Members of Chambers

Lydia Slee

Called: 2007

Lydia Slee

Practice Profile

Lydia specialises in all aspects of child law, including public and private law proceedings. Due to Lydia’s past experience in criminal Law she has a keen interest in cases that require fact finding hearings as well as representing vulnerable individuals.

Prior to practising, Lydia was a Legal Advisor to the Magistrates, based in Kent. As part of her duties, Lydia undertook courts and advised the Magistrates on various areas of law. As a result of this experience, Lydia has strong links with all of the local courts.

Lydia is able to accept work under the Direct Public Access Scheme (DPA).

Chambers UK, 2017 rank Lydia as 'Up and coming'

Junior with noteworthy experience in public and private law children matters. She has been instructed in complex issues involving non-accidental injury and abuse, and is adept at handling vulnerable clients and complicated factual and legal evidence.
Strengths: "She has a lovely manner with clients. She is very sympathetic and knowledgeable, tells them what their case is and flags any problems up straight away." "Very bright and a real fighter."

Specialist Practice Areas

Family

  • Public Law
  • Private Law Children work
  • Injunctions

Notable Cases

  • KCC v Ors (2) (Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC 93
  • Court of Appeal Re: C (A Child) Procedural Requirements of a Part 25 Application [2015] EWCA Civ 539
  • N v B v Ors [2013] EWHC 820 (Fam) Application by the maternal grandmother for adoption orders in respect of two children following the murder of the mother by the father.

Education

Academic

  • LL.B Law, University of Kent at Canterbury, 2005
  • LL.M. Criminal Litigation, Inns of Court School of Law, 2007

Scholarships & Awards

  • Benefactors Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple, 2006-2007
  • National Police Scholarship 2007 and 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
  • Kent Bar Mess

Publications

  • Conditional Cautions: Are they open to challenge under ECHR? (The Barrister Magazine, Issue 29)

Hobbies and other interests

Outside Chambers, Lydia enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theatre and travelling abroad when time allows.