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Deputy High Court Judge (2009)
Alex Verdan QC specialises in complex and serious children cases, particularly those involving child fatalities, significant injuries and serious abuse where there is disputed medical evidence and links to criminal proceedings. He has also appeared in matters involving sexual abuse (and false allegations of sexual abuse), factitious illness, intractable contact disputes, and in applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction. Notably, Alex was instructed by the children in reputedly the longest-running care case in English legal history – with the threshold hearing lasting 5 months – and recently completed a 30-day fact-finding hearing.
He also has extensive experience in Inquiries (both Public and Part 8). Alex represented one of the Local Authorities in the Victoria Climbié Inquiry, was Counsel to the Isle of Man Commission of Inquiry into the Care of Young People, and regularly advises a number of Local Authorities in Part 8s. He is a frequent adviser to Local Authorities on policy issues, and to the media in relation to various aspects of Family Law.
Alex has been in practice for over 25 years and over that time has built up extensive experience in all types of children cases. The majority of his practice is now in the High Court Family Division. Alex regularly lectures at family law conferences (at Dartington Hall, for example) and seminars and provides training for judges (through the Judicial Studies Board), solicitors, psychiatrists and social workers. He writes for various publications including Family Law Week, Solicitors Journal and New Law Journal.
Alex Verdan QC also practises from 4 Paper Buildings Chambers in London, where he is Head of Chambers