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Poonam Bhari

Year of Call: 1999
Email Address: poonam.bhari@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Poonam appears in the Family Court and specialises in public law children cases where there are allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, death of a parent. Poonam undertakes cases with an international element including forced marriage and child abduction cases.

Poonam acts for parents, children’s guardians, the Official Solicitor and local authorities in public law children cases. Poonam has represented clients with mental health and learning difficulties and clients from minority ethnic groups.

During 2000-2005 Poonam undertook criminal and immigration law cases. She represented the Home Office and appellants in immigration hearings before the tribunal in relation to both asylum and human rights claims.

Poonam undertakes voluntary work. She has reviewed cases for the Bar Prop Bono Unit. Poonam was a Trustee of Legal Action Group (Charity) from 2004 to 2016 and Chair of the Board of Trustees for over 10 years.  Poonam has been an Executive Committee member of the Association of Lawyers for Children.

Poonam was a former schoolteacher and special educational needs co-coordinator before retraining as a barrister.

Reported Cases

Immigration cases – unreported

  • Hassan v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [17.07.2001] HX/19029/2001
  • Begum v Entry Clearance Officer (Islamabad) [24.07.2001] TH/22144/01
  • Luma v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [31.10.2001] CC-14839-01
  • Chiejina v Entry Clearance Officer (Lagos) [03.10.2001] TH/30071/2001
  • Hamed v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [22.01.2002] UKIAT CC/34720/2002
  • Nawaz v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [21.05.2002] HX/60851/2000
  • Garrido v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [15.03.2002] HX/03103/2002
  • Shirazi v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [28.03.2002] HX/17673/2001
  • Sadeghi v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [11.09.2003] HX/37386/2002



  • Recommendations

    ‘Her client handling is excellent.’
    Legal 500 2021/Child Law (public and private) - Midlands

    ‘A superb advocate.’
    Legal 500 2021/Children Law (including public and private law) - London

    ‘A strong family law generalist.’
    Legal 500 2020/Family and Children Law - Midlands

    ‘Outstanding with clients and an excellent advocate.'
    Legal 500 2020/Children Law (including public and private law) - Tier 4 - London

    "A family law specialist"
    Legal 500 2018/19/Family and Children Law - Tier 1 - Midlands

    "An empathetic advocate"
    Legal 500 2018/19/Children Law (including public and private law) - Tier 4 - London

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Academic qualifications

  • B.Ed (Hons)
  • MA in Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Bar Vocational Course

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Trained Mediator (CALM Mediation)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Professional bodies

  • The General Council of the Bar (Elected Member 2006-2008; Member of GMC and various Bar Council committees)
  • Middle Temple
  • Midland Circuit
  • Family Law Association (West Midlands); FLBA committee member 2006-2008
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Legal Action Group (Charity) member 2004-2016; Chair of Board of Trustees 2006-2016
  • Association of Lawyers for Children executive committee member 2016-2018
  • British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
  • West London Law Society

Direct Access

Poonam Bhari is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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