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Siobhan F Kelly

Call 1995

About Me

Siobhan is a specialist family practitioner and has extensive experience in all aspects of the law relating to children. Her main area of practice lies in acting for parents and children in public law proceedings. She is frequently instructed to represent young mothers within care proceedings.
Siobhan is regularly instructed on highly complex matters including those involving the death of children, extensive medical evidence, allegations of non-accidental injury and extreme sexual abuse. She has detailed knowledge of cases related to factitious illness by proxy and cases in which there are parallel criminal proceedings.
Siobhan has a particular familiarity with representing children in private law applications. She represents parents within any private law parental disputes, with a specific emphasis on applications for domestic and international relocation.
Siobhan is experienced in cases involving the international movement of children including both convention and non-convention abduction cases and other matters with an international element.
Siobhan also undertakes court of protection cases and is trained to undertake direct access work.

In 2019, Siobhan was appointed as a Deputy District Judge as well as a Recorder.

Human Rights


University of Kent at Canterbury
College of Law
Inns of Court school of Law

Professional Memberships

Co-Chair Association of Lawyers for Children
Child and Family Law Quarterly Editorial Board
Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Advisory Council

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Middle Temple


Deputy District Judge


A Local Authority v The Mother & Ors [2020] EWHC 1233 (Fam)

C (Children : Covid-19: Representation) [2020] EWCA Civ 734

K (Threshold – Cocaine Ingestion – Failure to give evidence) [2020] EWHC 2502 (Fam)

Re TA (A child) [2016] EWFC 21 (Fam)

Re R BL (A Child) (Supervision Order) [2015] Lexis Citation 47
A&B (Children)
[2013] EWHC 4150 (Fam)
A & B (Children)
[2014] EWHC 818 (Fam)
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham v SG & Ors
[2014] EWHC 3761
A Local Authority v J
[2008] EWHC 1484 (Fam)
Westminster City Council v RA, B AND S
[2005] EWHC 970 (Fam)
RE S (Identification: Restrictions on Publication)
[2003] EWCA Civ 963
Re M (Intractable Contact Dispute: Interim Care Order)
[2003] EWHC 1024 (Fam)

‘She assimilates voluminous, complex papers quickly and effectively, so is always on top of the papers and the case.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘A common-sense advocate who makes complicated issues understandable for judges, witnesses and clients.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘She works collaboratively to ensure guardian instructions are properly reflected in position statements and orally before the court.’ Chambers & Partners, 2022

‘Amazingly robust, she gets through to the root of the case and is incredibly effective. She is well known for effecting change by drafting consultation responses for organisations and being at the forefront of the profession.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘A force to be reckoned with who will fight hard for the client.’ Chambers & Partners, 2021


Junior Barrister of the Year
Shortlisted 2016 Awards

family law awards