Mrs Arlene Small (1997)

Mrs Arlene Small (1997)

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

Specialist in Family Finance and Children Work

  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Adoption
  • Schedule 1 of the Children Act
  • Care Proceedings
  • 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.






Areas of Law

Mrs Arlene Small (1997) is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Family Law

Outside of these key areas of law, Mrs Arlene Small (1997) is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Arlene direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Cases and Publications

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

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link:


Please see “profile” tab for description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Tel: 0300 555 0333

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