David Bedingfield has developed a speciality in children’s rights and the international movement of children. He has also published extensively both in the United Kingdom and in the United States.


Year of Call: 1991


Juris Doctor (Emory University, Atlanta)


Recorder 2009


David Bedingfield has published extensively both in this country and in the USA, where he previously practiced before moving to the United Kingdom in 1990. He was appointed a Recorder in 2009, and sits in family, civil and criminal cases. His textbook “The Child in Need: Children, the State and the Law,” was called an “essential purchase for child care professionals.” His book “Advocacy in Family Proceedings” is now in its second edition. The New Law Journal deemed the book “excellent. . . filled with illustrations and examples from sitting judges and other practitioners regarding effective advocacy techniques.”

Mr. Bedingfield has developed courses in advocacy techniques, and has lectured extensively regarding international movement of children, the adoption and placement of abused children and human rights in the family law context.

He has appeared for local authorities, parents and children in numerous significant public law matters. He appeared for the appellant/child in Re B (Children) [2010] 1 FLR 1211, [2010] FCR 114, regarding the appropriate standard for the interim removal of children from the care of their birth parents. He has also appeared in judicial review applications regarding local authority duties to children and parents. See, for example, R v Wokingham District Council, ex parte SJ [1999] 2 FLR 1156, ]1999] COD 336, QBD, regarding local authority adoption panel duties to parents.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia (Called 1983)

[2018] EWCA Civ 1407
[2017] EWHC 1178 (Fam)
[2010] EWCA Civ 1490
[2010] 1 FLR 1211 : [2010] 1 FCR 114 : [2010] Fam Law 130 : (2009) 153(45) SJLB 28 : [2009] EWCA Civ 1254
(1999) 1 WLR 299 : (1999) 1 FLR 267 : Times, October 9, 1998