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Dr Adrienne Barnett

Dr Adrienne Barnett
Senior Lecturer in Law


Adrienne Barnett was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981 and practised at the independent Bar London for over 30 years, for most of which she specialised in Family Law, primarily representing parents and children in serious care cases and in private law cases involving allegations of domestic abuse. She also 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 is a door tenant at 1 Pump Court Chambers.

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 and of Women's Aid's Expert Advisory Group to the Child First campaign. In 2013 she completed and published, with Professor Rosemary Hunter of Queen Mary University of London, 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, and she has published widely and been active in policy change in this area. She also has a research interest in international child abduction and has recently been involved in lobbying the US State Department and the Hague Permanent Bureau with respect to proposed Guidelines on the application of Article 13(1)(b) - see papers at this link:


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


Co-ordinator and Lead for undergraduate admissions, Brunel Law School; lead on Personal Support Unit volunteer scheme

Newest selected publications

Barnett, A., Hunter, R. and Kaganas, F. (2018) 'EDITORIAL and RESEARCH ARTICLE Introduction: Contact and domestic abuse'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 40 (4). pp. 401 - 425. ISSN: 0964-9069 Open Access Link

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Barnett, A. (2017) ''Greater than the mere sum of its parts': coercive control and the question of proof'. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 29 (4). pp. 379 - 400. ISSN: 1358-8184 Open Access Link

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Barnett, A. (2017) 'Family law without lawyers – A systems theory perspective'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39 (2). pp. 223 - 245. ISSN: 0964-9069 Open Access Link

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Barnett, A. (2016) 'Book Review: Domestic violence law and practice'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 38 (3). pp. 323 - 326. ISSN: 1469-9621 Open Access Link

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Barnett, A. (2015) ''Like Gold Dust These Days': Domestic Violence Fact-Finding Hearings in Child Contact Cases'. FEMINIST LEGAL STUDIES, 23 (1). pp. 47 - 78. ISSN: 0966-3622 Open Access Link

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