Judy Claxton

Called 1991
Joint Head of Chambers

Practice overview

Judy has practised exclusively in public law cases since 2005, acting for Local Authorities, parents, guardians, interveners and the Official Solicitor. Judy has particular expertise in complex serious injury cases and where multiple, life threatening or fatal injuries have occurred, or where serious allegations of sexual abuse have been made. 

Practice areas

Public law



"Immediately springs to mind as one of the most impressive barristers." "Her client care and case preparation are second to none. She is extremely competent in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. (Chambers guide to the UK Bar 2018)

"A very safe pair of hands." (The Legal 500 2017)

"She is excellent, thorough and hands-on." "I really rate her very highly. If I was up against it, I would go to her." (Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2017)

"Exclusively handles public law care cases" (The Legal 500, 2016)

"A specialist in care cases involving serious injuries, fatalities and sexual abuse" (The Legal 500,2015)

Reported cases

A Local Authority v K & Anor [2016] EWFC 35

Re H (Care Order - Designated Local Authority) [2016] EWFC 39

Lincolnshire County Council v KP & Ors [2014] EWFC B129

J and D (fact-finding) [2014] EWFC B89

Lincolnshire County Council v LU & Ors [2014] EWFC B94

E (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 537

Re Q (a child: adoption) [2012] All ER (D) 153

H and others (sexual abuse: standard of proof) [1996] 1 All ER 1

Professional background

Judy graduated in Law from King’s College London in 1989 and was called to the Bar in 1991. Following a successful pupillage at St. Mary’s Chambers, she became a tenant in 1992 and has exclusively practised in family law since 1995.

"Immediately springs to mind as one of the most impressive barristers.Her client care and case preparation are second to none"

Chambers Guide to the UK Bar 2018