Judi Evans > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, United Kingdom: England and Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers
United Kingdom: England and Wales

Work Department



Barrister specialising in planning, local government, environment and licensing law, as well as family law. Described in ‘The Legal 500’ as ‘noted for her tough advocacy’. Local government, planning environment and licensing: advising on and/or attending public inquiries in relation to residential, commercial, agricultural and leisure developments; South Gloucestershire Council waste and mineral local plan; West Wiltshire D C Local Plan – housing, employment and recreational issues; Exeter City Council Local Plan Inquiry – employment, housing and landscape; Gloucestershire Waste Local Plan; advising/attending inquiries in relation to listed buildings and conservation areas; telecommunication mast appeals; rights of way inquiries; enforcement notice appeals; Magistrates and Crown Court trials in relation to: planning and environmental issues, including successful tree preservation order prosecution. Family: particular interest in care work and has wide experience of lengthy cases including non-accidental injury allegations, and sexual abuse involving parents with psychiatric and psychological problems. Appears in all tiers of courts and receives instructions to act for parents, guardians, local authorities, the Official Solicitor and CAFCASS; regularly undertakes cases relating to injunctive relief and has particular experience in complex and serious committal work. Has been a regular speaker at seminars over the years.


Called 1996.




LLB (Hons); University of Cambridge (MPhil Planning and Environmental Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private))Ranked: Tier 1

Judi EvansSt John’s ChambersShe is a champion of child law.’

St John’s Chambers is a ‘very strong family set‘, housing a team which ‘covers all aspects of family law‘. Christopher Sharp KC ‘is always first-rate‘, with an established track record in acting for guardians, local authorities and parents in serious cases of alleged child abuse, and complex financial remedy claims involving foreign pensions and assets. Judi Evans is ‘determined and unflappable‘, and is sought after for her expertise in cases involving child abduction and international relocation of children. The ‘tenaciousLucy Reed KC recently represented a journalist before the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the publication of a fact-finding judgment and subsequent identification of the parents. Zoe Saunders heads up the family finance group, and is regularly instructed in cases involving cohabitation disputes.