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Gemma Chapman

Gemma Chapman

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Gemma Chapman is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for her expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Gemma Chapman - She has focus on public children law proceedings.


Gemma Chapman is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for her expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Gemma Chapman - Her public law children cases often involve issues of neglect, factitious illnesses and non-accidental injuries

'Recommended for public law children cases, and experienced in managing volatile parents.’

Gemma Chapman... ‘is a fearless and robust advocate’  Legal 500 (2013) ‘will fight her client’s corner' - Legal 500 (2012)


Family

Gemma is a specialist family law barrister with particular focus in Public law Proceedings, representing, Local Authorities, children (through their Guardian), parents and other interested parties. 

Gemma brings a wealth of experience to her cases, regularly instructed in matters involving; neglect, sexual and physical abuse, disputed medical evidence, non-accidental injury, fictitious illness, addictions, mental health and limited capacity, and suspected murder.

She has considerable interest and experience in those involving leave to remove from the jurisdiction, child abduction and international children issues.

Recent/Notable cases

  • Representing a Local Authority in respect of habitual residence of the children and jurisdiction of the English Courts to hear the care proceedings.
  • Successfully advising and acting for the mother of a severely disabled child with limited life expectancy where the Local Authority sought to remove the child from her care.
  • Three-month Fact Finding Hearing at the High Court.  The case was factually complicated in that the eldest child of the family was found dead but the evidence as to the time and manner of her death was largely inconclusive. The Local Authority sought to persuade Hogg LJ that the child had been dead for up to one week and the family had faked resuscitation. There were also issues around sexual abuse of the other children of the family some of whom suffered from severe learning difficulties. The case was challenging from the outset. In the substantive hearing Gemma was led by Stephen Cobb QC, an experience which taught her a great deal and as a result of which she modified and improved her own style of working.
  • Representing a father in proceedings where a 6 month old baby had all of her fingernails and toenails removed by force over a period of 5 months. Gemma successfully defended her client against the allegations and the children have been placed with him in the interim.
  • Successfully opposed the Local Authority and Children's Guardian at final hearing and kept a child at home.  Through successful cross examination of the expert child and adult psychologist, Gemma persuaded the Court that the care plan of the Local Authority would cause the child significant harm.



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Practice Groups

  • Family

Areas of Expertise

  • Family

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