Rehana Begum > Chambers of Richard Chapman KC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Chapman KC
18 St John Street Chambers
M3 4EA

Work Department

Public and private law family proceedings, mental health, social services.


Public Law (Children)  – Representation of Local Authorities, Parents, and Children in cases involving complex issues of fact and law in the following areas:

  • Fractures
  • Head Injuries
  • Sexual Abuse (including between children)
  • Factitious Induced Illness
  • Death of children
  • Linked care and criminal proceedings
  • One spouse accused of killing the other
  • Chronic neglect
  • Secure Accomodation
  • Discharge of Care Orders
  • Adoption
  • Wardship
  • Deprivations of Liberty involving children
  • Cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues and the application and interpretation of Brussels II.


Private Law (Children) – Represent parents in applications for:

  • Child Arrangements Orders (residence and contact)
  • Finding of fact hearings involving serious allegations of domestic violence
  • Temporary and Permanent removal from the jurisdiction (Hague Convention and Non Hague Convention countries).
  • Same Sex Parentage disputes arising from Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.


Court of Protection – Representation of local authorities, parents and children in welfare disputes (contact, residence, medical treatment) relating to 16 to 18 year olds who lack mental capacity and who straddle both the Children Act and Court of Protection jurisdictions.

FMPO – Representation of local authorities and children and adults seeking the protection of an order as well as those against whom allegations of forced marriage have been made. Particular interest in cases involving allegations of honour based violence.

General – Rehana has amassed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in her 23 years of practice as a Solicitor and Barrister which she is regularly called upon to share in the form of seminars for solicitors, social workers and members of the judiciary.  Rehana has particular expertise in acting for Local Authorities and the insight gained as a former local authority solicitor has proved advantageous when acting for and against Local Authorities whenever scrutiny of Local Authority decision making processes is required; including in the context of Human Rights Act (Article 6 & Article 8) violations.


Called 2004; Lincoln’s Inn.


Family Law Bar Association.


Buttershaw Upper School, Bradford; University of Leeds; School of Law: Leeds. Qualifications: BA (Hons) First Class – physical education and public media, barrister at law, former Solicitor.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 2

Rehana Begum – 18 St John Street Chambers ‘Rehana is the most personable of barristers, yet steely in her approach. She is incredibly hard working and has the ability to explain very complex aspects of evidence and developing law in a straightforward way. The quality and complexity of the work that she does reflects the confidence that solicitors have in her abilities.’

18 St John Street Chambers is praised for having ‘a superb family department’ that handles cases involving serious sexual abuse, life threatening and fatal injuries, deprivation of liberty, factitious illness and parental alienation. Rehana Begum leads the family department and specialises in public law care proceedings, including complex cases involving serious life threatening injuries, sexual abuse, forced marriage and deprivation of liberty. Yvonne Healing  has an all-encompassing family law practice, with a particular focus on children law and care proceedings, and Fiona Holloran also has a wide reaching practice, covering private and public law applications, representing children, parents and local authorities. Holloran is active in cases involving historical sexual abuse, multiple injuries, fabricated and induced illness, and cases with an international element, including abductions. The set is also home to Stephen Murray, who specialises in matrimonial finance, and Danish Ameen , who has expertise in handling cases with assets overseas.