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Carly Henley

Carly is a specialist family law barrister conducting public law Children Act 1989 cases of significant complexity on behalf of local authorities, family members and children.  Carly was Called to the Bar in 2003.


Carly was appointed to sit as a Recorder (Family) in 2016 and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division) in 2019.   


Carly sits as an Assistant Coroner in Northumberland (since 2013) and in Newcastle Upon Tyne (since 2015) and has particular expertise in cases with complex medical and expert evidence.   


She is instructed in cases involving significant non-accidental injuries to children, including fatalities.  Carly has appeared in several high-profile cases involving the most serious forms of child abuse, including abnormal illness behaviour, systematic physical abuse and sexual abuse.  Carly has acted in a number of international child abduction cases and adoptions involving a foreign element.   She has appeared in a number of cases involving Reporting Restriction Orders and appeared in the first care case that was the subject of live media reporting, (the rehearing of the Fact Finding hearing concerning Poppi Worthington).


Carly has been on maternity leave from the Bar since September 2016 and has been sitting as a Fee Paid Judge exclusively since that time.  Carly hears cases at Circuit Judge and High Court level and has been sitting full time in the Family Court over the course of the last 12 months to assist during the Pandemic.  This has included hearing cases involving Non-Accidental Injuries, Historic Sexual Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, deciding issues of Jurisdiction in Non-Hague Convention Country cases, Abnormal Illness Behaviour, Medical Treatment and Deprivation of Liberty authorisations. 

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