“The way he speaks is outstanding. He has the quality touch of someone who has a very, very pleasant court manner. His presentation, his diction and the content are always so good.”
Chambers and Partners 2018
Band 1


Year of Call: 1990
Year of Silk: 2012


Mill Hill School,London
Leeds University
Inns of Court School of Law.


Conversational Bengali


Deputy High Court Judge 2016
Recorder (Civil, Crime and Family) 2009


Teertha is a specialist senior barrister and trial advocate with over 27 years of experience.

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012 and a (Family) Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. Teertha also sits as a part time Circuit Judge (a Recorder) in the Criminal and Civil courts.

His areas of expertise include complex domestic and international children cases such as relocation, cross-border parental abductions and acrimonious contact disputes.

Teertha is also the go to person for Forced marriage and stranded spouse cases. He has spoken in the House of Commons and was named by Lord Lester in the House of Lords as one of the four senior pro bono lawyers behind the Forced Marriage Civil Protection Bill which became a statute in 2007.

Hotly contested proceedings for clients who are running unpopular arguments before the courts are his forte. He has developed the ability present any case in its best possible light and has been known to have changed Judges’ minds in the most difficult of cases. He examines cases in detail and leaves no stone unturned.

Teertha’s practice is widely spread geographically across England and Northern Ireland (and the Eastern Caribbean) in all levels of court from County court to the ECJ. To date, he has been involved in 10 full appeals in the UKSC/House of Lords.

By way of example, he successfully led in the UK Supreme Court (Re T Children [2012] UKSC 36 for CAFCASS) and has been the Advocate to the Court as instructed by the Attorney General (Re S a child [2008] EWHC 3013 (Fam). He intervened on behalf of the Attorney General in MA and JA and The Attorney General [2012] EWHC 2219 (Fam).

Teertha has won numerous awards over the years to include the Jordan’s Family Law Barrister of the year and Chambers and Partners Family Junior before taking silk.

Recently he won the prestigious award: Legal 500 Family Law Queen’s Counsel of 2018.

He often lectures and chairs at prestigious, highly regarded family law events and has been interviewed on Radio Four: Face the Facts and Law in Action. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l7wq5

Teertha has trained as a mediator and a collaborative lawyer. His aim is to be cost effective and to provide knowledgeable and straight forward advice. He likes to explore alternatives to litigation but ultimately, in court, he represents his clients persuasively and fearlessly.

Teertha is available to his clients 24/7 (apart from when he is on holiday).

Professional Memberships

Barristers Benevolent Association
Inner Temple
Family Justice Council (Diversity sub-committee)
Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands Circuit
Member of The British Association of Sports Lawyers
Fellow of International Academy of Family Lawyers


Focuses on international children disputes, both public and private, many of which involve forensic investigation. He is universally commended for his personable advocacy style and his prowess in the courtroom. Sources see him as one of the foremost abduction silks.
Strengths: “The way he speaks is outstanding. He has the quality touch of someone who has a very, very pleasant court manner. His presentation, his diction and the content are always so good.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

‘He is quick to see the tactical arguments and always develops a great rapport with clients.’ Legal 500, 2017
Top Tier  

Focuses on international children disputes, both public and private, many of which involve forensic investigation. He is universally commended for his personable advocacy style and his prowess in the courtroom.
Strengths: “He’s charm personified, is fantastic with clients and is very friendly. He’s also a brilliant strategist and tactician.”
Chambers & Partners 2017
Band 1

One of the most eminent silks for cross-border children matters, and has a particular reputation for his work in child abduction. Sources consistently praise his friendly and approachable manner, and admire his technical abilities.
Strengths: “A great tactician when it comes to international children work.” “Clients absolutely love him. He’s very friendly and they all report back they have massive confidence in him and really feel he’s listening to them.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
Band 1

“He has an incredible ability to strategise the case from start to finish, and he sees unique angles and nuances.”
Legal 500, 2016
Top Tier

A widely respected barrister who deals with the most complex and testing multi-jurisdictional matters. Child abduction cases are his strong suit.

Expertise: “A very smooth operator with gallons of charm and a great mind to match.” “We appreciate Teertha’s considerable experience and his ability to understand the nuances of each specific case and advise accordingly. He is both approachable and pragmatic, and clients always warm to him.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – Band 1

‘He combines knowledge and acumen with personal charm and the ability to think outside the box – a one-off.’
The Legal 500, 2015

Teertha Gupta QC ‘Charming and ferocious at the same time.’
The Legal 500, 2014

Has thrived since taking silk in 2012 and is highly respected for his work on cross-jurisdictional children cases.

Expertise: “A joy to work with, he’s knowledgeable and so very on the ball. He focuses on issues in order to ensure he gets a result for the client.” “He’s always available to talk and is very innovative in his solutions to problems.”

Recent work: Appeared on behalf of CAFCAS in the Supreme Court in Re: T. He successfully persuaded the Law Lords that the Court of Appeal was wrong in its analysis that costs follow the event in care cases.
Chambers & Partners 2014 – Band 1

Recommended as a Leading Silk in the area of Children law
The Legal 500, 2013

Teertha Gupta QC is an “exceptional advocate” whose ascension to silk in 2012 was, in the eyes of market observers, richly deserved. His principal area of focus is international children cases. Recent matters have included S (Wardship: Stranded Spouses), a case concerning a bride brought to the UK to marry a British citizen, who was then drugged and abandoned in Pakistan without a passport after giving birth.
Chambers & Partners 2013

International child abduction specialist Teertha Gupta QC’s recent QC appointment is ‘a formal confirmation of a standard that he has worked to for many years now’.
The Legal 500, 2012

Teertha Gupta is held in extremely high regard for his children work: “He is a solid advocate and the go-to junior for all international children work.” International child abduction and relocation matters are his forte, and solicitors flock to him as he has “not only first-class legal expertise, but also a delightful and charming style.”
Chambers and Partners 2012 – Band 1

Teertha Gupta is the ‘leading child abduction junior at the family Bar’
The Legal 500 2011 – Top Tier

Teertha Gupta is a premier junior for international children work. “He has an approachable and relaxed manner and knows exactly what he is doing,” sources say. They comment admiringly that “charm allied to brains always makes for a potent combination.”
Chambers & Partners 2011 – Band 1

Teertha Gupta represents a recent excellent hire for the set. Noted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and his interest in abduction and forced marriage, he is “an enthusiastic and thoroughly committed lawyer who gives it his all every time.
Chambers & Partners 2010 – Band 1

Teertha Gupta was voted as ‘Family Junior Barrister of the Year’
Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2008.

Recommended as a Leading Family Junior
The Legal 500, 2010

Teertha Gupta is, like Setright, mightily impressing peers and clients with his expert understanding of international child abduction, forced marriages and matters relating to stranded spouses. Widely regarded as ‘one of the leading juniors,’ he has ‘courage and tenacity when faced with the toughest challenges’.
Chambers & Partners 2009 – Band 1

Recommended as a Leading Family Junior
The Legal 500, 2009

Described as ‘the cat’s whiskers’ by opposing counsel for his combination of ‘sophisticated legal knowledge, good cross examination and effective case presentation’, Gupta spends much of his time on cross border disputes regarding children. In addition he has established himself as one of only a tiny handful of experts in the niche area of international forced marriages.
Chambers & Partners 2008

Gupta’s practice is heavily built on this topic and also child abduction cases. Clients find him ‘professional and expeditious’ singling him out as a ‘barrister who is going places’.
Chambers & Partners 2007

Gupta is a great favourite of the Home Office-Foreign Office’s Forced Marriage Unit and is known for both his accessibility and his ‘unflinching devotion to the cause’.
Chambers & Partners 2006

Teertha Gupta is ‘a rising star in international abduction work’.
The Legal 500, 2008

Teertha Gupta is highly recommended in forced marriage and child abduction matters.
The Legal 500, 2007

Teertha Gupta is widely viewed as the leading junior in forced marriage cases and is also highly recommended for his expertise in child abduction matters.
The Legal 500, 2006

[2017] EWCA 2152 (Civ)
[2015] UKSC 35; [2015] 2 FLR 503
[2013] EWHC 2261 (Fam)
[2013] EWCA Civ 259
[2012] EWCA Civ 1576
[2012] EWCA Civ 913
[2011] Fam Law 1204; [2011] EWHC 1284 (Fam)
[2010] EWHC 2909 (Fam)
[2011] 1 FLR 305 : [2010] Fam Law 1074 ; [2010] EWHC 1669 (Fam)
[2010] 1 FLR 1295 : [2010] Fam Law 8 : [2009] EWHC 2721 (Fam)
[2010] 1 FLR 598 : [2010] 2 FCR 433 : [2009] Fam Law 1123 : (2009) 153(37) SJLB 36 : [2009] EWHC 2280 (Fam)
[2009] EWCA Civ 588
[2009] EWCA Civ 993
[2009] 2 FLR 1513; [2009] EWHC 1735 (Fam)
[2008] UKHL 64; (2008) 3 WLR 931 : (2009) 1 All ER 559 : (2008) 2 FLR 2067 : (2009) HRLR 6 : (2009) UKHRR 22 : Times, October 24, 2008
(2009) 1 FLR 574
[2008] EWCA Civ 951
[2008] 2 FLR 1624; [2008] EWHC 1436 Fam
[2008] EWHC 737 (Fam); (2008) 2 FLR 936
[2007] EWCA Civ 1277; (2008) 1 FLR 1003 : Times, January 9, 2008
[2007] UKHL 55 (2008); 1 AC 1288 : (2007) 3 WLR 975 : (2008) 1 All ER 1157 : (2008) 1 FLR 251 : Times, December 6, 2007
[2008] 1 FLR 619; [2007] EWHC 1993 (Fam)
[2007] EWHC 1404 (Fam); [2007] 2 FLR 1010
(2007) 2 FLR 461; [2006] EWHC 3743 (Fam)
[2006] UKHL 51; (2007) 1 AC 619 : (2006) 3 WLR 989 : (2007) 1 All ER 783 : (2007) 1 FLR 961 : Times, November 17, 2006 : Independent, November 21, 2006
(2007) 1 FLR 444; [2006] EWHC 1646 (Fam)
(2007) 1 FLR 57 : [2006] EWCA Civ 1115; Times, July 19, 2006
(2006) 1 WLR 81 : (2005) 3 All ER 421 : (2005) 2 FLR 230 ; [2004] EWHC 3202 (Fam)