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Shiva Ancliffe KC

Silk 2021 | Barrister


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. 

Practice Areas

International Family Law

Private Law Children

Public Law Children

Dispute Resolution

Local Authority


Derbyshire County Council v AA & Ors [2022] EWHC 3404 (Fam) 

A Local Authority v The Mother & Anor [2022] EWHC 3043 (Fam)

Local Authority B v BD & Ors [2022] EWHC 2341 (Fam)

Re S (A child) [2019] EWCA Civ 1845 

Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment) [2018] EWCA Civ 992 

London Borough of Brent v D and Ors [2017] EWHC 2452 (Fam)

LB Hounslow v M and F [2015] EWFC B214

Re H (A Child) (Analysis of Realistic Options and SGOs) [2015] EWCA Civ 406

Re B (Placement Order) [2014] EWFC B180

GO v EN & Ors [2014] EWHC 3622 (Fam)

Local Authority 1 & Others v AF (Mother) & Others [2014] EWHC 2042 (Fam)

Re: W (Minor) (Contact application:procedure) 

FD 12.10.99

Re ZZ and Others [2014] EWFC 9

London Borough of Camden D (Mother) & Ors [2013] EWHC B35 (Fam)

Education and Professional Memberships

LLB (Hons) – Birmingham City University 

Bar Vocational Course 

CIArb Children Arbitration course 

Family Law Bar Association 

Lincolns Inn 

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