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Year of Call:  1986

Year of Silk:  2006

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Lorna Meyer QC - Family



Lorna has forged a strong reputation in all areas of children work. Her regular appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal are testament to the energy, detailed preparation and skill she brings to each case.

Her primary focus is on those cases where expert medical or scientific evidence requires scrutiny or challenge and those where interpretation or application of statutory provision, or case law, is the subject of uncertainty or dispute.  She has a keen interest in cases with cross-border and international dimensions.

Lorna has the ability to ensure that each client, in the midst of complex, sensitive and emotionally charged situations, feels able to have their case understood whether they are social work professionals, teenage parents, adults facing allegations of abuse, children themselves or members of a family brought into being with the assistance of fertility treatment or surrogacy.

She has a lengthy history of working with those with reduced capacity and understanding. She has the ability to anticipate all sides of the argument, a benefit drawn from acting for Local Authorities, CAFCASS Guardians, parents, the child direct and as an advocate to the Court.

In Silk her advisory and advocacy work has also extended beyond the Family Court to include Inquests, Judicial Review and Human Rights claims connected with vulnerable and looked after children.

Her areas of expertise include cases involving:
•    Children or other vulnerable witnesses giving evidence
•    Inherent Jurisdiction and the extent of its powers
•    Physical abuse (brain injury, sudden death in infancy, starvation and FII)
•    Death of children and of parents
•    Sexual abuse (Child Sexual Exploitation, paedophile rings and online protection issues)
•    Scrutiny of local authority decision making processes
•    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act Issues (parenthood, surrogacy and same sex parenting)
•    Child Abduction and International Movement of Children
•    Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Orders
•    International Adoptions
•    Disputes over jurisdiction of UK courts.
•    Concurrent criminal proceedings (murder, allowing the death of a child, cruelty and terrorism) and associated issues of disclosure
•    Disputes over medical treatment and withdrawal of treatment
•    Vulnerable and mentally incapacitated adults.
•    Privacy versus publication.

Lorna is co-author of the book "Challenging and Defending Local Authority Child Care Decisions", which was published in March 2013. 


"Lorna is a reassuring presence in any case, has a good command of her material and a composed style that judges like." "A very clever, hugely conscientious lawyer who has a good rapport with both clients and judges."
Chambers UK 2017

‘A silk of the highest calibre; her knowledge is second to none and she builds a very good rapport with clients.’
Legal 500 2016

"She is extremely hard-working, has an extensive breadth of knowledge of the law and commands authority. People stop and listen to her. She is a stickler for detail and passionate about her cause. I would have no hesitation in recommending her. Her approach to a case is exciting and inspiring."
Chambers UK, 2016


‘Her paperwork is of high quality, and her skeleton arguments are very persuasive.’
-Legal 500, 2015

"Lorna's attention to detail is spectacular - her notes are amazing." "She is totally unflappable." 
-Chambers UK 2015

'Extremely knowledgeable, especially in cases involving medical issues and children.'
-Legal 500 2014

Praised as a leader in the field of family law. "She is outstanding. A leading silk in this area."
-Chambers UK 2014

No5 Chambers has a strong group of family law experts, and Lorna Meyer QC is one of its standouts. She concentrates her practice on public and private law children's issues, and is regularly instructed in highly complex and extremely sensitive cases concerning physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
-Chambers UK 2013

''Lorna Meyer QC and Michele Friel stand out for their expertise in cases involving children''
-Legal 500 2013

''Lorna Meyer QC and Michele Friel are well known for their children work''
-Legal 500 2012

"Lorna Meyer QC is pre-eminent at No5. She focuses on children work and is known to be a determined advocate."
-Chambers & Partners 2011

Lorna Meyer is a "true expert in children law"
-Legal 500 2010

"Meyer is regularly instructed in complex and sensitive childcare cases as well as international leave-to-remove matters."
- Chambers & Partners 2010

No5 Chambers' Lorna Meyer QC excels in complex children work, including their international movement and abduction
- Legal 500 2009

Leading the pack, Lorna Meyer QC strikes industry leaders as “a really excellent barrister who has specialised in child cases for years.” Her child-related cases encompass public and private law, with a proportion of them having an international element. She also does ancillary relief work.
- Chambers & Partners 2008

"At No5 Chambers the "remarkably good" Lorna Meyer QC has a stong children practice. Meyer has recently been made silk and is widely predicted to build on an already impressive practice."
- Chambers & Partners 2007


Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors
[2017] EWFC 62

Birmingham City Council v SK
[2016] EWHC 310 (Fam)

Re K and H (Children) 
[2015] EWCA 543

Birmingham City Council v Sarfraz Riaz and Others
[2015] EWHC 1857 (Fam)

Birmingham City Council v Sarfraz Riaz and Others 
[2014] EWHC 4247 (Fam)

Re G (A child) 
[2014] EWCA Civ 432

Re W (A Child) 
[2013] EWCA Civ 1227

RE E (A Child) 
[2012] EWCA Civ 1773 [2013] Fam Law 399

Re X & Y (Children) 
[2012] EWCA Civ 1500 [2013] 1FCR1

Re CA (A Baby) 
[2012] EWHC 2190 (fam)

Re D (A Child) 
[2011] EWCA Civ 684, [2011] 4 All ER 434, [2011] 2FLR 1183

Re S (a child)
[2010] EWCA Civ 219

in the Matter of S (A child)
[2010] EWCA Civ 325

[2010] EWHC 192

Re X, Y and Z (children) 
[2010] EWHC, [2011] 1FLR 1045

[2009] EWHC 2243 (FAM), [2010] 2 FLR 1664 

Re MA(Care Threshold) 
[2009] EWCA Civ 853; [2010] 1FLR 431

BCC –v- AG & Others 
[2009] EWHC 3720 (fam); [2010] 2FLR 580

Re T (Children: Placement Order) 
[2008] EWCA 248; [2008] 1FLR 1721

Re AJ (Adoption order or special guardianship order) 
[2007] EWCA Civ55; [2007]1FLR 507

Re T and J (abduction recognition of foreign judgment) 
[2006] EWHC 1472 (fam); [2006] 2FLR 1290

Re G (children) 
[2006] UKHL 43; [2006] 2FLR 629

Re G (Residence: Same sex Partner) 
[2005] EWCA Civ 462; [2005] 2FLR 957

A County Council –v- A Mother, A Father and XY and Z 
[2005] EWHC 31 (fam) [2005] 2FLR 129