Charles Geekie QC

Called 1985, Silk 2006
Door Tenant

Practice overview

Charles’ practice centres on legal issues concerning children. He acts in both public and private law and international cases and has great experience in dealing with complex residence cases and those involving relocation. In the public law field, he represents local authorities, parents and guardians. He has particular experience in complex care cases involving fatalities, serious injuries and sexual and emotional abuse.

Charles has a special interest in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence and cases involving a conflict of medical evidence. In 2010, he succeeded in persuading the Supreme Court to bring about a change in the law relating to children giving evidence in family proceedings.

Practice areas

Public law

Private law

Court of Protection

Recommendations

“A very well-versed barrister, he is to the point, courteous and succinct. He’s a terrific and highly effective advocate… a top children's silk.” (Chambers Guide to the Bar, 2014)

“Well-prepared, measured and thoughtful advocacy... he presents cases very clearly to the court and is very communicative with solicitors.” (Chambers Guide to the Bar, 2013)

Recent cases

Charles’ recent case Re W [2013] EWCA Civ 1277 involved a detailed exposition by Ryder LJ of the role of a local authority in the course of care proceedings (as opposed to the differing role either before issue or after conclusion of the proceedings). In a short judgment, the President described the decision as complementing the recent Court of Appeal judgment in Re B-S. The two cases together, the President remarked, “will for the future inform practice in all care cases”.

Another recent case, Re X and Y (Executive Summary of Serious Case Review: Reporting Restrictions) [2012] EWCA Civ 1500, [2013] 2 FLR 628 involved the duty of the Safeguarding Board to report an executive summary of a Serious Case Review following a child’s death.

Charles has also recently worked on cases involving parental flight from child protection agencies, habitual residence and BIIR, including Bridgend County Borough Council v GM and Another [2012] EWHC 3118 (Fam), [2013] 1 FLR 987.

Professional background

Charles graduated with an LLB from Bristol University in [year]. He was called to the Bar in 1985 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2006. He has been a door tenant at St. Mary’s Chambers since 2011, while his main practice remains at 1 Garden Court, London.