Members of Chambers

Gemma Farrington

Called: 1994

Gemma Farrington

Practice Profile

Gemma specialises in care proceedings - particularly complex fact-finding hearings involving allegations of non-accidental injury or sexual abuse. Of note, reported cases include: H (Children) (Sexual abuse: fact-finding) [2011] All ER (D) 69 (May), an appeal heard after a 45 day fact-finding hearing in the High Court sitting at Medway and Re K (Care Proceedings: Fact Finding) [2011] 2 FLR 199 where Hedley J refused to conduct a fact-finding into the death of a previous child of the father. Gemma has appeared numerous times in the Court of Appeal. Gemma regularly lectures at local seminars / conferences organised by Chambers and has lectured and chaired a conference in London for Central Legal Training. In 2013, she co-authored 'Assessment of Parents in Care Proceedings' with Simon Johnson, another member of Chambers. The book was published by Jordan Publishing Ltd at the end of March 2014.

Gemma also specialises in complex private law children work - particularly those containing serious allegations or where there is implacable hostility or parental alienation.

Legal 500, 2017 as a 'Leading juniors'. "A specialist in care proceedings."

Legal 500, 2016 as a 'Leading Junior' and ranked tier 1 - 'Very good with clients and experienced in complex cases'.

Legal 500, 2015 as a 'Leading Junior' - 'A highly intelligent and analytical practitioner, who is liked by clients and judges.’

Chambers UK, 2018 - Band 2

"She has a methodical and thorough approach." "She has an excellent manner with clients, and is very compassionate and caring."

Chambers UK, 2017 - Band 2

"She has a methodical and through approach'. 'Excellent in cross-examination."

Chambers UK, 2016 - Band 3

"She is intelligent, tenacious and personable. She's got all the tools at her disposal and she is very level-headed." "She is an excellent, intelligent lawyer. She is also very conscientious and always on top of what she is doing."

Specialist Practice Areas

Family

  • Care and Adoption (for parents and guardians)
  • Private Law Children work – with a particular emphasis on complex cases such as those that involve serious allegations, implacable hostility or parental alienation.
  • Court of Protection

Other areas include

  • Education

Notable Cases

  • H (Children) (Sexual abuse: Fact Finding) [2011) All ER (D) 69 (May)
  • Re K (Care Proceedings: Fact Finding) [2011] 2 FLR 199 [2011] 2 FLR 199
  • LM (By her Guardian) v Medway Council, RM & YM [2007] 1 FLR 1698
  • Re H (Child) [2003] EWCA Civ 369

Education

  • MA (English), Robinson College, Cambridge, 1990
  • CPE (Common Professional Examination in Law), University of Westminster, London 1993

Languages

  • French
  • Basic German

Professional Memberships

  • Member of FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
  • Member of ELAS (Education Law Association)
  • Member of ALC (Association of Lawyers for Children)

Hobbies and other interests

Outside of Chambers, Gemma enjoys gardening, walking her dogs, going to concerts and the theatre and generally relaxing with her family.