“Impeccably prepared with a great legal mind; awesome, understated and effective cross-examination skills.”
Legal 500 2020

Experience

Year of Call: 2000

Education

MA Law (Cantab)
Qualified Collaborative La

Languages

French, Italian

Profile

Cleo is a specialist children’s law barrister, who represents parents and children in all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal.  She is widely recognised for her expert handling of difficult cases involving complex evidence and allegations of violence or abuse.  Her sensitive manner with clients combined with her robust advocacy enable her to support her clients successfully through domestic and international litigation.  Cleo is also in demand in cases where the local authority is involved, including those with complex factual backgrounds and significant allegations of harm.


Cleo represents parents and children in disputes concerning children’s living, contact and specific arrangements both domestically and internationally.  She brings strategic thinking and a calm but firm approach to contentious cases, and has considerable experience of cases involving allegations of violence, harm, or involving disputed medical evidence.  Her case load is both domestic and international, and she is experienced in dealing with cross-jurisdictional issues, including international adoption, applications to remove children from the jurisdiction and child abduction. Cleo speaks French and Italian.

Within her public inquiry practice, Cleo is presently instructed as counsel for Lambeth in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse investigation into Children’s Homes in Lambeth.

In her public law practice Cleo is in demand for her skilful and professional handling of complex cases.  She represents children, parents and local authorities, and deals with cases involving intricate legal issues, child fatalities and significant abuse, including historical sexual abuse or multiple injuries.  She also has expertise in cases concerning radicalisation and in particular families returning from IS controlled Syria.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Gray’s Inn
South Eastern Circuit
Resolution

Directories

Her broad children practice spans both public and private law cases domestically and abroad. She has experience of representing both parents and children in disputes including those concerning non-accidental injury, and also has a growing practice in radicalisation cases.

Strengths: “Incredibly bright and a very good advocate. She approaches things with a healthy degree of realism and double-checks everything we’re dealing with. Cleo achieves results for her clients that are going to be workable and meaningful for them.” “She’s a hard worker and somebody who clients can rely on to put forward their case.”
Chambers & Partners 2020

“Impeccably prepared with a great legal mind; awesome, understated and effective cross-examination skills.”
Legal 500, 2020


Her broad children practice spans both public and private law domestically and abroad. She has experience of representing both parents and children in disputes including those concerning leave to remove applications, and also has a growing practice in radicalisation cases.
Strengths: “She is always impeccably prepared, and is a subtle and effective advocate in court.” “She’s a very calming and charming practitioner.”
Recent work: Led by Alex Verdan in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, representing the London Borough of Lambeth.
Chambers & Partners 2019

Her broad children practice spans both public and private law domestically and abroad. She has experience of representing both parents and children in disputes including leave to remove applications.
Strengths: “She is tactically astute, eloquent in court and it goes without saying she’s completely on top of her papers. She’s extremely committed to ensuring that her clients have the best representation and get the best results.”
Chambers & Partners 2018