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Paul Lopez

St Ives Chambers - Birmingham

  • 1-3 Whittall Street
  • Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
  • B4 6DH

Practice Areas

Specialises in family law, dealing with children's cases, both public and private law, ancillary relief, court of protection.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association; Birmingham Medico-Legal Society.


Paul Lopez practises in children’s law, both public and private, specialising in public cases of complexity, sensitivity and gravity. He has considerable experience with serious non-accidental injury, brain trauma, sexual abuse and sudden death (suffocation, poisoning or trauma); serious “shaken baby syndrome” cases causing brain injury or death; and parents with Factitious or Induced Illness Disorder by Proxy. His cases involve complex and conflicting medical, psychiatric and psychological evidence. Well known for his knowledge of medical matters, detailed preparation, encyclopaedic memory and ability to examine upon complex medical issues. Many of the parents he represents have been diagnosed as posing a serious risk to children and or to have severe personality disorders. He appears regularly against leading counsel and as the “leading” junior in two counsel cases. He has substantial experience in difficult contact and residence disputes, cases of parental alienation, applications to remove children from the jurisdiction, and cases involving international abduction, judicial review, inherent jurisdiction and human rights of children. He is experienced in complex court of protection cases acting for adults, children, the Official Solicitor and Local Authorities. Renowned for his ability to establish a rapport with clients and explain complex issues in an easily understandable manner. He appears in cases where withdrawal of medical treatment from terminally ill children is sought.


Birmingham University LLB (Hons); Called to the Bar 1982; Appointed Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division) May, 2013 Recorder (crime) 2001, (private family law) 2003, (civil) 2003, (public family law) 2009.