Holly Platt

Holly Platt

Year of call:

2013, Inner Temple


Holly Platt


Family Law Bar Association, Child Concern


Bar Professional Training Course, Manchester Metropolitan University
(Very Competent)
LLB (Hons), University of Manchester
(1st class)


Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award & Duke of Edinburgh Entrance and Call Scholarship, 2012.
Winner of MMU BPTC Advocacy Competition sponsored by the Law Society, 2013.
Inner Temple Sir Joseph Priestly Internship Award (Amicus capital murder defence internship in Houston, Texas), 2013.
Recipient of the Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship Fund selected from six nominees achieving the top six MMU BPTC results, 2013.


Holly joined chambers in July 2015 following successful completion of a specialist family law pupillage under the supervision of Christine Riley, Head of the Family Law Team.

Holly practices exclusively in child law matters and Family Law Act 1996 proceedings. She accepts instructions in all stages of proceedings from the first hearing to contested final hearings, and through the appeal process if necessary.

Within her public law practice, Holly has experience in representing local authorities, parents and children. Her parent work includes representing incarcerated mothers seeking to care for and/or have contact with their child(ren) in custody.

In addition to contested care matters, Holly also accepts instructions in adoption work and has experience in both seeking and opposing applications for leave to oppose adoption orders.

Within her private law practice, Holly has experience in representing parents, grandparents, and children in matters in which a Rule 16.4 Guardian has been appointed. She also has experience in representing local authorities within private law proceedings.

Holly's private law practice concentrates on residence and contact disputes, but also regularly includes prohibited steps and specific issue order applications. Holly has acted in cases involving specific issue order applications regarding issues such as; which school the child shall attend, whether the child shall receive certain immunisations and change of the child’s surname. She has also acted in numerous cases involving urgent applications for a specific issue order and/or a prohibited steps order for the immediate return of the child taken without the resident parent's consent and/or to prevent removal of the child without the resident parent's consent.

Within her Family Law Act 1996 practice, Holly regularly accepts instructions both seeking and opposing non-molestation orders. She also accepts instructions regarding occupation order applications.

Holly prides herself on delivering accessible and realistic advice to her lay clients. She is well-known for providing thorough and detailed feedback and advice to her instructing solicitors both in advance of, and following hearings.


  • Represented an incarcerated mother whose child was removed at birth, but successfully rehabilitated back to her care within the prison’s Mother and Baby Unit following the final hearing.
  • Successfully sought leave to oppose an adoption order, along with an ISW assessment and psychological assessment, on behalf of a mother who had had several children removed from her care.
  • Represented a mother in a three day contested hearing resulting in an order for no direct contact between the father and the children. The matter involved serious allegations of threats to kill and physical abuse perpetrated by the father against the mother, and emotional abuse of the children. Subsequently represented the mother within the appeal proceedings brought by the father, resulting in the father’s application being dismissed.


Prior to commencing pupillage Holly spent three months in Houston, Texas working in capital murder defence as a Sir Joseph Priestley Scholar. She regularly visited clients in the County Jail and Death Row and undertook various research and analysis projects to assist with trial preparation, drafting plea bargains and letters of advice.

During her legal studies Holly volunteered at two Manchester Legal Advice Centres to provide free legal advice to local residents from economically deprived areas. Holly was also involved in training trainee police officers in giving evidence in court in a mock trial setting.


Miss Platt is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Miss Platt can be found here.

Miss Platt clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Miss Platt to undertake Court work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days although fixed fees may be availableFor any advisory work including conferencesit is most commonly charged at an hourly rateMiss Platt also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.  

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