Shiva started life at the bar in a general common law chambers and gained broad experience in criminal and civil work including family for the first 9 years of her practice. Her developing family practice and her growing reputation resulted in a move to a specialist family set in 2000 and the decision to practice exclusively in family law.
She has extensive experience in care proceedings and undertakes very complex cases including non-accidental injury cases. She also regularly represents vulnerable parents at times through the Official Solicitor.
Shiva is well known at the family bar as a forceful and persuasive advocate who fights very hard for her clients. She is very good at gaining the confidence and trust of both her solicitors and clients.
Shiva also undertakes forced marriage, child abduction work and adoptions.
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.
She has lectured to social workers and solicitors over a number of years on a range of developments in family law as well as providing training to social workers on court procedure and giving evidence.
Outside of work, Shiva is a former trustee of Wycombe Women’s Aid.
‘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
She is ‘A dedicated barrister who is very well respected.’ ‘She’s organised, clear and concise.’ Chambers and Partners 2020
LLB (Hons) – Birmingham City University
Bar Vocational Course
CIArb Children Arbitration course
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Bar Council Remuneration Committee
‘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)
 EWCA Civ 1845
Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment)
 EWCA Civ 992
London Borough of Brent v D and Ors
 EWHC 2452 (Fam)
LB Hounslow v M and F
 EWFC B214
Re H (A Child) (Analysis of Realistic Options and SGOs)
 EWCA Civ 406
Re B (Placement Order)
 EWFC B180
GO v EN & Ors
 EWHC 3622 (Fam)
Local Authority 1 & Others v AF (Mother) & Others
 EWHC 2042 (Fam)
Re: W (Minor) (Contact application:procedure)
Re ZZ and Others
 EWFC 9
London Borough of Camden D (Mother) & Ors
 EWHC B35 (Fam)
B (Children), Re
 EWCA Civ 701
Below are some articles written by Shiva.