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Darren Howe QC


Grays Inn 1992 (Silk 2015)


  • LLB (Hons) University of Hull
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Darren specialises in the whole range of children related disputes. Darren regularly appears in complex public law cases concerning sexual abuse and non-accidental injury to children. Darren has a particular interest in complex private law children cases involving parental alienation and intractable contact disputes. Darren regularly appears in cases involving the international movement of children, same-sex couples and shared parenting, domestic and international surrogacy arrangements. Darren represents parents and children in private law cases involving domestic and international relocation.

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Court of Protection


Financial Remedy


Darren is an experienced Court of Protection practitioner. 

Recent Notable Cases

Re M (Rev 3) [2015] EWHC 2082 (Fam)

Recent articles should include the following additions:

Enough is Enough: A report on Child Protection and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People (The Centre for Social Justice [June 2014])
Concurrent Planning: Achieving early permanence for babies and young children. BAAF July 2013

Marshall v Rubypoint [1997] 1 EGLR 69, (1997) 29 HLR 850

Re B - L (Children) (Care Proceedings: Responsibility for Injury) [2004] All ER (D) 345 (May)

Re M (Children) [2007] All ER (D) 46

Re G (Surrogacy: Foreign Domicile) [2008] 1 FLR 1047

Re L (Care Proceedings: Removal of Child) [2008] 1 FLR 575

Re T (Abduction: Rights of Custody) [2008] 2 FLR 1794

Re E (Abduction: Intolerable Situation) [2009] 2 FLR 485

Re S (Parental Order) [2010] 1 FLR 1156

A County Council v K and others [2011] EWHC 1672

Re T (Care Proceedings: Drug Testing) [2013] 2 FLR 467

Re E (Withdrawal of Care Proceedings) [2013] EWHC 2400

Re M (A Child) (Care Order: Findings Against Father) [2013] All ER (D) 54 (Oct), [2013] EWCA Civ 1819

SAB (A Child) [2014] EWHC 385 (Fam)

Re B (A Child) (1980 Hague Convention Proceedings) [2014] EWCA Civ 375

Re D [2014] EWHC 2376 (Fam)

Appointments & Professional Memberships

Darren is a Recorder and is 'ticketed' to hear private and public law family proceedings and Deputy High Court Judge. 

Member Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), South Eastern.

Recent Articles

Removal of Children at Interim Hearings [2009] Fam Law 321

International Surrogacy - A Country Tale, Family Law January 2008

Expert Evidence in cases of Alleged Non-Accidental Injury, Family Law October 2007

Training & Seminars

Darren has delivered many lectures within chambers, for external providers and local authorities on specialist subjects within his expertise, including such topics as adoption, care planning the Public Law case management protocol, paediatricians as expert witnesses, parenting orders and international surrogacy.



Principal place of practice 1 Garden Court Chambers, London

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