Law Lecturer - Admissions Director
Adrienne Barnett was called to the Bar in 1981 and practised at the independent Bar in London until 2013, specialising in all areas of Family Law. In the later years of her practice she primarily represented parents and children in serious care cases.
Adrienne worked as a part-time tutor in Brunel University’s law department from 1997 until 2000, and was an accredited lecturer for Central Law Training from 2001 until 2004. She has presented papers at numerous academic and professional conferences in the UK and abroad. She was an active member of the Domestic Violence Working Group of the Family Justice Council and is currently a member of the Advisory Group of Rights of Women. In 2013 she completed and published, with Professor Rosemary Hunter of the University of Kent, national survey research for the Family Justice Council on fact-finding hearings in private law Children Act cases. Her PhD thesis examined the practices and perceptions of courts and professionals in child contact cases where domestic violence is an issue.
BA Degree (English Major) (University of Cape Town, SA), 1977
Diploma in Law (Polytechnic of Central London, now University of Westminster), 1980
Bar Finals Examinations (Inns of Court School of Law), 1981
LLM (with Distinction) in Child Law and Policy (Brunel University), 1998
PhD (Brunel University), 2014
- Family and Child Law
- Feminist Legal Studies
- Feminist Theory
- Luhmann’s systems theory
- Gender and the law
Children and the Law
Current module convenor for Children and the Law and CPE Land Law
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Barnett, A. (2017) ''Greater than the mere sum of its parts': coercive control and the question of proof'. Child and Family Law Quarterly. Download publication
Barnett, A. (2017) 'Family Law Without Lawyers - A Systems Theory Perspective'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Not known (Special Issue). Download publication
Barnett, A. (2016) 'Book Review: Domestic violence law and practice'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. Download publication
Barnett, A. (2014) 'Contact at all costs? Domestic violence and children's welfare'. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 26 (4). pp. 439 - 462. Download publication
Hunter, R. and Barnett, A. (2013) 'Fact-finding hearings and the implementation of Practice Direction 12J'. Family Law, 43 pp. 431 - 447.
Barnett, A. (2009) 'The Welfare of the Child Re-visited: In Whose Best Interests? Part 1'. Family Law, 39 pp. 50 - 54.
Barnett, A. (2009) 'The Welfare of the Child Re-visited: In Whose Best Interests? Part II'. Family Law. pp. 135 - 141.
Barnett, A. (2008) 'A better world through law? The implications of the theories of Niklas Luhmann for green economics'. International Journal of Green Economics, 2 (4). pp. 343 - 352. doi: 10.1504/IJGE.2008.022445
Barnett, A. (2000) 'Getting a 'get' - The limits of law's authority?'. Feminist Legal Studies, 8 (2). pp. 241 - 254.
Barnett, A. (1999) 'Disclosure of Domestic Violence by Women Involved in Child Contact Disputes'. Family Law, 29 pp. 104.
Barnett, A. (2000) 'Contact and Domestic Violence: The Ideological Divide', in Bridgeman, J. and Monk, D. (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on Child Law. London Cavendish pp. 129 - 150.