Briony Palmer

Call: 2009



Briony is instructed in children matters and has a particular interest in high conflict private law children disputes, in relation to which she provides a seminar on behalf of Chambers. 

In public law matters, she accepts instructions on behalf of parents, children and local authorities. She has appeared at all levels of court up to and including the High Court and drafted an urgent appeal to the Court of Appeal in a recent public law matter which resulted in the respondent local authority compromising on the issue of separation of mother and baby before the matter could be heard. 

Briony is acutely aware of the emotional pressures faced by all involved in litigation and is noted for her resourceful, compassionate and cost-conscious approach. Within her public law practice she is instructed in particular on behalf of clients who are vulnerable due to particular communication needs stemming from, for example, a mental health condition, learning disability or specific language impairment.


'Have We Created a Monster? Intractable Contact Disputes and Parental Alienation in Context'Family Law Week 


Upcoming - ‘Representing parents and children in intractable contact disputes’ 


BA Hons (Oxford) – 1st class

MSt (Oxford) – Distinction

Dip Law (City)

BVC (City)


Inner Temple – Philip Teichman Benefactor's Award

Inner Temple Exhibitions for GDL and BVC

Toynbee Hall ASG Debating Cup Winner

Arts and Humanities Research Council Master's Studentship

Styring Scholarship


Family Law Bar Association

Areas of Practice 



Care proceedings

Children Act matters

Domestic violence


French (conversational)

Outside Interests

Before her pupillage, Briony volunteered weekly at Toynbee Hall Free Legal Advice Centre and debated with their Advocacy Support Group. She is a keen violinist and currently plays in a céilidh band.

All our barristers have formidable legal skills – which they complement with being approachable and friendly. Our team’s legal strengths, diverse backgrounds and healthy gender balance combine to offer services appreciated by our many different clients.

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