Gail Farrington

Called 2011

Practice overview

Gail is an experienced all round family law practitioner who regularly undertakes a range of complex matters including financial matters involving pensions, properties and trusts.

In addition, Gail also has expertise in public law children cases, including a recent eight-week case involving serious allegations of abuse. She regularly represents parents, local authorities, children’s guardians and the Official Solicitor, as well as working with the Court of Protection and making representation at the Coroner’s Court. Gail is a former solicitor with Higher Rights, and has specialised in family law since 2001. Gail also undertakes work through Rocket Lawyer.

Awarded Direct Access Family Barrister 2015 in the Acquisition International Legal Awards.

Practice areas

Public law

Private law

Financial remedy


Court of Protection

Direct access

Recent cases

Gail recently represented a father at an appeal in the High Court against the coroner's decision not to allow his daughter's body to be exhumed for further examination: Click here

Gail recently represented a mother at an inquest where concerns were raised over the police investigation following the death of her son.

She also recently represented a wife in financial proceedings where the issue was the division of the husband's extensive pension provision.

Another case saw Gail represent a husband in financial proceedings where the wife was unable to account for approximately £100,000 in cash previously within her control.

She also represented a minor in proceedings seeking to oppose the adoption of a sibling. This involved complex issues regarding ongoing contact.

Gail has recently been involved in a complicated court of protection case which involved multiple parties with a legal argument regarding designation of a local authority

In a recent high profile case Gail represented a local authority at inquest following the death of a patient at a mental health unit after she was permitted to leave the ward unsupervised for a cigarette.


"Gail Farrington is a direct access barrister who has great insight into all aspects of the law, including coronial law. Her friendly, knowledgable clerk Scott Baldwin,recommended Gail. Enlisting Gail was the best thing we could have done, her performance at the inquest was dynamic, tenacious and successful. She is authoritative, friendly and accessible. Her skills are beyond impressive with her thoughtfulness and attention to detail. If we ever have the misfortune to require the services of a legal professional,we would not hesitate to contact Gail Farrington again." - A. Williams, A.Mitchell & M.Mee September 2016

"Mrs Farrington has represented me recently in a very complex family matter where upon I as a father was being denied access to my children. She represented and advised me in a very professional and at times blunt matter to ensure I had realistic goals that could be achieved by both my ex-wife and the court. On the whole she did a fantastic job and I would strongly recommend her to all my friends and family." Mr Sugrue, April 2016

"I would like to thank Gail Farrington for the way in which she handled our case and achieving the answers to our questions. This was a very distressing and delicate time for my family, in which we had to witness and hear in depth and disturbing evidence surrounding what happened to our loved ones that day. Gail was extremely professional and compassionate, but never the less thorough in her questioning and preparation of our case." Ms Walker, March 2016

"Gail has been extremely efficient in dealing with my Family case that was ongoing for 2 years. She has a pragmatic approach in dealing with difficult situations well. When instructed she gives her 100% to get that outcome that is in the best interest of the child and her client. She is indeed an excellent negotiator and has good listening skills. Most importantly, she is extremely persuasive and was awesome at the hearing" Mr Dewan, February 2016

“Gail has been the human face during a period of difficult legal proceedings and make this difficult time easier”.- Mr Cooke, February 2016

"I found Gail to be wholly approachable and friendly and she immediately grasped my dire situation quickly. Totally precise, professional, experienced and faultless with an equally important approachable friendly caring nature" - Mr Scavetta, February 2015

Professional background

Gail started her legal career in 1992 as a trainee legal executive for a large Hull firm of solicitors, gaining experience in a wide variety of civil law disputes. She qualified as a legal executive in 1997, before becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1999. 

In 2004, Gail qualified as a solicitor and subsequently obtained Higher Rights (all issues) in 2006. She has practised predominantly in Hull and East Yorkshire, specialising in family law since 2001. Gail was admitted to the Law Society Children Panel before transferring to the Bar and joining St. Mary’s Chambers in 2011.


Gail Farrington represents family in "tragic dentist" inquest

Urgent Safety Measures Being Taken on A18 Following Gail Farrington's Appearance at Inquest

Gail Farrington instructed in fatal accident inquest and closes A18

Gail Farrington wins Direct Access Family Barrister 2015 award

A former solicitor specialising in family law since 2001.