Stephen Abberley

Year of Call: 2000
Email Address:
Telephone: 0121 289 4333
Clerk Name: Ian Charlton
Clerk Telephone: 0121 289 4333
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Care and Placement Proceedings

Stephen represents local authorities, parents and children in the County Court, High Court and at appellate level.

He has particular strength and expertise in cases involving complex medical issues and in those involving vulnerable adults with severe mental health illness or personality disorders. Furthermore, he has vast experience in Factitious Illness cases involving poisoning and induced suffocation.

He undertakes serious fact-finding cases and complex outcome hearings involving serious physical and sexual abuse, including cases involving shakes and resulting in baby fatalities.

As well as conventional public law children cases, Stephen also advises and appears in those with sensitive medical and ethical aspects for example, cases where the lawfulness of whether to resuscitate a child is at issue or where one parent has killed the other. These cases will routinely involve the cross examination of a number of medical experts from multi disciplines.

Stephen has represented parents from differing economic, cultural, social background and ages. Some may have issues such as drug, alcohol dependency, mental health difficulties, language difficulties or a combination of these problems. This frequently means he is involved in cases where there has been or evidence suggests :

  • Parental homicide
  • Child homicide
  • Alleged Non-Accidental Injury, including brain injury and fractures
  • Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Factitious Illness

International Children Cases

Stephen has considerable experience of cases involving:

• International Child Abduction
• Transfer issues across the EU
• Transfer Issues beyond the EU
• International Adoption.

Private Law Children Proceedings (privately funded)

Stephen has notable experience in applications for internal and international relocation.


‘Tenacious and calm under pressure.'
Legal 500 2020/Family and children - Midlands - Tier 1

"Respected for both his undertaking of public and private children law work and complex financial proceedings. Represents parents, children and authorities, advising them on care, placement and adoption proceedings as well as factitious illness, sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries."
Chambers UK 2020/Family - Band 2

"Respected for both his undertaking of public and private children law work and complex financial proceedings."
Chambers UK 2019/Family - Band 1

Recent work: "Highly experienced and approachable." "A highly respected individual."
Chambers UK 2018/Family - Band 1

“A highly respected individual”
Chambers UK 2017/Family

“Abberley is well respected for his work in both complex financial proceedings and sensitive public and private law children matters, and is particularly admired for his flexibility and welcoming manner with clients.”
Chambers UK 2016/Family

“He really gets to grips with the arguments.”
“I use him regularly and am always very impressed.”
Chambers UK 2015/Family

Expertise: “He is a highly capable advocate, tenacious and excellent with clients.”
“Stephen is knowledgeable, competent, very willing to assist and easy to contact.”
Chambers UK 2014/Family

“Stephen is particularly good at care proceedings”
Chambers UK 2013/Family







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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) University of Nottingham