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Judith Pepper

Call 1999 | Barrister


Judith’s practice frequently involves complex care proceedings and adoption. She also undertakes cases involving vulnerable adults. She has extensive experience in private law family work, particularly representing children in cases involving serious allegations of harm. Judith is noted for her ability to get on top of legal and factual issues quickly.


Judith has a strong practice in complex public law proceedings. She specialises in care proceedings involving non-accidental injury, allegations of sexual abuse, factitious/induced illness, domestic violence including when one parent has killed the other parent, and placement outside the jurisdiction. She is also often instructed in cases involving adoption and is regularly asked to advise in complicated care proceedings and adoption proceedings.  Judith has particular experience in care proceedings involving parallel criminal proceedings. 

A particular interest is that of siblings in care proceedings and adoption. Judith has written articles on this topic and has presented training on this issue including co-presenting for the Judicial College alongside Professor Daniel Monk.   

Judith is also instructed in private law proceedings which includes cases concerning alleged parental alienation and intractable contact disputes.  She has particular experience of cases which began as private law proceedings which then become subject to local authority involvement. 

Judith also undertakes work involving the Court of Protection and vulnerable adults, especially cases involving forced marriage.  She has written articles and provided training on the topic of forced marriage.  

Judith is known as a persuasive and accessible advocate with an attention to detail and a straightforward manner. 

Judith regularly presents lectures and seminars on current issues of child law. 

Judith is a Trustee and Treasurer of the charity ‘I Can Be’.


“Judith is an incredibly talented barrister, especially when it comes to matters which require significant forensic evidence challenging. She really is able to look at both the small minutiae but also the larger picture, allowing the lay client to have a well-rounded, full representation.” Legal 500 2024, Ranked: Tier 4

“Judith’s knowledge of the law is excellent as is her professionalism. She is extremely hard-working and goes out of her way to assist the client and instructing solicitor.” Chambers and Partners 2023

“Judith is an incredible advocate. She is able to deal with her examination in chief in a very-sensitive way but still was effective in bringing out all the points that needed dealing with.” Legal 500 2023

Practice Areas

International Family Law

Local Authority

Private Law Children

Public Law Children

Court of Protection

Education and Professional Memberships

King’s College London, LLB Hons (1998) 

Inns of Court School of Law (1999) 

University College London, LLM (Merit) (2002) 

Family Law Bar Association 

Middle Temple 

Association of Lawyers for Children 

Court of Protection Practitioners Association


A Local Authority v C [2019] EWHC 1782 (Fam)

Re AK and MK (Fact Finding) (Physical Injuries) [2013] EWHC 3158 (Fam)

A Council v B and Ors [2007] EWHC 2688 (Fam)

A Council v B and Ors [2007] EWHC 2395 (Fam)


‘Very thorough and meticulous. She is very helpful in complex cases where a fact-finding hearings are required’ Legal 500 2022


Recorder, Family, South Eastern (2022)