Guy Swiffen

Call: 1991


T: 0113 246 2600

BA (Hons) History, Reading University
L.Dip. City University, London
Chambers and Partners 2020

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Guy has been at the Bar since 1991 and has practised exclusively in the field of children law for nearly 20 years. He began his career in London and then moved to the North of England in the late 1990s. Since then he has forged a heavyweight practise which takes him to all parts of the North of England dealing with many of the most complex cases being heard in the region. His reputation is very high amongst both his peers and the Judiciary, and he is recognised in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 year on year.

He has been described as a “bright and stunningly good junior.” He is known to be an incisively devastating cross examiner. Over the years his practise has taken him to developing the forensic skills to challenge the analyses and opinions of medical experts in the witness box. Complimenting his forensic skills is an excellent knowledge of the legislation and case law. He is happy to operate at all court levels : he has had the experience of taking a case all the way to the House of Lords. He prides himself on having a friendly and approachable relationship with clients and solicitors alike.

He often acts against QCs as a leading Junior ( leading both Junior Counsel and solicitors ).

Areas of Expertise

All aspects of the law relating to children :

In care proceedings he has extensive experience in representing local authorities throughout the North of England in complex proceedings ( including against Leading Counsel ). He also has a substantial body of work representing parents and other family members ( including those with physical and learning disabilities ) as well as Guardians and the Official Solicitor. His practise often deals with child fatalities as well as physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

In addition he has a substantial Practise in all aspects of Private Law Children Work. This includes applications to remove children from the jurisdiction, Child Abduction, and applications for Child Arrangement Orders ( including internal relocation ). He has extensive experience in making emergency applications ( often before High Court Judges ) as well as dealing with issues of a jurisdictional complexity.