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Peter Rothery

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Peter Rothery - Deans Court Chambers


  • King James’s School, Almondbury
  • Greenhead College, Huddersfield
  • University College, Oxford
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Northern Circuit


Peter is an experienced Family Law practitioner who has a busy and varied practice encompassing both the welfare and financial aspects of the specialism. Peter has an enviable reputation in child protection work where he is in demand for the most complex cases. He undertakes work in all areas of family finance and property (including financial remedy proceedings, cohabitation disputes and claims under the Inheritance Act) and has a particular interest in complex cases involving wills, trusts and equitable principles.

Peter is highly regarded as a practitioner in public law children work. He acts frequently for local authorities and has considerable experience of acting on behalf of children, parents, relatives and intervenors. He has particular experience of cases involving child deaths, serious inflicted injury and complex medical evidence, appearing regularly in the High Court. Peter has particular experi-ence of cases with an international element. He undertakes judicial review and claims under the Human Right Act in the context of local authority child protection duties.

In the field of family finance and property, Peter is particularly in demand for cases in which issues of both family and chancery law are engaged, having experience in Chancery Division as well as the family courts. He has developed expertise in financial remedy cases involving third party disputes over the ownership of property, high value Trusts of Land cases and Inheritance Act claims. He is able to undertake contentious probate work when it arises in a family context.

Peter’s rigorous intellect, clarity of thought and calm, sensitive demeanour contribute to a persuasive style which is put to good effect both in and out of court.

Notable Cases

  • Family

    Lancashire County Council v E & F [2020]EWHC 182 (fam)

    Peter Rothery represented the Children in a case about third party disclosure from religious groups into care proceedings, which appears to be the first reported decision on the issue. Jehovah’s Witnesses resisted disclosure of information about allegations of sexual abuse made about a father who was a member of their congregation. Mrs Justice Lieven rejected the contention that the material was covered by a common law privilege against disclosing information obtained during confession or spiritual counselling and held that the article 6 and 8 rights of the children outweighed the article 9 rights of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to respect for their religious practices.

  • Family

    Cumbria County Council v Q (Injuries to Infant with Bone Disorder) [2015] EWFC 59 (08 July 2015)

    Child sustained head injury and older fractures which were found by Peter Jackson J to result from a vitamin D deficiency. Represented Local authority.

  • Family

    V (A Child): Fact-Finding [2015] EWFC 14 (02 February 2015)

    Serious sexual abuse of a 2 ½ year old girl. Peter Jackson J approved local authority decision not to seek to identify a perpetrator. Represented local authority.

  • Family

    Blackpool Borough Council v A (A Child) (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC 9 (29 January 2015)

    Death of a child who had sustained multiple injuries including fatal head injuries before Holman J. Represented mother.

  • Family

    J, A , M And X (Children) [2013] EWHC 4648 (Fam) (22 February 2013)

    Permission to withdraw care proceedings arising from a head injury to a child where an older sibling was a potential perpetrator. Cobb J considers circumstances in which permission to withdraw should be given where threshold may be crossed. Represented child.

  • Family

    S (Children: care proceedings) [2014] EWFC 2 (11 April 2014)

    High Court care proceedings involving litigant in person before Russell J. Represented local authority.

  • Family

    A-W & C (Children) [2013] EWHC B41 (Fam) (07 October 2013)

    Appeared for child in High Court care proceedings in which the lawfulness of the exercise of powers of police protection was considered. Court made declaration that the local authority had acted in breach of the mother’s article 6 and article 8 rights in failing to issue proceedings for a care order promptly upon the child’s birth to put the matter before the court and instead awaiting the exercise by the police of their powers of protection to secure a removal.

  • Family

    B-C & Ors (Children) [2014] EWHC 2997 (Fam) (16 June 2014)

    Acted for father in a Brussels II R case where issue was whether care proceedings should be transferred to Portugal for hearing.

What the directories say

‘Eloquent, persuasive and analytical.’

Legal 500, 2018

‘A strong and charming advocate.’

Legal 500, 2017

'Experienced in representing local authorities.'

Legal 500, 2016

A very accomplished barrister; direct and forthright, but with an excellent manner with clients

Legal 500, 2015


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