Penny Van Spall
Called to the Bar in 1998

Penny Van Spall is an experienced child law practitioner specialising in both public and private law proceedings. Penny comes from a previous background of being a social worker and also a probation officer.



  • Family Law


  • Adoption and Special Guardianship
  • Care Proceedings
  • Child Arrangements
  • Domestic Violence

Penny is able to deal with empathy and clear advice to those who struggle with capacity or mental health issues as well as those who are professional and articulate. Penny will work in an open fashion with clients and their instructing solicitors, assisting clients to understand the process and issues whilst also listening carefully to their respective instructions.

Penny acts on behalf of parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a wide range of cases including:

  • Serious non-accidental injury
  • Fabricated and/or induced illness
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Concurrent criminal proceedings
  • Children/ families where special educational needs
  • Chronic neglect
  • Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
  • Adoption including adoptions with international elements
  • Special Guardianship
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child arrangements disputes, including both live with and contact disputes


Penny Van Spall is described as an experienced advocate who is skilled at dealing with difficult issues in a straight forward manner. Penny is a child focused and empathetic advocate who will give difficult advice when required. Penny works hard to explain matters to clients.


F v F (2007 EWHC 2543 [FAM]



Sunderland Polytechnic BA(Hons) Communications Studies

Sheffield University CQSW and Post Graduate Diploma in App Socio Studies

Nottingham Law School CPE

Nottingham Law School Bar Vocational Course


Family Law Bar Association

Midland Circuit

Gray’s Inn