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Shaun Spencer

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Shaun is a family law specialist, with a comprehensive family law practice, which encompasses both public and private law children cases. He also practises within the Court of Protection in relation to personal welfare matters.

Shaun has extensive experience of proceedings involving complex issues of law and/or fact including cases involving allegation of serious inflicted injuries, sexual abuse and fabricated or induced illness. Shaun has particular expertise in relation to the use of the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, for example, in relation to the use of Wardship or in relation to issues of Deprivation of Liberty.

Shaun also has a broad private law practice with a particular emphasis on complex disputes often involving an international element (relocation/abduction), parental alienation, domestic abuse and cultural and religious issues. Shaun’s practice also includes cases involving surrogacy, co-parenting arrangements and issues arising from the breakdown of same sex relationships.


A Local Authority v W & Ors (Application for Summary Dismissal of Findings) [2020] WLR(D) 327, [2020] EWFC 40

Re AA (Children) & 25 Ors [2019] EWFC 64

Re D (Fact-finding appeal) [2019] EWCA 2302

Re C (A Child) [2019] EWCA CIV 1777

M (Deprivation of Liberty in Scotland) [2019] EWHC 1510 (Fam)

A City Council v LS [2019] EWHC 1384 (Fam)

Rochdale v Z, B and J [2018] EWFC 102

Re K [2018] EWHC 2311 (Fam)

Re A-F (Children) [2018] EWHC 138 (Fam) and Re A-F (No.2) [2018] 2129 (Fam)

Re S (Child as parent: Adoption: Consent) [2017] EWHC 2729 (Fam)