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Amanda Clarke

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Amanda specialises in complex public law Children Act “care” proceedings. She represents local authorities, parents, children and other family members. A significant proportion of her cases involve non accidental injury, sexual abuse, and/or chronic neglect. She also appears in adoption and Special Guardianship Order matters.

She is very approachable, sensible and empathetic. She is the barrister of choice for solicitors with vulnerable clients, especially those with a learning disability or mental health difficulties. Amanda has a reputation for being sensitive but pragmatic. She is regularly instructed in complex private law Children Act matters. She also has considerable experience of dealing with cases involving domestic abuse.

Amanda also has experience and expertise in Education Law. She represents local authorities, schools and/or academies, and parents in school exclusion appeals, admission appeals and other education related matters. Having been a Governor, including Chair of Governors, within the state and private sector for the past 10 years, Amanda has extensive experience of the governance of schools. She accepts instructions from schools to sit as the independent Chair or panel member of grievance, disciplinary and/or complaints appeal panels. In 2015 Amanda accepted a Lectureship on the Bar Professional Training Course at the City Law School, at City, University of London. She lectures and supervises postgraduate law students in the fields of Family and Civil Law.

Amanda became an accredited Arbitrator for the Children Arbitration Scheme in 2017.

She accepts cases through the Direct Access scheme.




Qualifications, Associations


  • BSc (Hons), University of Manchester (1985)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University (1997)
  • Called to the Bar in July 1998 (Middle Temple)
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Public Access Bar Association
  • Children Arbitrator  (CIArb)

Notable Cases


  • Re TC and JC ( Children: Relocation) [2013] EWHC 292 (Fam), [2013] 2 FLR 484
  • Re T (Care Proceedings: Drug Testing) [2012] EWHC 4081 (Fam), [2013] 2 FLR 467
Called 1998
Practice Areas: Family, Civil, Licensing & Regulatory, Public Access, Child Arbitration

Email: aclarke@westgate-chambers.co.uk

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