Kerry Cockayne

Called 2002

Practice overview

After a short break from practice to care for her young family, Kerry returned to chambers in November 2016.  Kerry accepts instructions in injunctive relief and in all areas of public and private law children cases, representing local authorities, parents, the Official Solicitor, extended family members and guardians. She has substantial experience in cases covering a wide range of issues, including non-accidental injuries, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, emotional harm and neglect and in cases involving conflicting medical opinion.

Practice areas

Public law

Private law


Forced Marriage & FGM

Professional background

Kerry graduated in Law with Spanish from the University of Sheffield in 2001 and was called to the Bar in 2002. She became a tenant at St. Mary’s Chambers in 2004 following successful completion of a specialist family law pupillage. 

Kerry is also Senior Tutor at the University of Law in Birmingham teaching on the Bar Professional Training Course.  She is responsible for the delivery of the Family Option on the course and the assessment of key skills.  She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an accredited advocacy trainer by the Bar Standards Board.

Kerry is also engaged by the Bar Standards Board as a standard setter for the Bar Ethics and Civil Litigation exams and is consulted in assessing the rigour, marking and in the moderation of those assessments.