Portrait of Dafydd Griffiths

Dafydd Griffiths

Year of Call 1997

Professional Practice

Dafydd is a child care practitioner with extensive expertise in all areas of both private and public law.

The emphasis of his practice is in the field of children private law which covers a wide ambit from external and internal relocation to acrimonious private law children matters involving implacable hostility and parental alienation. His cases routinely feature expert psychiatric and/or psychological opinion and sometimes require a nuanced and sensitive approach.  He has further expertise in cases involving substance misuse (both drug and alcohol) and mental health issues.

He is frequently briefed in cases of domestic violence and where emotional and psychological harm is present. He undertakes injunctive relief work, both Non – molestation and Occupation Order applications,  pursuant to the Family Law Act 1996

He also specialises in the fields of jurisdiction and abduction in the High Court as well as public law. In the field of Public Law he usually represents either parents or Guardians. His cases involve complex medical issues (including NAHI & FFI) or cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse.

Dafydd originally started his career at 7 Bedford Row as a Common law Barrister which brings his added understanding to the criminal aspects of cases as well as meaning that he is often brought in to cases where there may be a Quasi – Criminal/fact finding aspect to them.

Dafydd has appeared at all levels of court (save the Supreme Court) and has been involved and appeared in a number of appeals to the Court of Appeal.

Dafydd was shortlisted for Family and Children Junior of the Year - Legal 500 UK Awards (2018)

  • Recommendations

    ‘He is a very effective advocate, with silk-standard paperwork.’
    Legal 500
    ‘A first-class children barrister.’
    Legal 500
    Legal 500 UK awards (2018)
  • Notable Cases

    • Re J (a child)
      [2012] EWHCC 3353 (fam)
    • O – M (children)
      [2009] EWCA Civ 1405
    • A Local Authority v J
      [2008] EWHC 1484 (fam)
    • Re B
      (2007) Lawtel AC0115985
    • Greenwich LC Council v S
      (2007) 2 FLR 154, FD
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Dafydd has run a PLO course for Butterworths and has lectured on private law updates for RELATE and undertaken in - house public law courses for Solicitor firms.
  • Personal Information

    Dafydd is a fluent Welsh speaker who read Law at University. He is married with one child. He is an avid sports fan who is a season ticket holder at Arsenal FC and in addition he follows the Welsh rugby side religiously. Outside of chambers he enjoys socialising and has an interest in the Arts.

Memberships

  • FLBA
  • Grays Inn

Areas of Expertise

Family Finance
Children Law
Family law (general)