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Bianca Jackson

Barrister
Call 2012

About Me

Bianca has a busy and diverse practice in all aspects of children law.

Public Children Law

Bianca regularly acts in public law cases, representing parents, grandparents, intervenors, competent children, guardians, and local authorities. She has extensive experience in complex proceedings, including allegations of non-accidental injury, fabricated or induced illness, female genital mutilation, and serious physical and sexual abuse. She is also adept at representing very vulnerable clients, such as those with significant learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, and/or different communication styles/languages (including deaf parents).

Bianca is the co-author of Public Law: Contemporary Issues, which was published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018, and frequently writes articles and lectures on topics in public children law.

Private Children Law

Bianca has a thriving private law practice, representing parents, step-parents, grandparents, and children in contentious disputes. She is very experienced in dealing with cases involving intractable contact, parental alienation, and residence disputes, as well as enforcement proceedings.

Bianca has expertise in cases where domestic violence/abuse features and acts for both survivors and alleged perpetrators. She has helped her lay clients achieve findings of rape, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and child abuse against their ex-partners, even where it is solely the victim’s word against that of the abuser. Likewise, she regularly assists parents who have been falsely accused of domestic violence to successfully challenge the allegations made.    

Bianca is often instructed in cases where there is an international element, including abduction proceedings (both Hague and non-Hague) and relocation applications.

Alternative Families, Assisted Reproduction and Legal Parenthood

Bianca is the head of the Alternative Families Practice Group in chambers and has a particular proficiency in surrogacy law, assisted reproduction, and legal parenthood. She has acted in some of the most cutting-edge cases in this complex area of law, regularly appearing in the High Court, and has been instructed as an expert to provide advice in proceedings.

Bianca sits on the Ethics Board of Surrogacy UK, and is a member of the Family Law Institute and the Modern Parenting Network. She is highly knowledgeable about the medical science, case law, and the statutory provisions related to assisted reproduction, and has lectured and published numerous articles on the subject.

Bianca has a specific interest in proceedings involving children and parents who identify as trans or gender non-binary, and has collaborated on seminars with the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman Foundation.

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” and “could not be improved upon” 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.
Bianca is very committed to public access to justice. She is a volunteer and Pro Bono Champion for the Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), and provides training seminars to the volunteers of LawWorks. She is on the advisory board of the Rights of Women, and was recently elected to sit on the Ethics Board of Surrogacy UK. In 2015, she won the Jordan’s Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.
Bianca accepts instructions from members of the public under the Direct/Public Access scheme.
Children (public and private)
Assisted Reproduction, Surrogacy and Legal Parenthood
Alternative Families
International

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
Surrogacy UK
Family Law Institute
Modern Parenting Network
The Advocate (formerly the 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

Books

Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues (Bloomsbury: 2018) [co-authored with Alexander Laing]

 

Articles

‘“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”: An overview of co-parenting and same-sex couples,’ Family Law (7 May 2019)
‘“Wait a Minute, Mr Postman”: Post-Adoption Contact after the Children and Families Act 2014,’ Family Law Week (21/09/2018)
‘“If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?”: The Harassment of Cafcass and Local Authority Workers in Family Law Proceedings,’ Family Law Week (15/11/2016)
‘Alternative Families and Child Arrangement Orders,’ (webinar), Family Law Week (23/10/2016)
‘Mending Rainbows: Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community/Communities,’ Family Law Week (09/03/2016) [co-authored with Lucinda Wicks]

‘Band-aids for bullet holes: pro bono legal services post-LASPO,’ Family Law (04 NOV 2016)

‘Personal Protection under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996,’ (webinar), Family Law Week (19/02/2016)
“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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E, A & N (Children- Domestic Violence) [2018] EWFC B91 (18 May 2018)
DM and LK [2016] EWHC 270 (Fam) (13 January 2016)
A & B (No 2 -Parental Order) [2015] EWHC 2080 (Fam) (17 July 2015)
A & B (No 1 -Fact finding judgment) [2015] EWHC 1059 (Fam) (20 April 2015)

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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