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Stephen Chippeck

Call 1988

Practice Profile

Summary of Practice

  • Public Law child care
  • Private Law children
  • Ancillary Relief 
  • Civil actions against the police and public authorities.
  • Human Rights Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Employment law
  • Personal InjuryPrison law
  • Contract law

Stephen has a background in criminal law where he prosecuted and defended in the most serious of cases as junior alone and as leading junior. He was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Prosecution Advocates for 6 years. Stephen lectures on such topics as public interest immunity for police officers, immigration officers and social workers and the interface between family law and criminal law to local authorities and police forces.

Family Law:
Stephen is regularly instructed in complex care proceedings on behalf of parents and guardians, dealing with all forms of sexual abuse allegations, non accidental injury, serious neglect, forced marriages and indecent images.  He also represents parents in contact and residence disputes, cases of child abduction, medical treatment (children and patients), cases of wardship/within the inherent jurisdiction and ancillary relief. Stephen was ranked in Chambers UK 2012 and 2013 for family law.

Civil actions against the police and public authorities:
Stephen has extensive experience in civil actions against the police where he represents claimants and regularly appears in both jury and non jury actions. He regularly deals with cases of assault, unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, malicious prosecution and breaches of European Convention rights.

Stephen has developed a successful practice in representing children and parents from Children Act care proceedings in Human Rights Acts damages claims against local authorities and health authorities. He has an expertise in dealing with cases involving the witness protection programme.

Human Rights Law
Stephen has developed an expertise representing children, parents and grandparents from Children Act proceedings in Human Rights Act damages claims against local authorities and health authorities.

In addition Stephen represents a wide range of Claimants in civil actions against wider public authorities including families left bereaved by the wrongful release of psychiatric patients , farmers in a large scale fraud claims , actions against Local Authority planning departments and actions against the Home Office. 

Judicial Review:
Stephen has made a number of appearances before the Administrative Court involving the refusal to allow early release of prisoners, miscalculation of prison terms, procedural unfairness in a doctor being struck off the medical register, government conspiracy to withhold information from serving prisoners, failures by magistrates to allow adjournments and interpretation of sentencing statute in respect of young offenders.

In the Prison law field, Stephen has dealt with numerous cases involving prisoners sustaining injuries by reason of attack by fellow prisoners, prison officers and by reason of unsafe work and other practices. Stephen has appeared in numerous contract disputes and has particular experience in dealing with civil cases involving allegations of fraud and is currently engaged in representing a large number of farmers in a large scale fraud claim. In Employment law, Stephen has experience in dealing with cases concerning disability discrimination, race and sexual discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.

Published Articles:

Are you sitting comfortably - Operation of Limitation Act 1980, Solicitors Law Journal - [Jan 2010]

Stephen's Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.

Reported cases:


  •          KCC v B W and S ( Combined Judgment. Delay Refusal to split siblings [2017] EWFC B5
  •          Medway Council v R and Ors [2016] EWFC B104 
  •          Medway Council v A & Ors (Learning Disability: Foster Placement) [2015] EWFC   B66
  •           Kent CC v D & Ors [2014] EWFC 59
  •           Kent CC v D & Ors (2) (Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC 93
  •           Kent CC v D & Ors (3) (Application for Re–hearing) [2015] EWFC 94
  •           Kent CC v D & Ors (5) (Re- hearing) [2015] EWFC 96
  •           London Borough of Barnet v M/F [2014] EWFC B152
  •           Medway Council v W  [2014] EWFC B190
  •           Medway Council v W (2) (Welfare Hearing) [2015] EWFC B233
  •           Medway Council v W (3) (Further Fact Finding re Further Allegations) [2015] EWFC B234
  •           Hertfordshire CC v F [2014] EWHC 2159
  •           Re B (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1275
  •           Re Y (a Child: Care proceedings) [2011] All ER (D) 03 Dec
  •           Re H (Children) (Sexual Abuse: fact finding) [2011] All ER (D) 69 May
  •           Re H (Children) [2006] (concurrent criminal and family proceedings) All ER (D) 294 Dec; EWCA Civ 1875
  •           Re E (Children) (Domestic violence: direct contact) [2005] All ER (D) 86
  •           Re B (a child) [2000] 1 WLR 790, [2000] 1 FCR 297, [2000] 1 FLR 334, [2000] Fam Law 320
  •           Re S ( A minor) ( Appeals from the Principal Registry ) [1998] 1 FCR 119
  •           XYZ v Chief Constable of Gwent Constabulary: [2014] EWHC 1448 (QB)
  •           PBD v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester [2013] EWHC 3559
  •           West Midlands Police v Lorenzo CA [2012] EWCA Civ 1863.
  •           ABC, JKL & XYZ v A Chief Constable (High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, 13 September 2012)
  •           Hussain v Chief Constable of West Mercia Constabulary [2008] EWC Civ 1205, [2008] WLR (D) 342
  •           Crown Prosecution Service v Picton [2006] EHWC 1108
  •           R v Crown Prosecution Service ex parte Stebbeds [ 2004] EWHC 2252
  •           Hutt v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2003] EWCA Civ 1911, The Times December 5 2003.
  •           R ) on the application of C) v Balham Youth Court  [2003] All ER (D) 325, Crim LR  636, 167 JP 525
  •           R v Wallace ( Life Sentences ) [2001] 2 Cr APP R (S) 427
  •           JG  v Legal Services Commission, Law Society, Secretary of State [2013]2 FLR 1174 , [2013] Fam Law 1125  
  •           JG v Lord Chancellor & Law Society [2014] 2 FLR 1218,[2014] 3 FCR 567,[2014] HRLR 18,[2014] Fam La 1097 
  •           Tinsa v GMC [2008] All ER D 140 



  • Police Action Lawyers Group
  • Family Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Kent Bar Mess

Additional Information:

Stephen is a proud season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur FC.

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