Clare Ciborowska

Clare Ciborowska

Clare joined Chambers in October 2010 following successful completion of Pupillage. Clare enjoys a mixed practice and brings her varied experience from previous employment with her to the bar. Clare is a skilled advocate and has particular experience of conducting trial advocacy.

Clare is a specialist in Family Law and has practised in Brighton for over 5 years. She has considerable experience  and expertise in private law disputes regarding children including applications for Child Arrangements Orders (formerly Residence and Contact), Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders. Clare has appeared in cases involving implacable hostility, allegations of abuse and domestic violence, cases where children are subject a child protection plan and cases where all contact has broken down. Clare also has experience in national and international relocation cases.

Clare has appeared in the High Court in relation to questions of jurisdiction and child abduction and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.  In addition to private law family work Clare also accepts instructions in public law and is able to bring her considerable knowledge in this field to her Direct Access practice. She has represented interveners, parents, former civil partners, children and Local Authorities and accepts instructions in all aspects of public and private law children work.

Clare is a robust advocate and is known for her thorough case preparation and sensitive client care skills.


Clare regularly acts for parents, Local Authorities, Guardians and the Official Solicitor in care proceedings. She has a significant practice in public law and regularly represents clients in applications for:

  • Care and placement orders
  • Contact with a child in care
  • Further assessment in care proceedings
  • Contested ICO & EPO hearings
  • Fact-finding hearings
  • Appeals

In private law Clare deals with cases of:

  • Intractable contact
  • Implacable hostility
  • Disputes over residence
  • Internal relocations
  • Applications for specific issue and prohibited steps orders
  • Appeals

Clare is particularly interested in cases that cross over between public and private law and has appears in cases where the Local Authority are made a party to private law proceedings, in applications to discharge SGO’s following historical care proceedings and in cases where the child is separately represented by a children’s guardian in private law proceedings. In addition Clare is interested in family cases that involve immigration law issues such as a party’s leave to remain whilst there are ongoing family law proceedings in the UK.

Clare also accepts instruction in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders and has a wealth of experience in this area.


Clare advises on housing matters and accepts instructions to represent clients at court. She has particular experience in possession proceedings, including the impact of human rights claims, and claims for disrepair. Clare has also acted in applications for ASBIs and accepts instructions in all areas of housing law.

Areas of Law

Family and Children