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Briony Palmer

Call 2009


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 Briony is instructed in all aspects of the law relating to children. She has a particular interest in very high conflict or ‘intractable’ disputes over where children should live and what time they should spend with parents or other family members.

In public law matters, Briony acts for 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 which resulted in the local authority compromising on the issue of separation of mother and baby before the matter could be heard.

She also accepts instructions in proceedings relating to domestic violence, including injunctions and transfer of tenancy.

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 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 


‘Representing Parents and Children in Intractable Contact Disputes'

‘Implacable Hostility and Parental Alienation’

‘Domestic Violence: Personal Protection and Rights of Occupation’

‘Housing Law for Family Lawyers: Transfer of Tenancies’



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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

Outside Interests

Briony is a keen violinist and currently plays in a céilidh band.


"The barristers are friendly, thorough and personable and are always willing to help. The clerk's and admin staff are excellent and always go over and beyond to assist."


"The cohesive clerking team in Chambers have a combined depth of experience which is second to none."


"Impressive skills to handle intractable and challenging divorce and financial remedy cases."


"Chambers has a dedicated and professional clerking team. They are able to deal with any enquiry and are most helpful and reassuring" 


"They have a wide range of top quality senior and junior barristers who deal with high net worth financial work and can handle any type of children work." 


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