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Shiva Ancliffe QC, MCIArb

Year of Silk 2021

About Me

Shiva Ancliffe QC is a tenacious, standout new silk, specialising in all aspects of private law children cases including complex fact-finding hearings, parental alienation and those with an international element. She has considerable experience in public law care proceedings and undertakes very complex cases including non-accidental injury, serious sexual abuse, and factitious illness. Her practice also involves, forced marriage, child abduction and adoption. Shiva has a growing arbitration practice and her wealth of experience in private children matters as well as her fair approach make her ideally suited for children’s arbitration work.

Private Children
Public Children
Direct Access
Dispute Resolution


LLB (Hons) – Birmingham City University
Bar Vocational Course
CIArb Children Arbitration course





Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Lincolns Inn
Association of Lawyers for Children
Bar Council Remuneration Committee

‘She’s tenacious and leaves no stone unturned. Whether it’s a litany of unattractive allegations or complex medical evidence, she will quickly get the measure of them.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘An effective, hard-working cross-examiner and negotiator who always has her clients in the forefront of her mind.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘She is knowledgeable, helpful and works effectively to put forward cohesive cases.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘I’d like to reiterate how grateful I am for all of Shiva’s support and guidance on this case- there is no way we could have got through it without you!’ Lay client, via Creightons and Partners

‘Shiva’s performance in court was one of the few times in my partner’s life where she could recall someone truly advocating on her behalf.’ Direct Access client

‘Thanks so much for everything you have done on this case so far. You’re the game changer as ever and I am fortunate to have been able to instruct you.’ Lay client, via Creightons and Partners

‘Is a very strong advocate with an impressive eye to detail. She is well respected by other counsel and clients. She is able to provide strong representation in complex cases and is easy to work with.’ Legal 500, 2021

‘Calm, sensible and particularly good at managing vulnerable clients’ expectations.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘She has good technical and forensic skills, and is able to manage difficult clients and people.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘Shiva is an excellent barrister, with a really no-nonsense approach. She’s committed to her clients and is sensible and pragmatic. She’s good when tensions are quite high in a case’ Chambers and Partners, 2019

Re S (A child)
[2019] EWCA Civ 1845

Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment)
[2018] EWCA Civ 992

London Borough of Brent v D and Ors
[2017] EWHC 2452 (Fam)
LB Hounslow v M and F
[2015] EWFC B214
Re H (A Child) (Analysis of Realistic Options and SGOs)
[2015] EWCA Civ 406
Re B (Placement Order)
[2014] EWFC B180
GO v EN & Ors
[2014] EWHC 3622 (Fam)
Local Authority 1 & Others v AF (Mother) & Others
[2014] EWHC 2042 (Fam)
Re: W (Minor) (Contact application:procedure)
FD 12.10.99
Re ZZ and Others
[2014] EWFC 9
London Borough of Camden D (Mother) & Ors
[2013] EWHC B35 (Fam)
B (Children), Re
[2002] EWCA Civ 701


Chambers UK Bar
Leading junior 2020

Chambers UK Bar
Leading junior 2019

Chambers UK Bar
Leading junior 2018