Teertha Gupta QC
“He’s charm personified, is fantastic with clients and is very friendly. He’s also a brilliant strategist and tactician.”
Chambers and Partners 2017
Year of Call: 1990
Year of Silk: 2012
Mill Hill School,London
Inns of Court School of Law.
Deputy High Court Judge 2016
Recorder (Civil, Crime and Family) 2009
Teertha has been a barrister for 24 years and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in March 2012 as a specialist Family practitioner in International Family Law, namely the international relocation of children, cross-border parental abduction, and representing adults where there are allegations of forced marriage or of being stranded abroad by the other spouse. International jurisdictional instruments and treaties (such as The Human Trafficking Convention 2005, The Hague Conventions and Brussels II Revised) as well as ‘fact finding’ in hotly contested domestic private and public law matters are also his forte. Teertha’s work is mainly in the Royal Courts of Justice in London: in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal. He has been involved in 6 full appeals in the UKSC/House of Lords and counting and has also made oral submissions in the ECJ.
Before he took silk, Teertha won two of the most prestigious awards at the Family Bar namely Chambers and Partners Family Junior of the Year in 2008 and in 2011 he won the Jordan’s Family Law Barrister of the Year Award 2011 (at the time he was the only junior to be shortlisted in a field of Queen’s Counsel).
In his first year of silk Teertha has already successfully led in the UK Supreme Court (Re T Children  UKSC 36 for CAFCASS). He is a senior trial advocate. Because of the confidential nature of his work he cannot name his private clients but he advises and represents people and children from all different walks of life, as well as institutions and charities (the latter pro bono). Advising in consultation on the law, the likely outcomes (which sometimes involves robust advice) and tactics are his routine work. Many of his private law cases involve parties of high net worth and hence a general understanding of the financial issues is vital but this is not Teertha’s established specialism – he is often brought in to conduct the litigation and orchestrate decisions over the children or jurisdiction in such cases and to ‘dovetail’ with the ancillary relief teams.
Teertha has been the Advocate to the Court as instructed by the Attorney General (Re S a child  EWHC 3013 (Fam) and intervening on behalf of the Attorney General in MA and JA and The Attorney General  EWHC 2219 (Fam).
Teertha has been interviewed on Radio Four: Face the Facts and Law in Action. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l7wq5 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/law_in_action/3965871.stm
Teertha has spoken in the House of Commons and was named by Lord Lester in the House of Lords as one of the four senior pro bono lawyers behind the Forced Marriage Civil Protection Bill which became a statute in 2007. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200607/ldhansrd/text/70126-0001.htm
Teertha also sits as a part time Circuit Judge (a Recorder) in the Criminal and Civil courts as well as in the Family courts- this experience helps him to understand the judicial thought process and what it is that judges may find relevant, when he is presenting a case as a senior barrister. Teertha also conducted many Criminal jury trials in the 1990’s, for example at the Old Bailey and this experience has proved most useful when cross-examining, as senior trial counsel, in the Family Courts.
Teertha has trained as a mediator and a collaborative lawyer. His aims are to be cost effective; to provide knowledgeable, unstuffy, straight forward advice; to try avoid litigation where possible and finally but most importantly in Court: to represent his clients persuasively and fearlessly.
Barristers Benevolent Association
Family Justice Council (Diversity sub-committee)
Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit
Member of The British Association of Sports Lawyers
Fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers
Focuses on international children disputes, both public and private, many of which involve forensic investigation. He is universally commended for his personable advocacy style and his prowess in the courtroom.
Strengths: “He’s charm personified, is fantastic with clients and is very friendly. He’s also a brilliant strategist and tactician.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
One of the most eminent silks for cross-border children matters, and has a particular reputation for his work in child abduction. Sources consistently praise his friendly and approachable manner, and admire his technical abilities.
Strengths: “A great tactician when it comes to international children work.” “Clients absolutely love him. He’s very friendly and they all report back they have massive confidence in him and really feel he’s listening to them.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“He has an incredible ability to strategise the case from start to finish, and he sees unique angles and nuances.”
Legal 500, 2016
A widely respected barrister who deals with the most complex and testing multi-jurisdictional matters. Child abduction cases are his strong suit.
Expertise: “A very smooth operator with gallons of charm and a great mind to match.” “We appreciate Teertha’s considerable experience and his ability to understand the nuances of each specific case and advise accordingly. He is both approachable and pragmatic, and clients always warm to him.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – Band 1
‘He combines knowledge and acumen with personal charm and the ability to think outside the box – a one-off.’
The Legal 500, 2015
Teertha Gupta QC ‘Charming and ferocious at the same time.’
The Legal 500, 2014
Has thrived since taking silk in 2012 and is highly respected for his work on cross-jurisdictional children cases.
Expertise: “A joy to work with, he’s knowledgeable and so very on the ball. He focuses on issues in order to ensure he gets a result for the client.” “He’s always available to talk and is very innovative in his solutions to problems.”
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of CAFCAS in the Supreme Court in Re: T. He successfully persuaded the Law Lords that the Court of Appeal was wrong in its analysis that costs follow the event in care cases.
Chambers & Partners 2014 – Band 1
Recommended as a Leading Silk in the area of Children law
The Legal 500, 2013
Teertha Gupta QC is an “exceptional advocate” whose ascension to silk in 2012 was, in the eyes of market observers, richly deserved. His principal area of focus is international children cases. Recent matters have included S (Wardship: Stranded Spouses), a case concerning a bride brought to the UK to marry a British citizen, who was then drugged and abandoned in Pakistan without a passport after giving birth.
Chambers & Partners 2013
International child abduction specialist Teertha Gupta QC’s recent QC appointment is ‘a formal confirmation of a standard that he has worked to for many years now’.
The Legal 500, 2012
Teertha Gupta is held in extremely high regard for his children work: “He is a solid advocate and the go-to junior for all international children work.” International child abduction and relocation matters are his forte, and solicitors flock to him as he has “not only first-class legal expertise, but also a delightful and charming style.”
Chambers and Partners 2012 – Band 1
Teertha Gupta is the ‘leading child abduction junior at the family Bar’
The Legal 500 2011 – Top Tier
Teertha Gupta is a premier junior for international children work. “He has an approachable and relaxed manner and knows exactly what he is doing,” sources say. They comment admiringly that “charm allied to brains always makes for a potent combination.”
Chambers & Partners 2011 – Band 1
Teertha Gupta represents a recent excellent hire for the set. Noted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and his interest in abduction and forced marriage, he is “an enthusiastic and thoroughly committed lawyer who gives it his all every time.
Chambers & Partners 2010 – Band 1
Teertha Gupta was voted as ‘Family Junior Barrister of the Year’
Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2008.
Recommended as a Leading Family Junior
The Legal 500, 2010
Teertha Gupta is, like Setright, mightily impressing peers and clients with his expert understanding of international child abduction, forced marriages and matters relating to stranded spouses. Widely regarded as ‘one of the leading juniors,’ he has ‘courage and tenacity when faced with the toughest challenges’.
Chambers & Partners 2009 – Band 1
Recommended as a Leading Family Junior
The Legal 500, 2009
Described as ‘the cat’s whiskers’ by opposing counsel for his combination of ‘sophisticated legal knowledge, good cross examination and effective case presentation’, Gupta spends much of his time on cross border disputes regarding children. In addition he has established himself as one of only a tiny handful of experts in the niche area of international forced marriages.
Chambers & Partners 2008
Gupta’s practice is heavily built on this topic and also child abduction cases. Clients find him ‘professional and expeditious’ singling him out as a ‘barrister who is going places’.
Chambers & Partners 2007
Gupta is a great favourite of the Home Office-Foreign Office’s Forced Marriage Unit and is known for both his accessibility and his ‘unflinching devotion to the cause’.
Chambers & Partners 2006
Teertha Gupta is ‘a rising star in international abduction work’.
The Legal 500, 2008
Teertha Gupta is highly recommended in forced marriage and child abduction matters.
The Legal 500, 2007
Teertha Gupta is widely viewed as the leading junior in forced marriage cases and is also highly recommended for his expertise in child abduction matters.
The Legal 500, 2006