Nicholas Stonor QC

Year of call:

1993 · Silk 2015 (Door Tenant)


1992 - University College London, LLB (Hons)

1993 - Inns of Court School of Law


2016 - Family Court Recorder

2015 - Queen's Counsel

2014 - Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee


Family Law Bar Association Northumbria Family Justice Council (Bar representative) North Eastern Circuit

Nick Stonor QC was called to the Bar in 1993 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He is a family law Silk, as well as Court Recorder, specialising in cases involving children and vulnerable adults.

Public Law Children

Nicholas is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings. He has a particular interest in cases involving disputed medical evidence (including suspicious death, factitious and induced illness, shaking and sexual abuse), jurisdictional and international issues, cultural/religious issues, human rights issues, and interfaces
between the Family Court and the Court of Protection.

Private Law Children

Nicholas represents family members across the spectrum of private law disputes and has a particular interest in relocation cases.

Medical Treatment and ‘End of Life’

Nicholas provides advice and representation, often at short notice, for NHS Trusts, local authorities and family members where the treatment
plan for a child or vulnerable adult is in dispute.

Forced Marriage

Nicholas provides advice and representation, again often at short notice, for local authorities and family members in cases involving alleged forced marriage.

Matrimonial Finance

Nicholas has a particular interest in cases involving high net worth and/or hidden assets.

Safeguarding and Policy

Nicholas is regularly instructed by local authorities and other public authorities to advise on safeguarding and policy issues in connection with the discharge of responsibilities towards children and vulnerable adults. Recent instructions have involved serious case reviews, safeguarding adult reviews and financial support for family carers.

Notable Cases

  • Re AB (A Child) [2018] EWFC 3 (Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division)

Representing parents of child with life-limiting condition. Court of Appeal allowed appeal against care order. Guidance from President as to how local authorities should approach cases involving disputes in relation to medical treatment.

  • Re B (Children) EWCA Civ 23/08/17 (McFarlane, Thirlwall and Moylan LJJ)

For appellant local authority where trial judge’s interventionist approach had “crossed the line”.

  • Re WM [2017] EWCA Civ (17/03/17) (McFarlane LJ; Burnett LJ)

Representing 16 year old child appealing child arrangements order made by High Court. Representing the child supporting local authority’s appeal against decision to dismiss care proceedings.

  • Northumberland County Council v. Z, Y, X (By Her Children’s Guardian) and the
    Government of the Republic of Kenya [2009] EWHC 498; [2009] 2 FLR 696 (Munby J)

Representing the local authority in care proceedings concerning a child who had been brought into the UK illegally; subsequent issue as to the disclosure of case materials to the police, immigration authorities and Kenyan authorities.

  • Re B (Fact-Finding Hearing: Evidence) [2008] EWCA Civ 1547; [2009] 2 FLR 14 (Thorpe LJ, Lawrence Collins LJ, Goldring LJ))

Representing the local authority appealing the outcome of a fact-finding hearing within care proceedings.

  • Re S; Newcastle City Council v. Z [2005] EWHC 1490 (Fam); [2007] 1 FLR 861 (Munby J)

Representing the child in a freeing for adoption case where the mother opposed on
religious grounds.

  • Y and K (Split Hearing: Evidence) [2003] EWCA Civ 669; [2003] 2 FLR 273 (Thorpe LJ, Hale LJ)

Representing the local authority appealing the outcome of a fact-finding hearing within care proceedings.

  • Re C (Leave to Remove from Jurisdiction) [2000] 2 FLR 457 (Morritt LJ, Thorpe LJ, Chadwick LJ)

Representing the mother on an appeal against the refusal of her request for permission to take her child to live abroad with her new husband.

  • C v. K (Inherent Powers: Exclusion Order) [1996] 2 FLR 506 (Wall J)

Representing a woman seeking the exclusion of her former partner from her home.

Contact Nicholas’ clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212