Mrs Arlene Small (1997)

Mrs Arlene Small (1997)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1997 Public Access Accredited


General Information

Specialist in Family Finance and Children Work

  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Adoption
  • Schedule 1 of the Children Act
  • Non-molestation and Occupation Orders
  • Divorce including validity of marriage cases
  • Financial Remedies Applications
  • Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996


Arlene became a barrister in 1997, and soon after developed a keen interest in family law.  She has now become a dedicated advocate in this field and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of both family finance and children matters.

She has a wide-ranging and thriving practice with extensive experience in providing advice and representation in family law cases .  This enables Arlene to adopt a multi-faceted approach when assisting clients who have more than one element to their case.  Arlene has a particular interest and experience in validity of marriage cases where there is an international element.

Arlene is incredibly passionate about helping her clients find the best possible solutions to their family related problems, and will often ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve this.  She has a robust approach to advocacy where the situation demands it, but is also able to balance that with sensitivity to the particular challenges that clients experience when going through court proceedings, as she is aware that, for many, it can be a very stressful and difficult time.   Arlene works in London and the South East, but is willing to travel.  She accepts legally aided, direct access and privately funded work, and is happy to undertake all levels of casework including initial applications, conferences and the preparation of written advice.

Personal   Arlene is married to Andrew, a professional musician, and they have one daughter.







Re C (A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 72 Arlene represented the paternal grandmother at all substantive hearings in the lower courts including the final hearing, and as a Respondent in the leave application in the Court of Appeal.

"Could Practical Measures Reduce Adoption Delays"? - interview with Arlene which was originally published on the Current Awareness service on LexisLibrary on 13/10/11

Read Arlene's Courting Disastus blog

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