“She is the best children law junior in London and better than most silks. She has an extraordinary ability to win round judges with a powerful but highly intelligent advocacy style.”
Legal 500 2019 Family Junior of the Year

“She’s just always very available, a very persuasive advocate and very good with the clients. She has it all.”
Chambers & Partners 2018 – Band 1

Experience

Year of Call: 1990

Education

LLB (Hons)
LLM
William Mc Nair Scholarship Grays Inn

Profile

Joy is a specialist children practitioner whose work is predominantly in the High Court and Central London. She has particular expertise in complex children matters encompassing both private and public law proceedings. She is regularly involved in cases concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse of children acting for all parties.


In addition she is a specialist in private law matters where there are protracted and highly contentious disputes and she is particularly specialist in the international relocation and movement of children including adoption.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Member of the FLBA Executive committee
Association of Lawyers for Children
Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
South Eastern Circuit
Gray’s Inn
Joy previously sat as a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal

Directories

Highly experienced barrister who is recognised for her work in complex children cases. She exhibits strength in international matters, and has additional expertise in disputes concerning issues of criminal offences and abuse. Her expertise spans both private and public cases.

Strengths: “Joy fights for her clients and is a passionate advocate. She is an excellent strategist and has wonderful client care skills.” “Joy is able to pick up cases and grasp the detail very quickly. Excellent in court and a very strong advocate, she’s able to gauge the correct tone to take and which arguments to run.”
Chambers & Partners 2020
Band 1

‘Knows every detail of her cases and is a formidable presence in court.’
Legal 500, 2020 Family Junior of the Year
Top Tier

“She is the best children law junior in London and better than most silks. She has an extraordinary ability to win round judges with a powerful but highly intelligent advocacy style.”
Legal 500 2019 Family Junior of the Year


Highly experienced children law barrister who is recognised for her work in cases concerning the movement of children internationally. She additionally exhibits strength in matters concerning issues of criminal offences and abuse. Her expertise spans both private and public cases.

Strengths: “The modern-day equivalent of a knight in shining armour for difficult children cases, she is robust enough for the most difficult of clients and cases.” “She is a force of nature and a go-to barrister for tricky private children work.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
Band 1

‘Judges love her – she is firm and persuasive in court.’
Legal 500, 2019
Top Tier

Highly experienced children law barrister who is recognised for her work in cases concerning the movement of children internationally. She additionally exhibits strength in matters concerning issues of criminal offences and abuse. Her expertise spans both private and public cases.

Strengths: “She’s just always very available, a very persuasive advocate and very good with the clients. She has it all.”
Chambers & Partners 2018
Band 1

‘She works ridiculously hard and is meticulous on paper and clever on her feet.’
Legal 500, 2017

Highly experienced children law barrister who is recognised for her work in cases concerning the movement of children internationally. She additionally exhibits strength in matters concerning issues of criminal offences and abuse.
Strengths: “She’s marvellously authoritative, and can deal with both clients and the judge beautifully.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Band 1

‘Her preparation is top notch.’
Legal 500, 2016

Has an enviable reputation for taking on some of the most challenging children cases. She specialises in both public and private matters, and is singled out for her resolute nature and willingness to fight.

Strengths: “Not many people are prepared to have a fight in the way she is. There’s not many who fight things they might lose. She is prepared to take sensible risks for her clients, and is a fearless advocate.”

Recent work: Joy went to the High Court in a public law children case. The grandparents of a child were accused of being complicit in the international abduction of a child by its parents. The case included an international police effort to locate the missing child.
Chambers & Partners 2016

Undertakes both private and public law children proceedings, and has a particular affinity for cases with an international angle to them, particularly those concerning international abduction, relocation and serious injury to children.

Expertise: “Very sensible, very realistic and incredibly effective as an advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2015

‘Utterly fearless and a superb advocate’
The Legal 500 2015

Highly experienced in private and public law children work and is especially recognised for her work regarding adoption and child relocation. She also handles cases involving issues for consideration such as education and religion.

Recent work: Featured in a high-profile case involving a decision concerning the upbringing of five children from the Chassidic community. This concerned a disagreement between the parents over the education of the children which would entirely affect their whole way of life and rules for living.
Chambers & Partners 2014

Another favourite amongst solicitors as is Joy Brereton, a “tough, no-nonsense” advocate who handles all aspects of children law with a particular focus on complex private law disputes such as international relocation.
Chambers & Partners 2013

Joy Brereton draws particular praise for her work relating to child relocation. “She is very approachable, very persuasive in court and has a fantastic manner with the clients,” say those that use her.
Chambers & Partners 2012

Joy Brereton, “a gifted advocate with in-depth knowledge of all aspects of children law. Her reassuring manner always plays well with clients,” say sources.
Chambers & Partners 2011