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Artis Kakonge

  • Call: 2006


Family Law

Artis’s practice covers a wide range of family law matters, both public and private, representing local authorities, guardians, parents, grandparents and other kinship carers.

She is a specialist in care and adoption proceedings, having spent the past few years in local government as a senior childcare advocate at Suffolk County Council, LB Barking & Dagenham, LB Islington and LB Brent. She represented children’s services at all levels of court in complex cases involving non-accidental injury, FGM, child trafficking, gang criminality and sexual abuse. She has also managed her own caseload of care proceedings providing her with an in-depth understanding of the PLO and the workings of children’s services. She has provided training to local authorities on care proceedings with crossover immigration issues, foreign kinship assessments and deprivation of liberty.

Artis’s return to Chambers after her sabbatical in local government was reported by Public Law Today.

Her private work covers: child arrangements (contact and residence); specific issue orders (name change, medical treatment, religion and schooling); adoption and special guardianship applications; domestic violence injunctions; same-sex couples and co-habiting couples; financial matters and disputes; leave to remove from the jurisdiction and international child abduction.

Artis completed the children’s panel course in 2014.

Court of Protection

Artis’s practice covers mental capacity issues, best interests determinations, applications for deprivation of liberty, lasting powers of attorney and deputyship orders.

Professional Regulation

Artis accepts instructions in Fitness to Practise and Disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery council, General Pharmaceutical Council and the HCPTS.

International Advice and Litigation

Artis has done consultancy work and written research reports and papers for national and international organisations on topics such as international criminal law, gender-specific violence, sentencing policy, elimination of discrimination against women, and protection of intellectual property rights with particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Public Access

Artis is qualified as a public access barrister, and receives instructions on a direct access basis in the above areas of law.


Prior to coming to the Bar, Artis gained experience working in other jurisdictions. She worked as a law clerk at a busy family law firm in California dealing mainly with divorce, custody disputes, child abduction and move away cases. She was also a legal assistant at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, supporting a team that prepared the first international arrest warrant for the genocide in Darfur.

She completed her pupillage here at Chambers in crime, family, general civil and immigration law. She also qualified as a mediator in Atlanta, Georgia.

Personal Interests and Other activities

Artis is a School Governor at her local primary school.

She is completing an Executive MBA in Leadership at CASS Business School and is the first ever recipient of the Coca-Cola Global Women’s Leadership Scholarship.

Artis is an advocacy, drafting and professional skills trainer for Fresh Development Group, helping trainee solicitors and advocates.

She is an enthusiastic tennis player and coach.