Shiva Ancliffe KC is a tenacious new silk, specialising in all aspects of private law children cases and public law care cases. She has a growing arbitration practice and her wealth of experience in private children matters, and her fair approach, make her ideally suited for children’s arbitration work.
Shiva is also a qualified mediator and children’s arbitrator.
Shiva specialises in all aspects of private law children cases including complex fact-finding hearings, parental alienation, and those with an international element.
She also has considerable experience in public law care proceedings and undertakes complex cases including non-accidental injury, serious sexual abuse, and factitious illness. Her practice also involves, forced marriage, child abduction and adoption.
Shiva has a growing arbitration practice and her wealth of experience in private children matters and fair approach make her ideally suited for children’s arbitration work.
Outside of work, Shiva is a co-opted trustee of her local Women’s Aid branch.
International Family Law
Private Law Children
Public Law Children
Re S (A child)  EWCA Civ 1845
Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment)  EWCA Civ 992
London Borough of Brent v D and Ors  EWHC 2452 (Fam)
LB Hounslow v M and F  EWFC B214
Re H (A Child) (Analysis of Realistic Options and SGOs)  EWCA Civ 406
Re B (Placement Order)  EWFC B180
GO v EN & Ors  EWHC 3622 (Fam)
Local Authority 1 & Others v AF (Mother) & Others  EWHC 2042 (Fam)
Re: W (Minor) (Contact application:procedure)
Re ZZ and Others  EWFC 9
London Borough of Camden D (Mother) & Ors  EWHC B35 (Fam)
Education and Professional Memberships
LLB (Hons) – Birmingham City University
Bar Vocational Course
CIArb Children Arbitration course
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Bar Council Remuneration Committee
“Shiva is authoritative, skilled with judges, and is a powerful force as a trial advocate.” Legal 500, 2024 Ranked: Tier 4
“Hard-working, earnest and driven to represent her client with the utmost skill, she is a very determined advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2023
“Shiva is a grafter who has great mastery of the detail in a case.” Chambers and Partners 2023
“Shiva is extremely intelligent and has a forensic approach to cases. Her advocacy skills are excellent, and submissions are very impressive.” Legal 500 2023
“She’s tenacious and leaves no stone unturned. Whether it’s a litany of unattractive allegations or complex medical evidence, she will quickly get the measure of them.” Chambers and Partners 2022
“An effective, hard-working cross-examiner and negotiator who always has her clients in the forefront of her mind.” Chambers and Partners 2022
“She is knowledgeable, helpful and works effectively to put forward cohesive cases.” Chambers and Partners 2022