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Justin Gray
Call 1993
Specialisms: Family, Mental Health, Administrative and Public
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Justin Gray


  • All areas of children law, including public law proceedings, adoption, private disputes including school  and relocation cases, financial claims for children, and  surrogacy, with particular experience and interest in the international movement of children;
  • Mental capacity, vulnerable adults, forced marriage, and other Court of Protection matters;
  • Judicial review in children matters, particularly relating to their support and protection from local authorities.


  • R (Anton) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department; Re Anton [2004] EWHC 2730/2731 (Admin/Fam) [2005] 2 FLR 818 High Court Queen’s Bench Division - decision of Munby J determining the interrelation of family proceedings with UK immigration controls
  • Re S; Newcastle City Council v Z [2005] EWHC 1490 (Fam) [2007] 1 FLR 861 High Court Family Division - whether a religious objection of a birth parent can act as a bar to an application to free her child for adoption
  • Re F (Interim Care Order) [2007] EWCA Civ 516 [2007] 2 FLR 891 Court of Appeal (led by Eleanor Hamilton QC) - proportionality of response in public law to the level of risk of harm
  • Re C (unreported) - proceedings concerning detrimental press coverage that a morbidly obese child was receiving from the world’s media, and subsequently care proceedings in respect of his weight and the continuing press intrusion
  • Re EB [2008] EWHC 1324 (Fam) High Court Family Division - acting on behalf of a foreign government seeking the return of a foundling abducted to the UK, and considering the relevance of the country of origin's concept of welfare to English family proceedings
  • Re T (A Child) [2008] EWCA Civ 1517 High Court Family Division and Court of Appeal -  whether a father should be made aware of the birth of his child born to his wife, the mother seeking adoption
  • NCC v Z, Y, X (By her Children’s Guardian) and the Government of the Republic of Kenya [2009] EWHC 498 (Fam) [2009] 2 FLR 696 High Court Family Division - disclosure of public law documents to a foreign entity
  • Re J (Children) (Care proceedings: threshold criteria) [2013] UKSC 9 Supreme Court (led by Stephen Cobb QC) – appeal from the Court of Appeal in relation to the interpretation of the threshold criteria provisions in Children Act 1989 section 31
  • Re S (A Child) [2014] EWHC 4643 (Fam) Family Division - wardship proceedings to secure return of a child abducted to a European country in view of the reluctance of the destination country to invoke Hague Convention procedures
  • R (C) v Northumberland County Council & The Information Commissioner [2015] EWHC (Admin) 2134 Administrative Court (led by Karen Steyn QC) - resisting judicial review of local authority policy as to retention of child protection records
  • Re T (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 842 Court of Appeal - successful appeal of findings of sexual abuse based on flawed medical evidence
  • Re A, B, C, E & F [2017] EWHC 35 (Fam) (led by Nick Stonor QC) - decision of the President as to the effect of the residual parental responsibility remaining with natural parents following a Scottish permanence order, where the child is to be adopted in England


"He is astute to the legal issues and his advocacy is excellent." "Bright and intelligent. He prepares well and is very personable. He is really good with clients." Chambers & Partners 2019

"Highly recommended for children law cases with international elements." Legal 500 2019

"A very measured and bright advocate." "He is an absolute master in preparation and he is very reliable." Chambers UK 2018

"Specialises in children law" Legal 500 2017

“A respected advocate who handles the full range of children law, and has particular specialisms in adoption, surrogacy, forced marriage and international relocation. Also handles cases concerning vulnerable adults and other Court of Protection matters.He has a good brain and is very good on complex technical issues. Great in court, really excellent." Chambers UK 2017

"He is incredibly thorough and always well prepared – a very effective advocate" Legal 500 2016

" get the full package with him" Chambers UK 2016

"His attention to detail is second to none" Legal 500 2015

"Focuses his practice on children law, although he is also highly respected for his handling of Court of Protection matters involving vulnerable adults. He has succeeded in establishing himself as a proficient child care practitioner and has considerable expertise in cases which feature cross-border aspects. "He is an excellent advocate who gets immediately to the core of an issue." Chambers UK 2015

"Handles a number of significant and sensitive cases, including allegations of sexual abuse, the protection of vulnerable adults, and contested adoption and care proceedings. He is brilliant for the really complex stuff relating to children law, particularly jurisdictional complexities. He's extremely good on his feet." Chambers UK 2014

"Recommended for children law cases" Legal 500 2013


  • Chairman of the North East Family Law Bar Association 2014-2016
  • Bar representative on the Northumbria Local Family Justice Board
  • Bar representative on the Newcastle Courts Family Practitioner’s Forum


Justin frequently contributes to Trinity's ongoing programme of family lectures and seminars, and also speaks to local law societies. Recent topics have included interim care orders; removal of children from the jurisdiction; media attendance in family cases; looked after children; the revised Public Law Outline; continuing development of the law relating to non-consensual adoption; transparency in the family courts; court and presentation training for social workers; drafting techniques in relation to the threshold criteria.


BA (Hons) University College London.


Practised at Renaissance Chambers in London from 1994-2002.