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Melissa Barlow

Melissa Barlow

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The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Melissa Barlow is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for her expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Melissa Barlow - She is very experienced and gives clear, robust advice in a manner clients understand and respect

Melissa Barlow is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for her expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Melissa Barlow - Level-headed and sensible


Melissa has over 20 years experience in family law acting for Local Authorities, parents, Guardians, children and prospective special guardians and adopters.

Her particular expertise includes:

  • Public law care proceedings
  • Secure accommodation
  • 16(4) Guardian cases
  • International and internal relocation
  • Emergency applications
  • Child arrangement orders
  • Children matters in the European Court of Human Rights

Reported cases

YC v United Kingdom (2012) 55 EHRR 967
Counsel for mother in appeal to ECHR. Case cited in B-S in relation to the fact that family ties should only be severed in very exceptional circumstances

Re B
Secure accommodation: Inherent jurisdiction) (No. 2) [2013] EWHC 4655 (Fam)
secure accommodation through the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court

Y (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1337
Appeal shortly after the decision in Re B-S. Did not appear at original hearing. Praised by Court of Appeal for pragmatic approach and for the constructive way forward suggested.

Re L (a child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1239
A successful appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of a half sibling asked to provide DNA in an attempt to establish the paternity of another half sibling, the man asserting paternity having refused to provide a sample himself.

Other notable cases

XCC v A v B
Represented a father who was found, during the course of proceedings, to have killed an earlier child. New child successfully rehabilitated to care of the parents.

XCC v Y v Z
Represented a Local Authority. Child suffered life changing shaking injuries at hands of his parents. Findings made against both parents including a deliberate failure to seek medical attention

XCC v D

XCC v A v B
Represented a father who was found, during the course of proceedings, to have killed an earlier child. New child successfully rehabilitated to care of the parents.

XCC v Y v Z
Represented a Local Authority. Child suffered life changing shaking injuries at hands of his parents. Findings made against both parents including a deliberate failure to seek medical attention

XCC v T
Secure accommodation sought for child approaching her 18th birthday. Violent boyfriend likely to cause her significant harm.

XCC v B
Case where foster parents seeking to care for child in long term, opposed by grandparents seeking special guardianship. Child placed permanently with foster parents.

XCC v G
Successfully established parents of child were half siblings in the absence of clear DNA evidence

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News

January 11 2016:

Melissa Barlow appointed as Recorder on the Western Circuit ...read more


September 17 2015:

3PB’s expertise recognised by bumper rankings in Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 ...read more


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Academic Qualifications

BA (Exon)

Dip Law City University

Bar Finals Inns Of Court School of Law 

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Recorder