“He knows exactly how strong to be in his advocacy and when he should ease up to get the best result for the client. He knows his audience and what they expect from him.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Year of Call: 1999
University of Liverpool LLB (Hons) 1998
Attorney General Counsel – B Panel
Legally Qualified Chair and Legal Assessor to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
Hassan is an experienced children law barrister. He also undertakes general civil work, particularly Inquests, for the Government Legal Department and sits on a number of Professional Discipline Panels.
In 2013 Hassan won Jordan Publishing Family Junior Barrister of the Year Award
He has expertise in cases involving applications for child arrangements orders after separation or divorce, including issues relating to parental responsibility such as change of name; medical treatment; schooling; holiday and relocation disputes. His work often involves disputed cases of shared care, intractable contact cases and issues of parental alienation.
His cases frequently involve an international element, including child abduction and permission to temporarily or permanently remove children from England and Wales.
Hassan has a strong practice working for alternative families. This includes surrogacy cases where intended parents, straight or gay, commission surrogates either in this country or in other countries such as the USA and India. He has dealt with celebrity and high profile surrogacy clients and successfully obtained the necessary English parental orders they required. He is often instructed in so called co-parenting arrangements, for example, when disputes arise as to the role each adult should play in a child’s life. In 2014, Hassan was recognised for his work in this area when the National LGBT Bar Association & Interlaw Diversity Forum awarded him a prize for his outstanding contribution and commitment to LGBT equality.
He has considerable experience with international cases, for example where a child has been abducted or a young person has been or is about to be forced into marriage. In fact he conducted one of the first forced marriage applications in the UK for Dr Abedin, a 33 year old GP who had been forced to marry in Bangladesh. This received widespread press coverage, following which Hassan was interviewed by the BBC World News as to whether forced marriage should be criminalised.
Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
“Hassan has a very personable and down to earth approach and gives sound, realistic and robust advice. He provides practical solutions where appropriate and will strongly present his client’s case in court when required. Above all he is always focused on the specific needs and preferences of his individual clients, and the welfare of the children involved.”
Karan Chadha, Associate Solicitor at Freemans Solicitors
Experienced children law junior who handles a wide range of private children law cases. He is noted for his strength in matters relating to wardship, surrogacy and cross-border child abduction among other areas.
Strengths: “He is always calm, and a great strategist.” “Always up for a scrap yet charming and persuasive with it.”
Recent work: Successfully represented a mother who sought committal of a father to prison for retaining a child in Nigeria for 4 years. The father received 15 months’ imprisonment.
Chambers & Partners 2019
Experienced children law junior who handles a wide range of private children law cases. He is noted for his strength in matters relating to wardship, stranded spouses and cross-border child abduction among other areas.
Strengths: “He knows exactly how strong to be in his advocacy and when he should ease up to get the best result for the client. He knows his audience and what they expect from him.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Experienced children law junior who handles the full range of private children law cases. He is noted for his strength in matters relating to wardship and cross-border child abduction.
Strengths: “A real fighter and a high-quality advocate. He combines charm with great knowledge of the law.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Specialises in a broad range of fields within private children law work. These include cross-border issues such as abduction and international adoption as well as surrogacy and forced marriages.
Strengths: “He is a delight to instruct. He is very knowledgeable and has an excellent manner with both clients and solicitors. He gives sensible and practical advice. He is approachable, responds quickly and shows genuine enthusiasm and a clear commitment to his work.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Manages a strong practice dealing principally with private law children matters, including surrogacy and parental authority cases.
Expertise: “Immensely helpful and very approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
Enjoys a fine reputation for his work in cross-jurisdiction children matters, particularly those concerning child abduction, surrogacy and forced marriage.
Expertise: “I use him a lot for cases with complex issues; he sits down and gives 100% effort and dedication. He is good to work with and really approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
Hassan Khan specialises in international children matters, and is particularly noted by sources for his work in surrogacy cases. Other areas of focus include cases concerning child abduction, forced marriage, adoption and stranded spouses.
Chambers and Partners 2013
Hassan Khan is an up-and-coming junior whose practice is expected to rise in prominence. Sources note that he is carving out a niche in international child abduction and surrogacy, and that he “really cares passionately for his client.”
Chambers and Partners 2012