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Martha Cover

Joint Head of Chambers

Barrister
Call 1979

About Me

Martha Cover has been a child law specialist since 1990. She represents parents and children in cases of serious injury and death to a child. She has a particular interest in allegations of emotional harm where children are being brought up in unusual or false belief systems. She also specialises in international and domestic adoption, wardship, and intractable disputes between parents over contact and residence.
Martha regularly speaks and writes on children law matters. She has written for The Times and been interviewed on radio and television to discuss adoption and the wider policy issues affecting care proceedings. Since 2010 she has been one of the Chairs of the Association of Lawyers for Children, and in November 2012 she gave evidence on their behalf to the Justice Select Committee and to the House of Lords Select Committee on Adoption.
Martha has been Head of Chambers at Coram since 2010.
Children
International
Human Rights

Education

BA, University of Western Ontario
LLM University of London, Queen Mary College

 

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Liberty
Gray’s Inn

What the Directories Say

‘Martha is intellectually sound, and always willing to be imaginative. That’s what makes her so good – she starts from a strong legal position, but is also prepared to find interesting ways to ensure the client has their voice heard.’ Chambers and Partners 2019

‘“A fierce champion of children’s rights.’ Legal 500 2018

‘(Martha) has a very strong reputation for fighting her client’s corner with tact and good humour and not giving an inch. Peers are quick to laud her commitment to pro bono work.’
Strengths: “She’s warm and engaging, and explains things in a way clients can understand. She’s incisive, and she will identify and tackle the key issues. Her fearlessness stands out.” Chambers and Partners 2016
‘A pioneer and icon in the field’ Legal 500 2015
‘Committed, knowledgeable, authoritative and sympathetic.’ Legal 500 2014
“she is respected by the judiciary and has a clear understanding of local authorities” Chambers UK 2014
Martha Cover shows ‘exceptional sensitivity to children law issues, and has extensive experience of medical cases.’ Legal 500 2013
“…hard-working, conscientious and experienced, and does good quality work.” Chambers UK 2013
“is ‘a calm and authoritative figure with excellent legal knowledge’”
Legal 500 2012
“Sources praise her as ‘superb and fantastic’” Chambers UK 2012
“has a ‘prodigious work rate’ and an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of her practice area’.” Legal 500, 2011
Migration and legal aid changes threaten the rights of families
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Martha Cover and members of the Association of Lawyers for Children write to The Guardian on the potential threat to the rights of families on the proposed migration and changes to legal aid.

Awards

Chambers UK Bar
Leader in the field 2019

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Legal 500
Leading junior 2018

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Legal Aid Lawyer Awards
Barrister of the Year 2018

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Chambers UK Bar
Leader in the field 2018

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Legal 500
Leading junior 2017

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Chambers UK Bar
Top Ranked
Leading Barrister of the Year 2017

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