Guy Swiffen

Year of call 1991


Guy has been at the Bar since 1991 and has practised exclusively in the field of children law for nearly 20 years. He began his career in London and then moved to the North of England in the late 1990s. Since then he has forged a heavyweight practise which takes him to all parts of the North of England dealing with many of the most complex cases being heard in the region. His reputation is very high amongst both his peers and the Judiciary, and he is recognised in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 year on year.

He has been described as a “bright and stunningly good junior.” He is known to be an incisively devastating cross examiner. Over the years his practise has taken him to developing the forensic skills to challenge the analyses and opinions of medical experts in the witness box. Complimenting his forensic skills is an excellent knowledge of the legislation and case law. He is happy to operate at all court levels : he has had the experience of taking a case all the way to the House of Lords. He prides himself on having a friendly and approachable relationship with clients and solicitors alike.

He often acts against QCs as a leading Junior ( leading both Junior Counsel and solicitors ).

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“ Renowned for his practice in sensitive, multi – faceted child care proceedings. He represents a broad portfolio of clients and is well regarded on the North Eastern Circuit for his expertise in children law”.

Chambers & Partners (2015)

"He is phenomenal! He has the expertise to deal with any case. He respects the sensitivity of cases and shows empathy to the clients. He is second to none in preparation and knows the case inside out."

Chambers & Partners 2018