‘She couples the ability to be appropriately tenacious with a down-to-earth pragmatism.’
Legal 500, 2017
Top Tier

Experience

Year of Call: 1990

Education

LLB (Hull)
Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
Trained Family Mediator

Appointments

Recorder 2012

Profile

Barbara is a specialist family practitioner with am emphasis in Children cases. She is regularly instructed by Local Authorities and Guardians in complex care proceedings. In addition, she has extensive experience advising and acting for parties in private law proceedings often with an international element in the High Court. Barbara is an experienced family mediator, collaboratively trained counsel and offers Early Neutral Evaluation (private judging)

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Women Barristers
Association of Lawyers for Children
Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
Central London Collaborative Forum
South Eastern Circuit
Affiliate Member of Resolution

Recommendations

“Barbara is an ideal children specialist barrister. She is very user friendly and has a real gift for engaging with her clients. Barbara fights hard for her clients and never gives up on a good cause. These qualities combined with a bright disposition mean that Barbara is much in demand. She is also an enthusiastic supporter of alternative dispute resolution in family law.”
Gillian Bishop – Family law in Partnership


“Barbara has done some very good Children Act work for me where she she has gone the extra mile and provided tremendous client service. She is also very approachable and organised. I wouldnt hesitate to use her again other cases!”
Suzanne Kingston – Withers

“One of the leading children law practitioners in London, who will fight her corner impeccably against any silk. With an intuitive understanding of what makes client’s tick, and an incisive view of the way the judicial wind is blowing, she is always at the top of my list.”
John Nicholson – Irwin Mitchell (London)

“Barbara is a knowledgeable and personable Barrister but above all an outstanding advocate”
David Jane

“One day there will be a means for hooking Barbara up to the national grid and the energy crisis will be solved. Her delivery to clients, in the meantime is wise and calm and they benefit from knowing that she is on top of every aspect of their case and totally committed to their goals. The support for instructing lawyers is efficient and supportive. May be we should run a poll for cinematic similes … Warrant Officer Ripley ?”
James Pirrie – Family Law in Partnership

Directories

Highly regarded family barrister with recognised expertise in private children proceedings, in particular cross-border cases in the High Court. She also has equal strength in domestic child disputes, involving issues of welfare and parental alienation. Mills further demonstrates strength in mediation and is a private judge.

Strengths: “A complete superstar whose paperwork, advocacy and judgement are flawless.” “Supremely sensible and tough when necessary, she is very straight with her clients and strong in court.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
Band 1

‘Great on detail but never loses sight of the bigger picture.’
Legal 500, 2019
Top Tier


Highly regarded family barrister with recognised expertise in private children proceedings, in particular cross-border cases in the High Court. She also demonstrates strength in mediation and is a private judge. She earns consistent praise for her ability to connect with every client.

Strengths: “She’s a brilliant advocate. She’s good with the most difficult of clients and her presentation in court is second to none.”
Chambers & Partners 2018 
Band 1

‘She couples the ability to be appropriately tenacious with a down-to-earth pragmatism.’ Legal 500, 2017
Top Tier

Highly regarded family barrister with recognised expertise in private children proceedings, in particular cross-border cases in the High Court. She also demonstrates strength in mediation and is a private judge.
Strengths: “Her preparation is excellent, her cross-examination is second to none and she is absolutely magical in court.”
Recent work: Represented the father in contested proceedings concerning the future care of a seven year old girl. The case involved allegations of maternal mental health, drug misuse, and both domestic and physical violence against the girl.
Chambers & Partners 2017 – Band 1

“She has an ability to quietly destroy the other side’s case.”
Legal 500, 2016 – Top Tier

A senior junior of choice for complex private children matters, who wins plaudits from sources for her commitment and client empathy. She is also a collaborative lawyer offering mediation and early neutral evaluation.

Strengths: “She really is leader quality at junior prices.” “Enormously capable when it comes to complex Children Act matters at all levels; she’s measured, sensible and tells it how it is.”
Chambers & Partners 2016 – Band 1

‘Very persuasive on her feet.’
The Legal 500 2015

Has great experience and a deservedly strong reputation for her work in private law children proceedings. She deals principally with international relocations and cases relating to same-sex families.

Expertise: “She clearly knows the law well and has a good, sensible down-to-earth approach. She works very well with clients.” “She’s measured and sensible, and tells it how it is.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – Band 1

Barbara Mills – ‘An excellent strategist, and a joy to work with.’
Recommended as a Leading Family Junior in the area of Children Law
The Legal 500, 2014

Excels in international children cases and is especially noted for her expertise in matters relating to surrogacy and adoption.

Expertise: “Tells it exactly how it is: she is very straight, very sensible and calm.” “Her attention to detail is great.”

Recent work: Successfully acted for a father who is the respondent in a private law case brought by a mother who wanted to relocate to Brazil with the parties’ child. The matter involved issues concerning a shared residence order for the child, as well as religious and cultural factors, the impracticality of contact and a review of the case law.
Chambers & Partners 2014 – Band 1

Barbara Mills is ‘frighteningly intelligent’.
Recommended as a Leading Family Junior in the area of Children Law
Legal 500, 2013

The “utterly superb” Barbara Mills concentrates her family law practice on children cases, and has a noted specialism in matters concerning surrogacy and adoption. Interviewees note that she can “carry clients with her and persuade them of the right course,” and describe her as being excellent when handling “stressful, nasty disputes.”
Chambers & Partners 2013

Barbara Mills is ‘first port of call on contact, residence and relocation disputes’
The Legal 500 2012

Barbara Mills, “a very calm and clear player” who regularly handles international children matters including leave to remove cases. Sources applaud her sensible and practical approach.
Chambers & Partners 2012

Barbara Mills is “a high-class performer” who is often instructed by blue-chip solicitors in complex Children Act disputes. She is emblematic of the quality at a set.
Chambers & Partners 2011

18/12/15
[2015] EWCA Civ 1298
01/09/10
[2010] EWCA Civ 1137
10/09/08
(2009) 1 FLR 349; [2008] EWCA Civ 1249
20/05/08
[2008] 2 FLR 1170 [2008] EWCA Civ 538
16/11/05
[2005] EWCA Civ 1660
21/10/05
[2006] 1 FLR 652
22/12/98
[2000] 2 FLR 259
27/10/97
[1998] 1 FLR 361
15/08/97
[1998] 1 FLR 433