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Trinity Chambers

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC

Work 0191 232 1927
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Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne

Justin Gray

Work 0191 232 1927
Trinity Chambers (Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC)



  • All areas of children law, including public law proceedings, adoption, private disputes including school  and relocation cases, financial claims for children, and  surrogacy, with particular experience and interest in the international movement of children;
  • Mental capacity, vulnerable adults, forced marriage, and other Court of Protection matters;
  • Judicial review in children matters, particularly relating to their support and protection from local authorities.


  • R (Anton) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department; Re Anton [2004] EWHC 2730/2731 (Admin/Fam) [2005] 2 FLR 818 High Court Queen’s Bench Division - decision of Munby J determining the interrelation of family proceedings with UK immigration controls
  • Re S; Newcastle City Council v Z [2005] EWHC 1490 (Fam) [2007] 1 FLR 861 High Court Family Division - whether a religious objection of a birth parent can act as a bar to an application to free her child for adoption
  • Re F (Interim Care Order) [2007] EWCA Civ 516 [2007] 2 FLR 891 Court of Appeal (led by Eleanor Hamilton QC) - proportionality of response in public law to the level of risk of harm
  • Re C (unreported) - proceedings concerning detrimental press coverage that a morbidly obese child was receiving from the world’s media, and subsequently care proceedings in respect of his weight and the continuing press intrusion
  • Re EB [2008] EWHC 1324 (Fam) High Court Family Division - acting on behalf of a foreign government seeking the return of a foundling abducted to the UK, and considering the relevance of the country of origin's concept of welfare to English family proceedings
  • Re T (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 1517 High Court Family Division and Court of Appeal -  whether a father should be made aware of the birth of his child born to his wife, the mother seeking adoption
  • NCC v Z, Y, X (By her Children’s Guardian) and the Government of the Republic of Kenya [2009] EWHC 498 (Fam) [2009] 2 FLR 696 High Court Family Division - disclosure of public law documents to a foreign entity
  • Re J (Children) (Care proceedings: threshold criteria) [2013] UKSC 9 Supreme Court (led by Stephen Cobb QC) – appeal from the Court of Appeal in relation to the interpretation of the threshold criteria provisions in Children Act 1989 section 31
  • Re S (A Child) [2014] EWHC 4643 (Fam) Family Division - wardship proceedings to secure return of a child abducted to a European country in view of the reluctance of the destination country to invoke Hague Convention procedures
  • R (C) v Northumberland County Council & The Information Commissioner [2015] EWHC (Admin) 2134 Administrative Court (led by Karen Steyn QC) - resisting judicial review of local authority policy as to retention of child protection records
  • Re T (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 842 Court of Appeal - successful appeal of findings of sexual abuse based on flawed medical evidence
  • Re A, B, C, E & F [2017] EWHC 35 (Fam) (led by Nick Stonor QC) - decision of the President as to the effect of the residual parental responsibility remaining with natural parents following a Scottish permanence order, where the child is to be adopted in England


Called 1993; Inner Temple. Publications include: ‘Your Home and the Law’ Ebury Press 1994.


Conversational French.


Family Law Bar Association; chairman of the North East FLBA 2014-2016.


University College London (BA).

Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Family and children law

Within: Family and children law – Leading juniors

Justin Gray - Trinity ChambersHighly recommended for children law cases with international elements.

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