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Nazmun Ismail

Nazmun Ismail

Call: 1992

Nazmun Ismail’s particular expertise is matrimonial finance and private law proceedings. Her work has included cases with international issues and cross border matters. Her public law care proceedings experience is extensive, including cases with hearings which have lasted months.

Nazmun’s expertise extends to Court of Protection work including Deprivation of Liberty and Property and Affairs, across England and Wales.



Over 25 years experience as a barrister. Particular expertise:

Matrimonial Property and Finance, including acting for interveners in trusts arguments arising relating to property intwined with property on divorce owned by family members. Private Family law matters including Child Arrangement Orders. Experience extends to cases with international issues and cross border issues. Experience of immigration law as successful counsel at the Supreme Court. Public law care proceedings of complexity. Appearances have included acting as counsel in cases with lengthy hearings lasting months before High Court Judges.

Family Law

Nazmun is a specialist family law barrister whose practice encompasses all aspects of family law. She is recognised for her wide-ranging experience, thorough preparation, robust advocacy and detailed advice. Her dedication to her work is well respected.

She has appeared at all levels of Courts across England and Wales, including at the Court of Appeal and at the Supreme Court.

She regularly appears for parents and Guardians at the Family Courts in both private law and public law proceedings.

Public Law

In public law, Nazmun represents parents, guardians and competent children. Her experience includes cases which involve risk of harm from non-accidental injuries, radicalisation, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, non-accidental death, allegations of serious sexual abuse, serious neglect and child trafficking.

Private Law

In private law, Nazmun has experience across the full range of private law cases including parental alienation cases, child arrangements orders (contact/residence), specific issue and prohibited steps applications and relocation both internally and externally. She has successfully obtained and resisted permissions to relocate children both within England and Wales and overseas.


Nazmun has broad experience in family finance and has regularly been instructed in complex matrimonial finance proceedings.

Public Access

Nazmun is approved by the Bar Council to undertake direct access work.

Human Rights

Nazmun covers human rights issues spanning various areas of law including Court of Protection matters. Her experience in immigration, asylum and nationality issues makes her particularly suitable in dealing with cases with cross border issues and in preparing independent reports on such cases for the Family Court.

Notable Family Cases

Re J (2021) (Public Law)

Successful with a preliminary application to discharge the intervenors. Representation of Foster Carers who were ordered to be intervenors in a case where a young baby has sustained rib fractures. Local Authority sought findings against the foster carers and the parents.

Re S and Others (2020) (Public Law)

High Court (S9). Representation of a mother in a matter listed for 4 weeks. A wide variety of issues including forced marriage protection order, transnational marriage abandonment, sexual abuse, physical abuse and repeated removals of the children from the jurisdiction.

Ahmed v Iqbal (2020) EWHC 266 Fam (Private Law)

Successfully opposed the appeal. Macdonald J: Important case to assist with the principles to be applied when considering whether the court can intervene to prevent counsel from acting and whether it should interfere with rights of litigants to have their choice of counsel. Representation of a mother to oppose the appeal of an earlier decision preventing counsel from representing a client.

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

Sir Mark Hedley: Nazmun was led by Nick Stonor QC. Instructed to represent a respondent father in one of the largest public law cases heard in the Family Courts listed for 15 weeks. The court heard 15 care cases together following the local authorities alleging that there was a paedophile ring involving grave sexual abuse allegations in respect of children. The client was exonerated.

Rochdale Borough Council v M and Others [2018] EWCH 2996 (Fam)

Hayden J: Nazmun was led by Jo Delahunty QC. Instructed by the Official Solicitor. Representing a mother who lacked capacity and competency and she was accused of killing her young child. There were complexities of medical evidence.

Mandalia v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 59

Supreme Court. Co-Counsel the Appellant in respect of issues of policy and the Points Based System. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal, quashing the refusal of his visa extension application and overturning the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

Re C (A Child) (Abduction Proceedings) [2013] 2 FLR 1300

Court of Appeal. Acted with another junior for the mother in a Hague Convention Abduction Case.

KM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] 1 AC 152

Supreme Court. Led by Ian Dove QC. Junior Counsel for the Appellant. A groundbreaking judgment in favour of the Appellant in which his appeal based on human rights and the Refugee Convention was allowed.

FH (Iran) v Entry Clearance Officer (Tehran) [2011] Imm. AR 29

Post flight spouses. Appeal allowed.

RK (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 456

Court of Appeal. Zimbabwean Protection claims. Appeal allowed and remitted for re-hearing.

Tsegaye v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 736

EU Law. Court of Appeal. Marriage after arrival in the United Kingdom.

IO (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State [2011] EWCA Civ 865

Article 8. EU law. Court of Appeal.

KM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 275

Court of Appeal. Led by Ian Dove QC. Protection claims and application of Supreme Court’s decision in HJ (Iran).

Regina (on the application of) WJ (China) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 183

Court of Appeal. Section 82 NIAA 2002 and fresh claims with rights of appeal.

Court of Protection

Deprivation of Liberty, including national DoLs Court. Property and Affairs matters across England and Wales.

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  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Women in Family Law
  • Child Concern
  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • Bar Human Rights
  • Justice
  • Resolution
  • BA Honours Law and Mathematics

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