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Bianca Jackson

Barrister
Call 2012

About Me

Bianca has a busy and diverse practice in all aspects of children law, as well as applications under Part IV Family Law Act 1996. She regularly acts in public law cases, representing local authorities, parents, grandparents, and guardians. In private children law, Bianca has expertise in cases concerning allegations of rape and domestic violence, as well as those involving intractable contact and residence disputes. She is very experienced in dealing with cases with an international element.
Bianca is the head of the Alternative Families Practice Group in chambers and has a particular expertise in surrogacy law and legal parenthood. She is highly knowledgeable about both the case law and the statutory provisions in this complex area of law, and has lectured and published articles on the subject for Family Law Week. Most recently, she appeared in the reported cases of A & B (No 1 Fact-finding judgment) [2015] EWHC 1059 (Fam) and A & B (No 2 – Parental Order [2015] EWHC 2080 (Fam), which concerned an international surrogacy arrangement in India.
Prior to practicing at the Bar, Bianca volunteered for a number of years with the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre and the National Centre for Domestic Violence, as well as The Women’s Institute, a gender think tank in Hong Kong. From 2010-2011, Bianca was a legal intern at the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she helped to draft appeals in the reparations proceedings against Thomas Lubanga and monitored sexual violence and related ICC cases in the Cote D’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and the DRC.
Bianca’s professional and academic experiences have provided her with the skills necessary to be a strong and effective advocate. She is adept at oral advocacy and cross-examination, and her skills in respect of written advocacy have been praised as “excellent” in the High Court.
Bianca prides herself on providing a high level of client care and being accessible to both her professional and lay clients. She tends to take a pragmatic approach to any dispute and seeks to manage her clients’ expectations in a way that is both sensitive and realistic. Bianca is well-liked by her clients and works tirelessly on their behalf.
Recent cases include:
– Representing an intended father in a parental order applcation where he and the intended mother were no longer in a relationship and the intended mother had made false allegations of domestic violence against him.
– Representing a mother in the Court of Appeal where the lower court had ordered no direct contact (and limited indirect contact) between the mother and her child.
– Representing a parent accused of sexually abusing his child during community contact in private law proceedings.
– Representing a mother in Hague Convention proceedings where the father allegedly acquiesed to the child being removed from the US to the United Kingdom.
– Representing a father in a Re W hearing in public law proceedings, where the father’s teenage son had retracted his allegations of serious physical chastisement.
– Representing a mother where the father alleged that she had subjected their daughters to female genital mutilation (FGM).
– Since gaining tenancy at Coram in 2014, Bianca has continued to do a substantial amount of work for the Bar Pro Bono Unit, and volunteers with LawWorks, the Big Voice, and the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre. In 2015, she won the Jordan’s Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year. She also is a regular contributor to Family Law Week.
Bianca accepts instructions from members of the public under the Direct Access scheme.
Children (public and private)
Surrogacy and Legal Parenthood
Alternative Families
Human Rights
International
Domestic Violence Injunctions
Court of Protection

Education

University of Cambridge, MA – Law 2015
City Law School (Inns of Court School of Law), LLM 2013
City Law School (Inns of Court School of Law), Bar Professional Training Course 2012
University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) – Law 2010
University of Oxford, D.Phil – English Language and Literature 2008
University of Sussex, MA – English Literature 2003
Reed College (US), BA – English Literature 2000

 

Languages

Intermediate French

 

Professional Memberships

Middle Temple
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
International Surrogacy Forum
Bar Pro Bono Unit
Association of Jewish Lawyers
Rights of Women (Advisory Group)
“Bianca is a wonderful barrister… Her commitment, efficiency and professionalism combined with her personable and thorough approach, instilled confidence in me despite the terror I felt in the lead up to and during the proceedings. It’s very heartening to know that women like Bianca are so ably supporting children and mothers out there in these circumstances.” – lay client
A & B (No 2 – Parental Order [2015] EWHC 2080 (Fam)
A & B (No 1 Fact-finding judgment) [2015] EWHC 1059 (Fam)
Re P (A Child) – forthcoming
“Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 1)”, Family Law Week (24 January 2014)
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“Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 2) – Issues Arising”, Family Law Week (30 January 2014)
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Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues (16 August 2018), published by Bloomsbury Professional

Awards

Family Law Awards 2015
Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

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Family Law Awards 2016
Shortlisted Junior Barrister of the Year

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