Melissa Barlow

Year of Call: 1991
Email Address: melissa.barlow@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Overview

Melissa Barlow has over 20 years' experience in family law acting for Local Authorities, parents, guardians, children and prospective special guardians and adopters.

Her particular expertise includes:

  • Public law care proceedings
  • Secure accommodation
  • 16(4) Guardian cases
  • International and internal relocation
  • Emergency applications
  • Child arrangement orders
  • Children matters in the European Court of Human Rights.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Melissa has over 20 years' experience in family law acting for Local Authorities, parents, Guardians, children and prospective special guardians and adopters.

    Her particular expertise includes:

    • Public law care proceedings
    • Secure accommodation
    • 16(4) Guardian cases
    • International and internal relocation
    • Emergency applications
    • Child arrangement orders
    • Children matters in the European Court of Human Rights.

    Reported cases

    • YC v United Kingdom (2012) 55 EHRR 967
      Counsel for mother in appeal to ECHR. Case cited in B-S in relation to the fact that family ties should only be severed in very exceptional circumstances
    • Re B
      Secure accommodation: Inherent jurisdiction) (No. 2) [2013] EWHC 4655 (Fam)
      secure accommodation through the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
    • Y (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1337
      Appeal shortly after the decision in Re B-S. Did not appear at original hearing. Praised by Court of Appeal for pragmatic approach and for the constructive way forward suggested
    • Re L (a child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1239
      A successful appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of a half sibling asked to provide DNA in an attempt to establish the paternity of another half sibling, the man asserting paternity having refused to provide a sample himself.

    Other notable cases

    • XCC v A v B
      Represented a father who was found, during the course of proceedings, to have killed an earlier child. New child successfully rehabilitated to care of the parents
    • XCC v Y v Z
      Represented a Local Authority. Child suffered life changing shaking injuries at hands of his parents. Findings made against both parents including a deliberate failure to seek medical attention
    • XCC v D
    • XCC v T
      Secure accommodation sought for child approaching her 18th birthday. Violent boyfriend likely to cause her significant harm
    • XCC v B
      Case where foster parents seeking to care for child in long term, opposed by grandparents seeking special guardianship. Child placed permanently with foster parents
    • XCC v G
      Successfully established parents of child were half siblings in the absence of clear DNA evidence.

Recommendations

‘She has superb attention to detail.’

Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors.

'very experienced and gives clear, robust advice in a manner clients understand and respect'.

Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors.

'Level-headed and sensible'

Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Exon)
  • Dip Law City University
  • Bar Finals Inns Of Court School of Law

Professional qualifications & appointments

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