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, including cases of parental alienation, 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 is a leading national expert in forced marriage cases and was a guest speaker on this topic at the UK Association of UK Women Judges, speaking after Baroness Hale, President of the Supreme Court. She represents local authorities, police forces, applicants, victims 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.
“A Guide to Forced Marriage: Common Problems and Case Law” MBL Webinar January 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
No 5 Chambers Family Pupillage Liaison Officer
No 5 Chambers Equality and Diversity Committee – Parental Leave/Flexible Working 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
“Her practice includes both public and private children law cases”
Legal 500 2020
“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
“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
Appointed Deputy District Judge 2019
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
Publications and Media
A Guide to Forced Marriage for Family Lawyers
Family lawyers need to be alert to the distinctions between forced and arranged marriages, how to spot danger signs when a vulnerable adult or child is at risk and how to obtain protective remedies. To view this recording, please follow the link beneath.
“A Practical Guide to Forced and Incapacitous Marriages”
By Adreeja Chatterjee, publication date September 2019, Law Brief Publishing
“We cannot lose sight of the illegality of forced marriage”