Jacqui Gilliatt

Jacqui Gilliatt

Call 1992

020 7832 3200

Strengths: “A forceful but approachable advocate who gives sound advice and presents cases in a down-to-earth way.” “She is dedicated and committed to her practice, and deals with cases with great care and compassion.” Chambers UK Bar 2021-2022

‘Regularly handles a wide range of children’s cases in the public law sphere. She is routinely instructed in matters involving issues of a serious nature, including those concerning allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, and drug and alcohol misuse.
Strengths: “An extremely approachable counsel willing to discuss cases at whatever length is required. She demonstrates a great deal of commitment and takes a sensible, balanced approach.” “Pragmatic and intelligent, she makes terrific decisions and proposals all the way through the case.” “A forceful advocate who can read the papers and boil down the information to key points.” Chambers UK Bar 2020-2021

“Jacqui Gilliatt regularly handles a wide range of children’s cases in both the public and private spheres. She is routinely instructed in matters involving issues of a serious magnitude, including those concerning fictitious illness, allegations of sexual abuse and injury, and drug and alcohol misuse.  A long-standing public law practitioner who does really well with local authority work and is a good advocate.” Chambers UK Bar 2019- 2020

“Jacqui Gilliatt is routinely instructed in cases involving issues of a serious magnitude, including those concerning fictitious illness, allegations of sexual abuse and injury, and drug and alcohol misuse. “Jacqui is clear and concise, and determined and incisive in both her written and oral submissions. She shows exceptional attention to detail, without losing sight of the overall picture, and her cross-examinations are simply outstanding.” Chambers UK Bar 2018- 2019

“I have high regard for Miss Gilliatt’s work ethic and professionalism and only have words of praise for her and it has been an absolutely successful working relationship.  Her preparation of the case has been excellent.  Miss Gilliatt has worked with passion and fantastic attention to detail.  She has fully engaged with me as a litigant in person which has allowed her to have a comprehensive insight around all matters as well as guaranteed we established a trusting and efficient working relationship.  The Judge expressed praise for her providing clarity and order to the vast amount of evidence arising from the previous cases and background of our family”.

Direct Access Client 2019

Jacqui has over 26 years of experience in cases about children both between parents (and other family members) and involving social services.  She is trained and enthusiastic about accepting direct access instructions.

Jacqui’s practice has included cases involving: baby shaking, child abduction (including abduction from local authority care), complex or conflicting medical evidence, disability, disputes between same-sex couples, domestic violence, education law, fabricated allegations, forced marriage & ‘honour’ violence, human rights, human trafficking, incest, international law, intractable contact/residence disputes, mental health, non-accidental injuries, Official Solicitor, parallel criminal proceedings, placement outside the jurisdiction, sexual abuse, substance misuse & addiction, sudden infant death, transgender issues & unexplained deaths.

Jacqui regularly presents seminars on family law topics.

Jacqui has her own website, Children in Law (now incorporating Bloody Relations & new blogs Paramount Considerations, Family Law Webworld & The Law Is a Funny Business). She also curates several online papers, Law & Decree Absolute (Paper.Li) and Children in LawDecree Absolute & Legal In General (Scoop It).

Recent seminars have included:

  • Children Across Borders (2013 LBLA Conference)
  • s 20: Local Authorities on the Naughty Step (2016 LBLA Conference)
  • Transparency vs Seekrit Family Courts: Secrecy vs Confidentiality (2017 LBLA Conference)
  • Crossing the Threshold: Back to Basics (2018 LBLA Conference)
  • Trials Within Trials: Fact-Finding in Private Law Cases (December 2019)

Recently published articles include S 20 Children Act 1989: Consent not Coercion: Issue or Be Damned on Family Law Week and s17 & Child Arrangements Orders on the Local Government Lawyer

Jacqui tweets as @gjacqui

She is a keen supporter of Biking for Children In Care, which raises funds for the Become Charity through an annual 210 mile bike ride.  In its place this year the group invented its own Lockdown 200 Challenge & raised over £40,000.


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University: Oxford
Law School: Westminster University


Spanish (Basic)