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Anarkali Musgrave



Anarkali typically represents parents and children in complex and sensitive private law disputes. She specialises in cases where allegations of parental alienation have been made. Anarkali is noted for her poise, the rigour of her arguments and the strategic approach she brings to the issues in the case. 

Anarkali is a qualified children’s arbitrator and also accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis.


Anarkali is a popular, persuasive advocate who is regularly praised by judges at all levels for strong, on-point and sophisticated arguments. 

Anarkali is a specialist in private law proceedings involving parental alienation. She has extensive experience of some of the most serious, intractable and complex cases where children are separately represented, and changes of residence are being sought. Her expertise in and knowledge of this area is almost unparalleled; and the scope of her experience means that she is in a unique position to advise and represent parties on the best approach to their case. Anarkali is particularly valued for a tactical and strategic approach to high conflict and intractable cases.  

The quality of her intellectual analysis means that Anarkali is regularly instructed on appeals. One of her particular strengths is identifying the point on which a case will ‘turn’ where there are otherwise strong, competing and confusing arguments. Anarkali has experience of intra-jurisdictional and high-profile client work, where issues require particularly nuanced and sensitive handling.  

One of Anarkali’s strengths is her ability to work with clients from all backgrounds and cultures. She is known for superb client care, providing realistic advice whilst also guiding them carefully through the case. 


“Anarkali is forensic and thorough with the evidence and sees points of argument which no one else has seen. She is flawless in court and her client care is always well attuned to the specific needs of the individual.” Legal 500, 2024 Ranked: Tier 4

“Highly experienced, robust in court and good at cross-examination, she thinks fast on her feet. Clients like her as she’s very empathetic with them. She is a barrister who’s generous with her time; you can ring her up, bounce ideas off her and ask for a second opinion.” Chambers and Partners 2023

“Anarkali Musgrave is an excellent advocate, who’s well prepared and wonderful with anxious clients too.” Chambers and Partners 2023

“Anarkali is a sharp and robust advocate. She is always one step ahead of her opponent.” Legal 500 2023

“She is a leading advocate in the realm of parental alienation in children cases, and her knowledge in this area is hard to beat.” Legal 500 2023

Practice Areas

Public Law Children

Private Law Children

International Family Law

Court of Protection

Education and Professional Memberships

City University BVC 

Oxford Brookes University CPE 

Oxford University Literae Humaniores 




Re X and others (children) (agreed transfer of residence) F v M and others [2021] EWFC 18 

Re C-D (a child) [2020] EWCA Civ 501 

Re H (parental alienation) [2019] EWHC 2723 

Re L (A Child) [2019] EWHC 867 (Fam)