Saiful Islam

Call: 2005



Saiful is a member of the Lincoln’s Inn and was Called to the Bar in 2005. He specialises in all areas of family and children law although he has a particular interest in representing parents in public law children matters. He has been instructed in many complex and high profile cases some of which have received mainstream media attention. He is regularly instructed by reputable firms of solicitors from London and the South East, though he covers cases from outside of these areas too. Indeed, Saiful is also instructed directly by the public under the Public Access Scheme.

Saiful is a highly competent and persuasive advocate with robust cross-examination skills. As a respected member of the Bar, colleagues have described him as a ‘model advocate’ and ‘a terrier’ and thus see him as a formidable opponent. Judges view him as ‘valiant’ and ‘thorough’ and to his clients he is ‘fantastic’, ‘nice’, ‘easy to speak to’, ‘friendly' and 'down to earth’.



Reported Cases

A v SM & anor [2012] EWHC 435 (Fam) Forced marriage case heard by Baker J which included consideration of applications for forced marriage protection orders under Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996.


LLB Honours – University of Hertfordshire



Winner of Prospects Legal Cup 2002 (one of five members of the winning team)



Family Law Bar Association


Areas of Practice

General family and children law, including

·         Defended Divorces

·         Domestic Violence/Injunctions

·         Forced Marriages

·         Matrimonial Finance/Ancillary Relief

·         Private Law Children/Child Arrangements

·         Public Law Children/Care Proceedings

·         Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989

·         Trust/Co-ownership of land



Bengali – Sylheti dialect (fluent)


Outside Interests

Playing badminton, socialising and reading non-fiction.

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