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Kristina Brown

Call: 1998

"Kristina knows her cases backwards, she’s smart , incredibly hard-working and clients love her." "Kristina is superb in quite difficult situations. She is superb in cross-examination and compassionate and empathetic." "Kristina is a strong advocate and litigator. She looks to achieve needs of her clients without haste."

Chambers UK 2024

"Kristina can clarify large volumes of complex information and produce focused, client-friendly advice." "She has a disarming and engaging cross-examination style which deals with the real issues in the case resulting in the efficient management of court resources."

Legal 500 2024

"She is a fierce advocate for clients and a skilled lawyer who has handled the most complex of cases." "Kristina is a formidable advocate with very strong client care abilities." "Truly a fearsome advocate, who will always fight the client's corner."

Chambers UK 2023

"Kristina is unflappable and a good safe pair of hands with any application."

Legal 500 2023

"She is much sought after, and rightly so. She has a fantastic practice and has amazing drive."

Chambers UK 2022

Kristina Brown is a highly regarded children law practitioner specialising in the most serious and complex of Children Act cases, including in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She is led frequently and also leads juniors, including in the High Court.

She has an established reputation for tactical preparation, forensic analysis of complex and voluminous medical evidence and excellent client care. She is known for her sensitive, down-to-earth yet robust attitude. Her case preparation, paperwork and pleasant nature draw frequent note. Her advocacy is forceful, subtle and effective.

Kristina has particular interest in Public Law cases and is greatly sought after in cases involving allegations of inflicted injury including child death.

Many of her cases involve a parallel police investigation leading to charge and trial.

Kristina’s experience also covers the full range of Private Law applications.

Kristina presents lectures and training seminars to solicitors, local authorities and other child protection professionals. Kristina is an appointed Member of the Development Board of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. She is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Winchester.

As the legal directories note (see below), Kristina commands respect from judges, opponents, instructing solicitors and clients, for her insightful and forensic preparation, her ability to get to the heart of complex cases, her client care and her skill as an advocate.

Expertise

Family

Kristina specialises in Children Act cases, appearing throughout the family court including the Court of Appeal and appearing regularly in the High Court.

Kristina has particular interest in Public Law cases and represents Local Authorities, parents (including those with disabilities and cognitive challenges), extended family members and children either through their Guardian or by their own solicitor. She has significant experience in care cases including baby death, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse, surrogacy, child trafficking, parental alienation, terrorism, chronic neglect and in representing parents and children with serious psychological difficulties, including self harming, and in acting for parents with compromised functioning, including requirement for the Official Solicitor.

Kristina’s experience also covers the full range of Private Law applications, with particular interest in intractable disputes, involving Rule 16.4 Guardians. She deals with complex child arrangements applications involving serious domestic abuse, complicated psychological evidence and relocation of children.

Notable Family Cases


Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312 (Fam) (12 December 2023)

Birmingham City Council v Mother & Ors [2022] EWFC 125 (10 August 2022)

Re ABC (Children: Overlaying Child) [2020] EWFC 57

Re CTD (A Child: Rehearing) [2020] EWCA Civ 1316

A Local Authority v AB and Others [2019] EWFC 75

RE (1) K (2) T (3) U (Placement of children with kinship carers abroad) sub nom Birmingham City Council v (1) W (2) Q (3) K, T and U (by their children’s guardian) (2019) EWFC 59

Leicestershire County Council v AB (by her Litigation Friend, The Official Solicitor), CD, EF, GH (Children Through Their Children’s Guardian), IJ v KL [2018] EWFC 58

Re X (a child) No. 2 [2016] EWFC 55 (11 November 2016)

Re X (a child) [2016] EWFC 54 (8 November 2016)

Re T (A Child: fact finding) [2014] EWFC B115

Re W (A Child) (Proportionality of Interim Care Order) [2014] EWCA Civ 772, [2014] 3 F.C.R. 339, [2014] Fam. Law 1235

Re M (A Child) (Care and Placement Orders: Guardian’s Evidence) [2014] EWCA Civ 226, [2015] 1 F.C.R. 359, [2014] Fam. Law 776

RE B (A Child) (Medical Treatment) [2008] EWHC 1996 (Fam) [2009] 1 F.L.R. 1264 | [2009] LS Law Medical 214, [2009] Fam. Law 397

Re: B (A Minor) [2009] 1 FLR 1264; [2009] LS Law Medical 214

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"Kristina is intelligent and insightful, with exceptional client-care skills and a tremendous determination to succeed."


"Hugely in demand and rightly so - she is without question one of the strongest family law barristers practising in the Midlands. She is smart, hard-working and understandably popular with solicitors and clients alike."


"A forceful, focused advocate, whether in cross-examination or in lengthy submissions."


"A very popular and immensely capable children law barrister with an extraordinary work-rate, she has an amazing ability to get to the heart of a case and inspire confidence in all who work with her.” “She struck me as exceedingly well prepared and able to hone in on the relevant issues in the case."


"An exceptional children law barrister with extraordinary drive and commitment to her clients."


"She impresses with her phenomenal work rate, eye for detail and awareness of the key issues in a case." "A wonderful cross-examiner."


"She combines keen insight with an extraordinary work ethic."


“A leading barrister in Birmingham - an excellent junior who gives London silks a run for their money. A real fighter. If you want someone who can robustly litigate she would be your first pick - you want her to fight in your corner.”


“She has an eye for detail and great research skills.”


"An established practitioner in both public and private children law who focuses on serious cases of child abuse involving complex medical and factual evidence. She acts for parents and children as well as local authorities. Strengths: “Smart, insightful and someone with a phenomenal work rate, she has the makings of a future silk.” “She can take a case that is drifting and pin it down.”


“An intelligent, insightful and industrious children law barrister.”


  • Leonard Sainer Legal Education Foundation Award Scholar
  • Member of the Development Board of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University.
  • Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Winchester.
  • Qualified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)
  • LL.B (Hons.) (Dunelm) Trevelyan College, Durham University: 2(i)
  • Bar Vocational Course Inns of Court School of Law: Very Competent
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Clerk Team

Adam Wadley

Practice Director, Family

adamw@no5.com

07780 453079

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Monica Hussain

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

monicah@no5.com

Sophie Wright

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

sophiew@no5.com

Gugandeep Kooner

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

gugandeepk@no5.com

Paul Sams

Paul Sams

Family Clerk (Consultant)

pauls@no5.com

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