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Sasha Watkinson

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Sasha Watkinson - Deans Court Chambers


  • Highworth School
  • University of Liverpool
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Child Concern
  • Women In Family Law


  • Sir Thomas More Bursar
  • Hardwicke Scholar


Sasha undertakes public law work of the utmost seriousness, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, acting for local authorities, parents and children alike. She was instructed by a local authority to conduct existing care proceedings involving complex legal issues surrounding identification of perpetrators in finding of fact proceedings. She was later led by Susan Grocott QC in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the case now known as Re S-B UKSC17 [2010] 1 FLR 1161. She has also been led in High Court care proceedings involving the suspicious death of a child.

Alongside her public law work, Sasha also undertakes complex private law cases involving sexual abuse, implacable hostility and international relocation.

Notable Cases

  • Family

    Wigan Borough Council v M and Others (Veracity Assessments) [2016] 1 FLR 126

  • Family

    Wigan BC v M and Others (Sexual Abuse: Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC 6

  • Family

    Re S-B [2010] 1 FLR 1161 (Supreme Court)

What the directories say

‘Miss Watkinson is extremely thorough, knowledgeable and empathetic. Her advocacy skills are second to none and she has a particular strength at cutting through a case to reduce it to its core principles. She has a particular strength when it comes to cases of fabricated and induced illness, or cases involving serious allegations of abuse, both sexual and physical.’

Legal 500, 2021

‘ A skilled advocate. ’

Legal 500, 2020

‘Polished, calm and compelling in court.’

Legal 500, 2018


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