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Martha Cover

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 served as Head of Chambers at Coram from 2010-2020.
Human Rights


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
Gray’s Inn

‘Impactful in court and brings clarity to cases. She discerns realistic options for moving forward.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘Martha is thorough and attuned to the complexities of children’s cases.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘She always has the next question prepared and catches out witnesses in a charming way.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘Very good with vulnerable clients – brings a depth and range of knowledge to any matter.’ Legal 500, 2021

‘A barrister who has never lost her desire to try and ensure that justice is done for those whose voices aren’t heard.” Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Particularly good on complex cases where the evidence is unclear, she analyses the material thoroughly.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘Martha is great to work with, fantastic at relating to vulnerable clients, and someone who understands complex cultural issues.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘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

‘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

‘A calm and authoritative figure with excellent legal knowledge’Legal 500, 2012

‘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.


Family: Children
Leading junior 2020

Family: Children
Leading junior 2020

Legal Aid Lawyer Awards
Barrister of the Year 2018

Family: Children
Leading junior 2019

Family: Children
Leading junior 2019

Family: Children
Leading junior 2018

Family: Children
Leading junior 2018

Family: Children
Leading junior 2017