Kevin Gordon (2013)

Barrister

Year of call 2013

Areas of practice Children law (public), Children law (private), Public Access

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“Excellent, very thorough, always prepared for hearings and goes the extra mile. He will fight tooth and nail for a client”

Biography

Kevin is a specialist family law barrister with a very rounded knowledge of public and private family law. Having worked for over 13 years with leading local authorities Kevin brings a socio-legal understanding to family law not generally found at the Family Bar. Extremely hard working and dedicated to his clients, he is always in demand. Recent client comments include "Kevin was AMAZING today - brilliant!He was able to get a grip quickly and kept this as on track as possible with missing bits of the bundle and parental tactics" and "Thank you so much for all your work. You are a wonderful barrister and I felt confident you would represent me well and you did. Thank you again!".

Kevin began his career as a probation and aftercare officer in Jamaica. Through that work, he developed skills and an interest in working with children, and he is highly skilled at engaging with families and working for fair solutions. He is often instructed to represent mentally unwell and vulnerable clients to whom he brings a calm and reassuring approach. Trained in systemic therapy, Kevin has a solution-focused approach when working with clients and advocates alike.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Kevin danced professionally as a contemporary ballet dancer for 6 years. He is the lead choreographer and dancer during the annual Miscellany Production at Gray’s Inn. He retains a commanding stage presence which he uses to great effect in court.

Kevin’s professional background in local authorities in the capacities of frontline social work, senior social worker, team manager and consultant mean that he is particularly good at dealing with care proceedings, whether he is representing parents, guardians, children or the local authority. Social workers have commented that ‘Kevin just gets it’.

Kevin is experienced at managing and dealing with complex child protection cases (involving issues such non accidental injuries, domestic violence, mental health, substance misuse, sexual abuse and others).  He also has experience of devising safeguarding programmes for assessing, reviewing and supporting families and protecting children, which is very valuable when assessing proposed care plans and arrangements for children. 

Kevin has acted in applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders, including one of the first cases for an order to be made in the family courts.

Kevin is able to deal with all applications relating to residence and contact arrangements for children, including those which involve an international element. He is particularly skilled at handling child arrangement disputes and managing difficult clients including those who are vulnerable, suffering from mental illness and lacking capacity.  He has been praised for his calmness and sensitivity when dealing with clients at times of high emotional stress.

Raising the Bar: meet the barrister (Gray's Inn podcast, 3 February 2020) 

Occupation Orders: Are we there yet? (Family Law Week, 7 July 2016)

To instruct Kevin please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush

Education

  • LL.B.(Hons) Birkbeck, University of London

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Assocaition
  • Advocate

Prizes

  • Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray's Inn
  • Advocacy Training Recipient, Kalisher Scholarship Trust

Notable Cases

Re FL (a Child): [2020] EWCA Civ 20: Kevin successfully defended an Special Guardianship Order in favour of a maternal grandmother

G v London Borough of Redbridge (High Court): claim by a mother against a local authority for alleged breaches of Articles 6 and 8 of the ECHR during the course of care proceedings

LBS v SC, B and C: lengthy and complex fact finding hearing following the death of a child

LB Redbridge v MS, KS and others: successful application for placement orders for four children where the parents had learning difficulties and were particularly vulnerable and vehemently opposed the application

PCC vs GK, CW and others: case involving allegations of non-accidental injury and neglect resulting in the adoption of children