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Lawrence Messling

Lawrence Messling

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Lawrence Messling is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.´╗┐

Family/Matrimonial - Midlands (Bar) - Band 1

Lawrence Messling 
Senior junior who focuses exclusively on serious public law children cases, in which he is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents and guardians. His caseload includes complex fact-finding cases, fabricated illnesses and multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "Lawrence is excellent, extremely courteous, unruffled and very hard-working." "Always well prepared and a lovely manner. I just think he's brilliant."

´╗┐Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

´╗┐"A very articulate, persuasive advocate” and  “He carries a seniority that gives him authority”

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

‘Simply outstanding – he is extremely thorough and an exceptional advocate.’ - Legal 500 2016

Lawrence Messling has ‘a steely determination to do what is right’ - Legal 500 2013

Lawrence Messling is ‘hardworking, approachable and very professional’ - Legal 500 2012

Lawrence Messling is an ‘extremely competent advocate whose measured and professional approach has promoted the resolution of complicated and emotionally charged matters’ - Legal 500 2011


Lawrence is an experienced family law barrister advising in public law children cases, often appearing in High and County Courts. He has more than twenty five years experience as an advocate in public law children’s cases.

Reported Cases

Lawrence advised Nottinghamshire County Council in the High Court case exercising its powers, under the inherent jurisdiction, in relation to a treatment plan for a young child involving the withdrawal of life-supporting treatment and the institution of palliative care measures. Click this link for further information:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-37190013

RE F (A CHILD) 11 Dec 2015 (HHJ Rundell) 

BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL v CH [2015] EWFC 66 

ReEK (CHILD:THERAPY) [2013] EWHC 3747 (Fam) 

A CITY COUNCIL v M [2013] 1 FLR 517

RE L (A CHILD) [2011] EWHC 1285 (FAM) (JUDGE BELLAMY)
Actual errors and omissions in articles written by a journalist about care proceedings demonstrated the dangers in relying on  partisan reporting by family members and supporters rather than attending court hearings to hear the evidence the court itself heard.

RE A AND B (ONE PARENT KILLED BY THE OTHER- GUIDANCE) [2010] EWHC B25 (FAM)(HOGG J) (7 SEPTEMBER 2010)
Hogg J considered the issues in a case where one parent had been killed by the other and gave extensive guidance about such cases.

W-P (CHILDREN) [2009] EWCA CIV 216 (SIR MARK POTTER (PRESIDENT), SMITH LJ, WILSON LJ) [2009] 2 FLR 200
The Court of Appeal considered an appeal by a local authority against findings of fact made in respect of non-accidental injuries sustained by a seven week old baby.

X and Y v A LOCAL AUTHORITY (ADOPTION: PROCEDURE) [2009] EWHC 47 (FAM) MCFARLANE J [2009] 2 FLR 984
McFarlane J considered a failure by the Family Proceedings Court to meet the requirements of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 s.46(6). An agreement which had been reached between local authority and birth parent on a regime for postadoption contact about which the adopters were not informed and to which the adopters would not agree was set aside.

RE B (MINOR) 2008 EWHC 1996 COLERIDGE J 10/6/08 (LAWFULNESS OF NOT RESUSCITATING DISABLED CHILD)
The court considered whether it would be lawful and in the best interests of a profoundly mentally and physically disabled child for her not to receive intensive resuscitation, if she developed a deteriorating illness or became severely unwell

A COUNTY COUNCIL V A MOTHER, A FATHER AND X, Y AND Z (BY THEIR GUARDIAN) [2005] EWHC 31 (FAM) RYDER J[2005] 2 FLR 129
Ryder J considered the proper approach to deducing the welfare of the child. It was a multi-faceted concept which could not be deduced from any one professional perspective. He also considered the relevance of the terms ‘Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy’ and ‘Factitious/fabricated (and induced) illness (by proxy)’ concluding that they were not descriptions of a disease, but merely descriptions of a range of behaviours whose context and assessments could provide insight into the degree of risk a child might face.

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Lawrence Messling joins 3PB's Birmingham chambers ...read more


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Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Professional Bodies

  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering
  • Member of FLBA