Appointments2000 Recorder (Family, Crime and Civil)
Degrees and other qualificationsLL.B (Hons) (Lond)
Committee Member of the FLBA
Member of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council
Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children
Janet has expertise across a broad spectrum of family law. Her practice encompasses private and public law children work, as well as family finance work (including cohabitation matters and pre-nuptial agreements) and cases proceeding in the Court of Protection. Children work includes internal and external relocation applications and Janet also advises in relation to financial disputes proceeding in other common law jurisdictions. She occasionally conducts financial mediations in Jersey. Janet is a dedicated advocate, who has achieved particular recognition for her cross-examination skills and for cases involving complex medical issues. Janet is recognised as a Leading Silk by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. Under the leadership of Janet and her co-head of Chambers, 1 Garden Court recently won the accolade of Family Law Set of the Year. Janet is also a case reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Selection of Reported Cases
Re T (Children)  UKSC 36
Re X (A Child: Evidence)  2 FLR 456
A County Council v Mother, Father and the Children  EWHC 1804 (Fam)
LA v X and others  EWHC 517 (Fam)
Redbridge LBC v B and C and A (through his Children's Guardian)  EWHC 517 (Fam)
Re T (Costs: Care proceedings: serious allegations not proved)  EWCA Civ 1585
A London Borough Council v K & others  EWHC 850 (Fam)
Re K (Sexual Abuse: evidence)  EWCA Civ 1307; 1 FKR 921
Re BM (Care Orders)  EWCA Civ 205;  2 FLR 20
Hertfordshire County Council v M. and Ors  EWHC 2660 (Fam)
A Local Authority -v- S, W and T (by his Guardian)  2 FLR 129
Re M (Sexual abuse allegations: interviewing techniques)  2 FLR 92
L -v- L (School fees: Maintenance: Enforcement)  1 FLR 252
Re S (Jurisdiction to stay application)  1 FLR 1093
Re J (A Minor:Contact)  1 FLR 729
Re S (Minors) (Abduction)  1 FLR 297
D v D (Recognition of Foreign Divorce)  1 FLR 38
Editor and lead author of the 1 Garden Court Handbook "Applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 (Jordans, September 2010).
Joint author of the book Money Laundering for Lawyers, published by Butterworths (Lexis Nexis)
Contributor to Halsbury's Laws of England and occasional contributor to Family Law.
Contributor to Cases That Shook the World, Lexis Nexis - co-author of chapters on White v White and Gillick.
Janet regularly writes responses on behalf of the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee or the FLBA to Government and Law Commission consultations on Family Law matters.
Seminars and lectures
Janet is regularly invited to speak on Family Law matters at conferences and seminar run by external providers and also lectures at Chambers continuing education seminars.
Personal, including interestsJanet is an inveterate traveller who enjoys exploring new and more familiar places and cultures. She has a good grasp of French, German and Italian and is fairly fluent in Modern Greek. Janet has a love of music and enjoys concerts, opera and playing the piano. Not a great lover of exercise, Janet nevertheless enjoys hill walking and swimming in a warm sea. Janet is married with 3 children.
Leading Silk 2013: noted for her excellence in children cases, especially those involving complex medical or mental health issues and international relocation. One instructing solicitor praised her advocacy, commenting that "there were times when I just sat back in awe – she manages to say her bit in such a firm, eloquent way." (Chambers & Partners)
Leading Silk 2012: "One of the strongest, most competent and user-friendly children law QCs." (Legal 500 2012)
Leading Silk 2012: "A 'masterful advocate' who is extremely hard-working and very good with clients, she is instructed in both children and finance work, and is particularly skilled in matters involving complex medical issues." (Chambers & Partners).
Leading Silk 2011: "A fearsome cross-examiner, who has the ability to turn a case around." (Chambers & Partners).