Beryl Gilead

Called 1989
Deputy Head of Chambers

Practice overview

Beryl has specialised in family law for her entire career, but since 2011 has chosen to focus primarily on public law children cases. She often appears without a leader against Queen’s Counsel. Beryl deals with the most legally and factually complicated matters and is keenly interested in cases involving unusual medical aspects.

Practice areas

Public law children

Forced Marriage & FGM

Recent cases

Beryl recently acted for a local authority on a case involving non-accidental injury, issues relating to osteogenesis imperfecta and an allegation of negligence against a paediatrician, which resulted in a hospital being joined as a party.

She also acted in a case involving allegations of intergenerational sexual abuse within a number of linked families, including allegations against children. There were issues as to whether the local authority was able to pursue children as perpetrators, and the case lasted eight weeks in the High Court.




"Her delivery of legal advice and advocacy is razor-sharp yet she is unfussy and approachable." "She has very good mastery of the detail. A real standout." (Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2018)

"Highly respected for her calm demeanour and systematic approach to cases." (The Legal 500 2017)

"Beryl is highly intelligent, extremely good with clients and works very hard." "She is just phenomenal, very approachable, always willing to help and happy to go the extra mile." (Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2017)

"She is highly competent and certainly the best the region has to offer." (The Legal 500, 2016)

"Thorough, very knowledgeable and unflappable in contested hearings" (The Legal 500, 2015)

Focuses her practice in public law children proceedings. She has particular expertise in cases with medical issues.  "She does a lot of local authority work and is well trusted." (Chambers UK Guide to the Bar 2015).

"Always happy to discuss the case in question" (The Legal 500, 2014)

“A key barrister for public and private law children work.” (The Legal 500, 2013)

Recommended for children work (The Legal 500 2012)

"An all encompassing family practice" (The Legal 500 2011)


Reported cases

A City Council v M & Ors [2014] EWHC 3601 (Fam)

S (A Child) & Ors v Nottingham City Council & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 771

Re K (a child) (contact)[2008] All ER (D) 159

R (on the application of G) v Nottingham City Council [2008] 3 FCR 568

Re G (a child) (interim care order)[2008] All ER (D) 107

Loseby v Newman [1996] 1 FCR 647


Professional background

Beryl graduated in Law and English from Keele University in 1986 and was called to the Bar in 1989. She undertook her Pupillage at the Chambers of Michael Hill QC, 3 Temple Gardens and St. Mary’s Chambers and has practised at St. Mary’s Chambers since 1989. She is a former member of the Bar Council Sex Discrimination Committee and a member of the Legal Services Funding Review Panel.

"Her delivery of legal advice and advocacy is
razor-sharp yet she is unfussy and approachable"

Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2018