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Jane Cross QC

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Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers


  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • University of Liverpool
  • Winckley Square Convent School, Preston


  • Advocacy Trainer for Middle Temple and the Northern Circuit
  • Joint Chair Manchester FLBA
  • Northern Circuit Executive Committee
  • Cumbria Family Justice Board

Professional Associations

  • Northern Circuit Executive Committee
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Northern Administrative Law Association
  • Northern Mental Health Bar Association (Founding Member)
  • Court of Protection Practitioners' Association
  • Manchester Medico-Legal Society


Jane had a general common law pupillage at 25 Byrom Street Manchester and 14/15 Winckley Square Preston where she developed a particular interest in public law work, acquiring a diverse and substantial practice, particularly in the High Court. In 2002 she moved to Deans Court Chambers to become part of a dedicated family team and to develop her interest and expertise in this area of law. Always a committed advocate, Jane was appointed to Silk in 2010.

Jane is highly experienced in managing the most complex and demanding cases. She has developed a reputation for skilled cross examination and forceful submission. Her forensic skills are complemented by meticulous preparation and attention to detail and by her persuasive advocacy. Her particular interest in cases involving the death and serious abuse of children reflects her ability to master complex medical evidence and her critical analysis of legal and factual issues.

Jane is also experienced in cases of serious maltreatment and neglect, including cases of sexual and inter-generational sexual abuse, child rape, fabricated and induced illness and emotional abuse and neglect. She is skilled in the questioning of vulnerable children and adults who lack capacity. Her diverse style and flexible approach gives her the ability to represent local authorities, children and parents with equanimity and her ability to adapt and to meet the challenges that these different perspectives demand, means that she is experienced in the management and presentation of all aspects of public law work.

Jane has an interest in the law relating to vulnerable adults, particularly in the jurisdictions of mental capacity and mental health. She is instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of patients and represents other parties, including local authorities, in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, in the Court of Protection and under the Mental Health Legislation. Her particular interest in the issues of deprivation of liberty and of medical treatment complements her experience in the field of public law child protection. This parallel expertise also underpins her work in the determination of the issues of the capacity and best interests of vulnerable young people aged between sixteen and eighteen.

Administrative challenge, particularly in the areas of Community Care and Leaving Care, completes Jane’s profile and she is experienced in advising local authorities and individuals on their rights in these areas.

Jane also practices from

Field Court Chambers
Gray's Inn
T: 020 7831 6112

Zenith Chambers
T: 0113 2455438

Notable Cases

  • Court of Protection

    TA v AA & Knowsley MBC [2013] EWCA Civ 1661

    Jane Cross QC and Jonathan Butler successfully acted in TA v AA & Knowsley Borough Council, in the Court of Appeal. This landmark case establishes the correct procedural route for appeals in respect of s.21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and provides guidance as to how such hearings should be conducted at first instance.

    Full Summary

  • Family

    A -v- S -v- Lancaster County Council

    [2012] EWHC 1689 (Fam)

  • Family

    RE: R

    [2011] EWHC 1715 (Fam) [2011] 2 FLR 1384 - Care Proceedings: Causation

  • Family

    Lancashire County Council -v- R

    [2008] EWCH 2959 (Fam) & [2010] 1 FLR 387

  • Family

    X Council v B

    [2004] EWHC 2015 (Fam) - Emergency Protection Orders

  • Family

    Re A

    [2001] 2FLR 657 - non-Accidental Injury: Medical Evidence

  • Family

    Re R (A Minor)

    [1987]1FLR 391

What the directories say

Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children law matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse.

Chambers and Partners, 2019

‘Highly recommended for public law children matters.’ ‘Noted for her expertise in cases involving vulnerable adults.’

Legal 500, 2018

Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children law matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse. "Exceedingly hard-working." "She is so approachable - I could ring her any time. Her attention to detail is amazing."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

‘Very well known for her practice in mental health and capacity matters.’

Legal 500, 2017

‘Very experienced in serious maltreatment and neglect cases.’

Legal 500, 2017

Highlighted for her expertise in handling public children matters, including serious injury and death cases. She is also well known for her involvement in difficult disputes regarding neglect and sexual abuse. "I rate her highly, she's meticulous in her preparation." "Excellent on childcare."

Chambers UK, 2017

Experienced in cases involving serious abuse.

Legal 500, 2016

Enjoys a strong reputation for childcare work. She has particular expertise in cases involving the death, serious abuse or chronic neglect of children. "She is up there with the very best."

Chambers UK 2015

Supremely articulate in her advocacy. (Public law)

Legal 500, 2014

Forensic in her approach to cases. (Family)

Legal 500, 2014

Specialises in children work

Legal 500, 2014

A committed and tenacious advocate.

Chambers UK, 2014

Instructing solicitors hold this "impressive and very experienced" barrister in high esteem, and highlight her "tremendous advocacy skills".

Chambers UK, 2013

Has a quick brain and good court presence, which make her a formidable opponent.

Legal 500, 2011

Charming, persuasive and blessed with a great sense of humour.

Chambers UK 2010

Lauded for her sound judgement and persuasive manner in the courtroom.

Chambers UK, 2009

Continues to impress the market with her conscientious child advocacy.

Chambers UK, 2008

Fastidious preparation and immaculate presentation.

Chambers UK, 2007

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