Darren Ward (2020)


Year of call 2020

Areas of practice Children law (public), Children law (private), Court of Protection

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Darren joined Chambers in December 2020 to complete his Second Six having been granted exemption from the majority of pupillage due to his extensive previous experience.

Darren had a successful career as a solicitor specialising in care proceedings  before deciding to pursue his passion for advocacy and transferring to the Bar. He worked in private practice for 9 years representing children, their parents and guardians and local authorities before moving in house with local authorities for 4 years. Darren worked for a number of different local authorities so has invaluable experience of their processes which informs his practice, both when he is representing the local authority and when he is against them. He is organised, thorough and good at building effective working relationships.

Darren was a member of the Law Society Children Panel from 2013 onwards.

Darren has a wealth of experience in children law particularly public law cases. Having been a solicitor for 10 years, and working within several local authorities, he has an exceptional insight into the needs and concerns of those instructing him. He acts for local authorities, parents, guardians and children and is always well prepared, courteous and on top of his brief. 

Darren is always willing to provide training to clients, and presented a webinar in June 2021 for the LBLA which was a case update covering recent developments in family law particularly relating to Forced Marriage Protection Orders. Slides are available here.

To instruct Darren please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush.


  • LL.B. (Hons) London Metropolitan University