Frances Judd QC – Associate Member



Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of Silk: 2006

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Frances read history at Cambridge University and was called to the Bar in 1984.

She took silk in 2006.

She was appointed a Recorder in 2002 and was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2011.

She is recommended in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession (‘The absolutely fantastic Frances Judd QC is measured, hard working, and thoroughly prepared’) and in the Legal 500 where she is described as being ‘calm under pressure, showing great empathy with clients’.


  • Chair of the Thames Valley Family Law Bar Association and sits on the national committee of the FLBA.
  • Association of Lawyers for Children.


  • Family - Children

    Frances has specialized in children’s law for 25 years, in both public and private law work.

    Public Law

    Frances has extensive experience in public law cases, being regularly briefed by local authorities, parents and guardians, both with and without a junior. She has particular expertise in the following areas, regularly appearing in the High Court to deal with the following:-

    • cases of severe physical injury or death, where the medical evidence is complex, in particular so called ‘shaken baby syndrome’, factitious or induced illness, fractures
    • allegations of smothering; sudden infant death;
    • sexual abuse
    • children’s evidence
    • child trafficking
    • allegations of witchcraft/ritual abuse

    She has a strong interest in all aspects of the law of adoption, having appeared in numerous leading adoption cases in the Court of Appeal.

    She has an interest in the role of the media in family cases, and regularly advises on the merits of applying to restrict or allow reporting of matters concerning children and their parents.

    Private Law

    Frances has a strong private law practice dealing with international and domestic relocation cases, surrogacy, parental responsibility, contact and residence. She is the co-author of a book on Relocation published in 2013 by Jordans.


    Frances is always happy to advise on the merits of appeal. She regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and has acted for the Guardian in two cases in the Supreme Court


    Frances is co-author (with Damain Garrido and Rob George of these chambers, and Anna Worwood of Penningtons Manches) of ‘Relocation: A Practical Guide’ published by Jordans in 2013, with a foreword by Lady Justice Black.
    Frances is the co-author of a book on private law ‘Contact: the New Deal’ (Jordans 2006), and on the ‘Public Law Outline’ (Jordans 2008).

    She has written and lectured extensively on the law of relocation, including an article with Dr. Robert George; ‘International Relocation: Do we stand alone? [2010] Fam Law 63′

    She regularly gives lectures for Butterworth’s, Jordan’s and the Association of Lawyers for Children, on a range of topics including non-accidental injury and expert evidence, privacy in the family courts, relocation, shared residence and contact.

    Recent Cases

    In the last year, Frances has appeared several times in the Court of Appeal and also in the Supreme Court.

    Examples of recent cases include successfully defending a mother against allegations she had smothered and killed two of her children and applying for a reporting restriction order in the same case, defending parents in several cases where they were alleged to have caused death by shaking, defending a mother in a case where she was alleged to have caused multiple fractures, representing the local authority in a case where foster parents wished to prevent an adoption, representing a father in proceedings following an informal surrogacy arrangement, and representing a father who was alleged to have tampered with life-preserving equipment being used by his infant daughter.

    Reported Cases

    Re A-C (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1321: Appeal against fact-finding decision

    In the matter of L-R (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1129: Contempt of court in public law proceedings

    Re E (A Child) [2013] EWHC 2413: Application for leave to withdraw care proceedings after lengthy fact finding hearing, and consideration given to circumstances of emergency removal

    Re L (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 489: Interim Care Order – Removal

    In the matter of L & B (Children) [2013] UKSC 9: Circumstances in which a judge who has announced her decision can change her mind.

    Re AA (A Child) 2012 EWHC 2647 (High Court)

    Re M (Children) 2012 EWCA Civ 1710

    Re N 2012 2 FLR 917 (High Court): Religion – Jehovah’s Witness

    Re R 2011 2 FLR 1384: Care Proceedings – Causation

    Re A 2011 1 FLR 239: Application for Reporting Restriction Order

    O v Coventry City Council 2012 1 FLR 302: Adoption

    Re N 2010 1 FLR 1102: Recognition of Foreign Adoption Order

    B (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 729 (Court of Appeal)

    Re S-B (Children) [2009] UKSC 17, 2010 1 FLR 1161 (Supreme Court)

    Re L-A (Care: Chronic Neglect) [2009] EWCA Civ 822, 2010 1 FLR 80

    Re L (Shared Residence Order) [2009] EWCA Civ 20, [2009] 2 FLR 1157

    Re A; Coventry City Council v CC and A [2007] EWCA Civ 1383, [2008] 1 FLR 959 (Court of Appeal)

    Re N and N [2007] Fam Law 121, [2008] FLR forthcoming (Court of Appeal)

    Re H (Care Order: Appropriate Local Authority) [2004] 1 FLR 534 (Court of Appeal)

    Re P (Care Orders: Injunctive Relief) [2000] 2 FLR 385 (High Court)

    Re O (Adoption: Withholding Consent) [1999] 1 FLR 451 (Court of Appeal)

    Re M (Adoption or Residence Order) [1998] 1 FLR 570 (Court of Appeal)

    Oxfordshire County Council v L and F [1997] 1 FLR 235

    S v Oxfordshire County Council [1993] 1 FLR 452 (High Court)

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