“She is a tenacious advocate who readily gets to grips with tricky, gritty cases. She is particularly recommended for her work with alternative family structures.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Year of Call: 2004
Cambridge University MA Modern Languages
CPE London Metropolitan
French and German
Deputy District Judge (Civil) South Eastern Circuit 2015
Management committee of GALOP
Dorothea specialises in the law relating to children.
In private law work Dorothea is regularly instructed in cases with an international dimension where parents are seeking to relocate to another jurisdiction or opposing an application to permanently remove a child from this jurisdiction. Her private law work includes intractable contact disputes and cases concerning alleged parental alienation.
Dorothea’s practice also involves child abduction and she has been involved in decisions which have clarified the law in this area, for example Re B  UKSC 4 and Re M  EWCA Civ 26.
A further area of her international private law work is in the area of surrogacy and parental order applications involving s.54 of the HFEA 2008.
Her practice covers all areas of legal parenthood involving adoption and surrogacy and she has experience of representing those involved in difficult situations concerning recognition of parental status. Over the last year Dorothea has also represented fertility clinics in cases concerning applications for declarations of parentage arising out of issues of legal parenthood under the HFEA 2008 in particular the series of cases before the President of the Family Division in In the matter of HFEA 2008 (Cases A,B,D,E,F,G and H Declaration of Parentage)  EWHC 2602
She has particular experience of cases which begin as private law proceedings and where local authorities become involved.
In public law work Dorothea is regularly instructed on behalf of Local Authorities, parents and the children’s representatives in the most serious types of care proceedings involving findings of child sexual exploitation, serious injury and sexual abuse. She has a particular interest in questions of determination of the Court’s jurisdiction in public law cases with an international dimension.
She is instructed to appear at all levels of Court and has been involved in several cases in the Supreme Court.
Dorothea sits as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit.
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Affiliate Member of Resolution
‘She has an incredible eye for detail.’
Legal 500, 2017
Private and public law lawyer focusing on complex children issues, domestically and abroad. She is noted in particular for her expertise in cases involving issues of parentage.
Strengths: “She is a tenacious advocate who readily gets to grips with tricky, gritty cases. She is particularly recommended for her work with alternative family structures.”
Recent work: Represented the intervener Health Trust Barts in a case in which the applicant sought a declaration of parentage that he was the father of the child his partner had conceived at a fertility clinic.
Chambers & Partners 2017
‘She has a human touch while being professional and formidable in court.’
The Legal 500, 2016
‘She is extremely diligent, getting immediately stuck into heavyweight, complex cases.’
The Legal 500, 2015
‘A safe pair of hands in heavyweight, demanding and complex cases.’ Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
The Legal 500, 2014
Recommended as a Leading Junior in the area of Child Law
The Legal 500, 2013
Dorothea Gartland possesses ‘considerable intellectual acumen, and is extremely thorough’.
The Legal 500, 2012