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Family: Children - London (Bar)
Leading silk who is recognised for her expertise in matters relating to surrogacy and broader fertility issues. She is also praised by sources for her international expertise in child adoption, relocation and abduction matters. Fottrell also handles domestic child disputes involving cases of abuse and radicalisation.
Strengths: "Knowledgeable, straightforward, realistic and direct." "Her cross-examination is masterful. She remains calm and delivers her points beautifully." "In a class of her own."
This content is provided by Deirdre Fottrell QC
Children, Surrogacy, Abduction, Adoption, Fertility Law and Judicial Review
Deirdre Fottrell practises in all areas relating to children.
In private law children she is highly experienced with a particular focus on international cases involving abduction, relocation and adoption.
In public law children she is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse.
She has appeared recently in a number of cases in which parents have been accused of radicalising their children and she has considerable expertise in this area.
She also specialises in surrogacy, fertility law and cases involving modern family structures. She has appeared in numerous reported cases in which issues of parentage have been considered.
In addition, she is an expert on the interplay between human rights law and family law as it applies to children.
She has been a visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York and a lecturer at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex for 15 years. She has appeared at all levels of Court including the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Publications include Halsburys Rights and Freedoms, Sweet and Maxwell, April 2013.