John Hatton


“John Hatton is a rising star! Tenacious, and someone who clearly works hard, balanced with his calm manner and pragmatic approach – he remains at the top of my list when I instruct Counsel.”

John completed his pupillage at Westgate Chambers before formally becoming a tenant in 2019. He now has a broad family law practice and is regularly instructed in public and private family law proceedings.

Care Proceedings

John is regularly instructed across all areas of public proceedings in cases involving non-accidental Injuries, chronic neglect, substance abuse, and domestic abuse. He has a particular interest in representing parents wishing to care for their child(ren) but face concerns from the local authority. John also has experience of successfully representing grandparents and other extended family members to challenge negative special guardianship assessments.

Private Law and Child Arrangements

John is instructed in a range of Private Law disputes. He often deals with cases involving alleged parental alienation and allegations of domestic abuse. John has recent experience of successfully representing clients involved in applications for Child arrangements orders and Prohibited steps orders.

Achievements, appointments and memberships

  • FLBA: (Secretary for Kent and Sussex Regional Committee)
  • BPTC: University of Law, Outstanding (2017)
  • GDL: University of Sussex, Commendation (2016)
  • BA(Hons): 2:1 (2013)
  • Certificate of Honour: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition: Winner 2016