Justine Cole

Justine Cole - Barrister at St John's Buildings


“She is well known for her practice in public law children matters.” Legal 500 2019

Justine Cole is a specialist family barrister, who has practised exclusively in all areas of family law since joining the bar.


  • Family - Children

    Justine’s practice includes all aspects of family law, with a particular emphasis on complex care cases. She is regularly instructed in care proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities, parents who are subject to proceedings, and children. She has also represented parents who lack capacity, being instructed by the Official Solicitor.

    She has appeared in the High Court and the County Court in care cases involving child death, significant non-accidental injuries with complex medical evidence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and serious neglect cases. She has also been involved in a number of Secure Accommodation cases.

    Justine also receives instructions on all aspects of private law work such as residence, shared residence, intractable contact disputes and domestic violence cases.

    Legal Directory Quotes

    “An expert in childcare cases.” – Legal 500 2017

    “Experienced in complex childcare cases involving non-accidental injury” – Legal 500 2016

    She has notable experience in care cases involving child fatalities, physical abuse and neglect.” – Legal 500 2015

    “Her practice has an emphasis on complex care cases” – Legal 500 2014

    Recommended for Family Law Cases” – Legal 500 2013

    Recommended for Children Act work” – Legal 500 2012

    Recommended in the Legal 500, Family Law Section 2011

    Professional Associations

    • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
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