Giles Bain

Giles Bain

Joint Head of ChambersCall 1993

Giles completed his pupillage within chambers and has been a member ever since. In 2016 he became Joint Head of Chambers alongside Chris Poole.

Giles undertakes all aspects of family work, including children matters in private and public law proceedings (representing Local Authorities, parents, third parties and children). Out of hours’ emergency work covered as well. Appearances in Family Proceedings Courts, County Courts, Crown Courts (PII matters), High Court. Proceedings from first appearance to final hearing in all the above-mentioned areas of work covered. Extensive experience in drafting (including pleadings, skeleton arguments, appeal documentation, practice direction documents, threshold documents and advices).

Involved extensively with Chambers administration and CPD lectures, given through New Court. Approved as a Pupil Supervisor through Lincoln’s Inn.


“Giles commands huge respect both from the wider Bar and the judiciary. He’s good at the detail, and also fair and measured.”

“He’s really collegiate and a good cross-examiner, whose attention to detail is second to none.”

Chambers & Partners 2024

“Giles is very good and approachable to clients of all levels. He knows the law very well, and his knowledge leads to excellent outcomes for clients.”

Legal 500 2024

“Giles Bain is calm and collected; his approach really helps especially with difficult clients.”

“It’s a pleasure to work with Giles. He’s incredibly competent, has a wonderful way about him and is really composed in difficult and challenging cases. He’s sensible and gets everyone talking together to work things through.”

Chambers & Partners 2023

“Giles is a good advocate, working hard for his clients.”

Legal 500 2023

Co-head of chambers who focuses on complex public law children cases, representing parents, children and local authorities. His practice sees him engaged in serious matters including those relating to sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.

“Pays great attention to detail so he can highlight gaps in evidence presented by local authorities.”

“He’s focused on balance and parity and will go through the evidence thoroughly in non-accidental injury cases.”

“Giles delivers excellent client care and expert advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“Giles has an excellent knowledge. He knows his area of law so well he is able to raise points and legal arguments that others have missed which he has done leading to a completely different and much more positive outcome for clients. His experience and attention to detail is exceptional.”

Legal 500 2022

Co-head of chambers who focuses on complex public law children cases, representing parents, children and local authorities. His practice sees him engaged in serious matters including those relating to sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.

“Giles has an amazing practice when it comes to non-accidental head injury cases.” “An experienced lawyer who does not take bad points, he is likeable and a good communicator.”

“His style of advocacy is interesting as he is quite subtle but the message gets home. He really knows what he is talking about.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“Is an exceptionally able barrister with huge experience of dealing with complex cases involving children.”

Legal 500 2021

“A senior junior who is capable of holding his own even in the most exalted of legal company. He’s a tireless, persuasive and able advocate for the children he represents and is extremely good in complex medical cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Giles Bain is co-head of chambers who focuses on complex public law children cases, representing parents, children, local authorities and third parties. His practice sees him engaged in serious matters including those relating to sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.”

“He is impressive, and has a lovely, calm and easy style of advocacy. He isn’t afraid to run a case.”

“Giles takes the temperature out of heated arguments – he’s quiet yet effective.”

Chambers & Partners 2019



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  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
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