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Tara Celikoz

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Tara is an experienced family law barrister. Following successful completion of her pupillage in 2008 at Sussex Chambers, Tara remained a tenant and practised at the Independent Bar until 2013 before being invited to practise as Employed Counsel with Solicitors firms in Sussex. She has extensive experience of conducting litigation in addition to full representation at Court and was responsible for running her own caseload.

Tara specialises in complex Children Act 1989 cases. Whilst having acted for local authorities and parents, she has significant experience, expertise and interest in representing children through their Children’s Guardians during disputes concerning (but not limited to) issues of chronic neglect, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury. Tara continues to build a strong specialist practice in this particular field and is regularly instructed to act for children at all stages of the proceedings with a particular emphasis on fully contested E.P.O, I.C.O, Fact Finding and Final Hearings. She has further appeared at the High Court in relation to questions of non-Hague jurisdictional disputes and child abduction.

Additionally, Tara regularly acts on behalf of children through 16.4 Children Guardian Appointments during intractable “live with and spend time with” disputes during private law proceedings.

Tara accepts instructions in respect of Special Guardianship Orders and has often represented Grandparents either during private or public law proceedings in this regard.

In private law, Tara deals effectively with applications for Child Arrangement, Specific Issue and Prohibited Step Orders.

Qualifications, Associations


  • Bar Vocational Course at City Law School
  • Lecturer at City Law School London University
  • University of Sussex LLB (Hons) Law
  • Member of Middle Temple
  • Conduct of Litigation (Employed Counsel)

Notable Cases


  • Acted for a mother concerning allegations of serious physical abuse and honour based violence against the eldest child, resulting in serious findings of fact being made against the parents. At conclusion of proceedings, the youngest two children returned home to their parents.
  • Represented a child following abduction by the mother to a non-Hague Convention country and successfully argued for a media alert as to the families whereabouts and for Wardship of the High Court.
  • Acted for children involving multiple allegations of serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse against a parent resulting in a number of positive findings of fact being made against the perpetrator.
  • Represented children during long standing chronic neglect case concerning complex issues of sibling separation and post permanence inter-sibling contact. Successfully argued against sibling separation by way of Local Authority proposed Final Care and Placement Orders with the Local Authority amending its initial Final Care Plans so as to preserve the sibling relationship with final placement in foster care.
  • Acted for a very young child who had suffered a number of non-accidental injuries including various body fractures and a subdural haemorrhage. At conclusion of the proceedings the child was returned to the care of a Maternal family member.
Tara enjoys travelling around Australia, Asia and walking her dogs along the Sussex Coast.
Called 2007
Practice Areas: Family

Email: clerks@westgate-chambers.co.uk