienation, particularly complex and acrimonious maters those involving allegations of sexual abuse or domestic violence where fact finding is required and/or experts need to be cross examined. Reported cases: A Local Authority v DB & Others [2013] [2013] EWHC 4066 (Fam) 06/12/2013; Hertfordshire County Council v H [2013] [2013] EWHC 4049 (Fam) 05/07/2013; REA (CHILDREN) (2012) [2012] EWCA Civ 1278; A London Borough v A [2012] EWHC 2203 (Fam); A London Borough v 0 and Others [2011] EWHC 2754 (Fam); A LOCAL AUTHORITYv S [2009] EWHC 2115 (Fam) [2010] 1 FLR 1560; Re B (CHILDREN) [2008] UKHL 35.


Called 1990; QC 2015; Inner Temple. Barrister in independent practice from 1990 to date; 2 Pump Court 1990-1994; Garden Court Chambers 1994-2010; 4 Paper Buildings 2010 to present. Family Recorder; Early Neutral Evaluator; Assistant Coroner Mid Kent and Medway; Assistant Coroner Hertfordshire; Direct Public Access. Speaker at: Butterworths Private Law Children Conference on Domestic Violence in Children cases January 2011; Butterworths Medical Evidence Conference 15th June 2011, Non-accidental Head Injuries; Lexis Nexis Public Law Up-date 26th June 2012. Articles: Re SB: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Family Law April2010 Vol 40 (p404-406).




LLB (Hons).


Two young sons, walking, gardening, theatre and anything beach related.

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Alison Grief QC

4 Paper Buildings

Is exceptionally thorough, intelligent, great eye for detail and has an incredible grasp of complex medical issues.