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Heather Hobson

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Heather Hobson - Deans Court Chambers


  • Withington Girls school. Manchester
  • Kings College London
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Child Concern


Heather specialises exclusively in family work, both private client and public law proceedings. She represents parents, children and local authorities. She is regularly instructed in cases of complex factual and medical issues, often appearing against leading counsel. She has extensive experience of complex financial remedy proceedings and private law children cases including international relocation.

Notable Cases

  • Family

    LCC v R

    Case involving allegations that the family were travelling to Syria and that the f’s extreme views placed the children at risk of significant harm. Led by SG QC. 

  • Family

    Blackpool Borough Council v A (A Child) (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC 9

    Represented intervenor in proceedings relating to the death of a child

  • Family

    A (Secure Accommodation) [2014] EWFC B90

    Represented LA in proceedings for secure accommodation order. Proceedings identified the paucity of secure welfare beds

  • Family

    Halton BC v A & G [2014]

    Represented child in 14 day hearing in the High Court before HHJ O’Leary. Case involved a rehearing of a fact finding and welfare disposal involving two profoundly deaf parents

  • Family

    Represented husband in ancillary relief proceedings involving complex family settlements, taxation issues and matters of public policy

  • Family

    Represented husband in protracted and hostile ancillary relief proceedings involving employee benefit trusts, company valuations, disposal of assets and injunctions.

  • Family

    Represented children in proceedings involving the unlawful killing of the mother by the father.

  • Family

    Represented children in serious non accidental injury cases involving the death of another child

  • Family

    Represented Local Authority in serious and complex proceedings involving historic allegations of sexual abuse

  • Family

    Re: K

    Mother’s anxiety - [1999] 2 FLR 703

  • Family

    Re: O and J

    Paternity: blood test [2001] FLR 418

  • Family

    Re: G

    Litigation in person [2003] 2 FLR 693

  • Family

    Re: L (Family Proceedings Court appeal jurisdiction) [2005] 1 FLR 210

    Family Proceedings Court appeal jurisdiction [2005] 1 FLR 210

  • Family

    Lancashire County Council v D and E

    [2010] 2 FLR 196

  • Family

    Re A and B

    One parent killed by the other [2011] 1FLR 783

What the directories say

Acts for parents, children and local authorities on public and private family law, and has experience working on international cases. She also regularly advises on financial remedy disputes. "She is friendly and has a hands-on approach." "A very accomplished advocate who responds quickly to queries."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘Experienced in complex financial remedy proceedings.’

Legal 500, 2017

Acts for parents, children and local authorities on public and private family law, and has experience working on international cases. She also regularly advises on financial remedy disputes. "Deals very thoroughly with large quantities of information and presents it in a manageable form." "Extremely articulate and impressive advocate in complex private children cases."

Chambers UK, 2017

'Excellent in cross-jurisdictional relocation cases.'

Legal 500, 2016

Acts for a wide range of clients in public law children matters with regards to fatal and serious injuries. Also deals with some private law children cases and matrimonial finance aspects. "She does heavyweight cases and is very good. She is extremely thorough in preparation and a brave advocate." "She is intellectually able, very approachable and has a good level of service."

Chambers UK, 2016

'Her practice covers non-accidental injuries to children, historical sexual abuse and international relocation matters' 'specialises in matrimonial finance and private children law.'

Legal 500, 2015

Sspecialises in matrimonial finance and private children law.

Legal 500, 2014

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