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Family - Children

Gemma Bowes

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Barrister

(Year of Call 2009)

Joined Chambers: 2015

Qualifications:

London School of Economics: LLB
Oxford University: MSc
Durham University: BA

Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholar

Background:

Gemma relocated to Birmingham from a specialist family set. She now specialises exclusively in children law.

She has written for the Practical Law Company on the PLO and on care and supervision orders.

She has spoken at training conferences and seminars for solicitors and magistrates.

She was a member of the Local Family Justice Board meeting in Oxford.

Public law:

Gemma represents local authorities, children, parents, and extended family members at all stages of care proceedings and appeals. She has represented parents and children in final hearings that have lasted several weeks. She has also represented foster carers.

She has been instructed by the Official Solicitor and has experience of parents who face difficulties in providing instructions, as well as children able to participate directly in proceedings.

She has dealt with applications for leave to oppose adoption, post-adoption/placement contact, and contact with children in care.

She has experience of proceedings involving:

• Non accidental injuries (bruising, fractures, head injury)
• Child death
• Fabricated/induced illness
• Substance misuse
• Psychiatric illness
• Sexual abuse
• Threats of honour killing and risk of forced marriage
• Children who have been brought into the country illegally
• Overseas assessment and placement
• Designation arguments
• Children giving evidence

She has also advised on human rights claims arising during the course of proceedings.

Private law:

Gemma represents parents (and non-birth parents), children, 16.4 guardians, and extended family members on the full range of private child law applications, which have included:

• Issues of name, religion, parental responsibility, schooling, and consent to medical treatment
• Implacable hostility/alienation, including a mother sentenced to prison for perjury during the course of proceedings
• Psychiatric and psychological illness
• Sexual abuse and domestic violence including threats to kill children and attempted murder of the other parent
• Relocation and temporary removal of children overseas
• Committal for breach of contact orders
• Costs

Memberships:

Family Law Bar Association

Association of Lawyers for Children

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