Kezia Kernighan

BarristerCall 2018

Kezia became a member of chambers in October 2019 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Kezia has a busy practice, accepting instructions in all areas of public and private children law and in injunctive applications under the Family Law Act 1996.

Public Children Law:

Kezia represents local authorities, parents and children through their Guardians in care and adoption proceedings involving chronic neglect, emotional and physical abuse, substance misuse, domestic abuse and parental alienation. Kezia frequently appears in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court and is regularly instructed in applications to deprive children of their liberty.

Private Children Law:

Kezia has successfully conducted multiple Fact-Finding hearings concerning serious allegations of domestic and physical abuse and has experience of cases with an international element.

Kezia represents children through Guardians appointed under Rule 16.4

Other experience:

Kezia has assisted in providing training to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Prior to pupillage, Kezia completed a Master of Laws alongside the BPTC. This involved advising and representing parents on a pro-bono basis in private children law cases.

Kezia also acted as a mentor for Vocalise, a Gray’s Inn scheme which aims to bring the benefits of formal debating to prisons and taught inmates at both HMP Downview and HMP Pentonville. 

Inner Temple

Family Law Bar Association

Street & Maxwell Prize, Pupillage Scholarship, Inner Temple

Exhibition Award, BPTC Scholarship, Inner Temple

Philip Teichman Benefactor’s Award, BPTC Scholarship, Inner Temple

Bar Professional Training Course Masters of Laws (University of Law, London)

Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP University, London)

History and Politics MA Hons (University of Edinburgh)

“Opposed adoption proceedings” (July 2021, Family Law Journal | LexisNexis)



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Data Collection

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Lawful Basis for processing your information

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·      Consent of the data subject
·      Performance of a contract with the data subject or to take steps to enter into a contract
·      Compliance with a legal obligation
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
·      The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  • Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.

My Lawful Basis is:

·      Your consent
·      To protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person
·      Compliance with a legal obligation

My Legitimate Interest is:

·      You are a client
·      The processing is necessary for administering justice
·      The processing is necessary in relation to legal proceedings, for obtaining legal advice, or otherwise for establishing, exercising or defending legal rights

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation
  • Communicate with you about services, updates and events

I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.

I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This can include:


  • Name;
  • Contact details (phone number, email address, address)
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Medical history and current medical health;
  • Criminal convictions and information about your criminal record;
  • Information in respect of your housing and benefits;
  • Information from your school, employer or organisations you have volunteered with;
  • When you contact me remotely or access New Court Chambers’ website, your device formation (for example, your phone number or IP address), may be transmitted and retained by our website;
  • Social work involvement;
  • Ethnic origin;
  • Religious background.

I may share your personal data with:

  • Your solicitor and members of staff at your solicitor’s firm;
  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Lawyers representing other parties in the case;
  • My Chambers management and staff who provide administrative services;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
  • Any other party where I ask you, or you ask me, and you consent to the sharing of information.

Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I store my case files on Microsoft Onedrive and iCloud, cloud host environments based in the USA.

I am satisfied that such transferred data is fully protected and safeguarded as required by the General Data Protection Regulation.

Retention of data

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it.

My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for after your case ends and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to, fraud prevention, the need to retain certain documents for the duration of the limitation period for any professional negligence claim, and protecting customers’ safety and security.

Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you (however, I do not have to grant subject access in respect of personal data if a regulatory exemption applies), you can ask me to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask me to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask me to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

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