Adreeja is a specialist practitioner with over 20 years experience in the law relating to children, (public and private law), international movement of children, forced marriages and crossover practice in Court of Protection work and the deprivation of liberty for children and young persons.
She regularly appears in care and adoption proceedings with an international element including immigration and cross-border issues. Adreeja’s public children law practice includes representing local authorities, parents (including those acting by the Official Solicitor) and children in serious physical and sexual abuse cases. As a result of her expertise in Court of Protection work (see Court of Protection CV) she is often instructed in care/secure accommodation order cases where a child or young person may be deprived of his or her liberty and where capacity issues arise in relation to both children and adults.
Adreeja also conducts within private law proceedings intractable residence/contact disputes, internal and external relocation disputes, child abduction and wardship proceedings inside and outside the EU. She is frequently instructed on behalf of children, whether by their Cafcass Guardian or by NYAS.
Adreeja has particular expertise in relation to forced marriage protection orders, where she represents local authorities, police forces, applicants and respondent family members in freestanding forced marriage protection order applications, linked care proceedings and linked Court of Protection proceedings and declarations for a non-recognition of marriage pursuant to the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. She also undertakes applications for female genital mutilation protection orders.
She is fluent in Bengali and French.
Regular speaker at internal and external seminars and webinars, delivering training to barristers, solicitors and social work professionals, including guest lecturing at University of Birmingham to law undergraduates:
“A Guide to Forced Marriage: Common Problems and Case Law” MBL Webinar, forthcoming (Jan 2019)
“Court of Protection Update for Family Lawyers” MBL Webinar 2018
Guest speaker “Forced Marriages and Incapacity”, UK Association of Women Judges Annual Conference, Liverpool, November 2018
Expert contributor, LexisNexis
Chambers Family Pupillage Liaison Officer
Registered Pupil Supervisor
Midlands Circuit Advocacy Trainer
Registered for Direct Access Work
Hobbies and interests
Trustee and Board Member – Craftspace, a national leading contemporary crafts organisation and charity
“Very well known for handling forced marriage cases.”
Legal 500 2019
“Demonstrates particular expertise in forced marriage cases…has a niche practice in forced marriage matters and cases of child abduction within and outside the EU:”
Legal 500 2017 – recommended as a leading junior in Family and Children Law
“A strong committed advocate, who will always fight her client’s corner:”
Legal 500 2016
“Shines in complex care cases, including cross-border adoptions and placements:”
Legal 500 2015
B-v-L  EWFC 67 (20 October 2016) Francis J
Divorce proceedings in which the husband, a devout Muslim, claimed that as he was married pursuant to Sharia law, under a religious contract, that only Pakistan had jurisdiction to hear the divorce.
Re XCC-AA, BB, CC, DD  EWHC 2183 (COP) Parker J
(appearing at the fact-finding hearing) Forced marriage protection orders and the capacity of a learning-disabled adult to consent to marriage and decide about her contact with her husband.
Re A (Adoption: Placement Outside the Jurisdiction) 2004 EWCA Civ 515 2004 2 FLR 447
The unlawful placement of children placed abroad for adoption
Dr Cooper Studentship, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Gray’s Inn Scholarship
West Midlands FLBA (Treasurer 2009 – 2012)
BA Hons Law Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge