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Alison Woodward

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Alison Woodward - Deans Court Chambers


  • Cheadle Hulme School
  • Sheffield University
  • Inns of Court School of Law


  • Recorder 2012 (Public Family Law, Private Family Law)

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit
  • FLBA
  • Child Concern


Having established a busy family practice at Hollins Chambers in Manchester in 2001 Alison moved to Deans Court Chambers where she has won a formidable reputation as an exceptional children law practitioner. Alison is frequently instructed in the most complex public law proceedings in which the central issues include exceptionally grave non-accidental injuries and death of children, serious sexual abuse including historic allegations, chronic neglect and factitious and/or induced illness.

Popular with local authorities, Alison also represents both parents and children. She has particular experience in cases where there are cross cultural issues.

Alongside her busy public law practice, Alison also undertakes complex private law cases involving implacable hostility to contact and international relocation.

Alison has recently been involved in the leading case relating to the electronic tagging of parents in care proceedings.

Alison’s expertise attracts regular invitations to give seminars to solicitors and social workers on law and practice.

Notable Cases

  • Family

    Re X (Children) and Re Y (Children) (No 1) (2015) EWHC 2265 (Fam)

  • Family

    Re J, A, M, and X 2013 EWCA 4648 (Fam)

  • Family

    AP v DP

    (Relocation: Retention of Jurisdiction) [2010] 1 FLR 1851

  • Family

    Re F

    (Children: DNA evidence) [2008] 1 FLR 348

  • Family

    X Council v B

    (Emergency Protection Orders) [2005] 1 FLR 341

  • Family

    Re D and K

    (Care Plan: Twin Track Planning) [1999] 2 FLR 872

What the directories say

‘She has particular expertise in cases involving cross-cultural issues.’

Legal 500, 2017

Best known for her expertise in representing parents and children on public children matters, although she can also take on private disputes. She regularly undertakes cases involving neglect, serious injury and sexual abuse. "She is undoubtedly extremely experienced at children work. Well respected by judges, and user-friendly for both professional and lay clients." "Really good for children work."

Chambers UK, 2017

'Highly recommended for public law children cases'

Legal 500, 2016

Widely respected barrister for her involvement in public children law of a very serious nature, such as complex multiparty cases, non-accidental injuries, sexual abuse cases and induced illness. Also handles complicated private law cases that occasionally involve cross-cultural elements. "She is someone you would say is a leading expert in her field. She is the most sought-after member at the set for children work. She has a really good reputation both with solicitors and the judiciary for her attention to detail and knowledge." "She is extremely good. If you are against her you know it is going to be a tough battle because she is meticulous."

Chambers UK, 2016

Continues to forge a strong reputation in care proceedings and private law children's cases involving cultural issues. Acts for local authorities, parents and children. "She's sensitive and able to put even the most difficult and distressed clients at ease."

Chambers UK, 2015

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