Deborah Seitler

  • Year of Call 1991


Deborah offers expertise in all areas of family law specialising in complex and serious cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, fabricated illness, domestic violence, chronic neglect, fact findings, care cases, including those with an international element and those with vulnerable parties. Deborah is regularly instructed by parents,  local authorities and by children's guardians.

Deborah provides expertise in adoption, special guardianship orders and Child Arrangement Orders including relocation, both internal and international.

Deborah is known for her skills as an advocate, her ability to add insight, empathy, strategy and tenacity to any case whether acting for lay or professional clients.   Deborah understands the importance of case management skills and the vital role played by working together for the benefit of the client.

Deborah has completed specialist vulnerable witness training where witnesses have a variety of specialist requirements. She has extensive experience of working with trained intermediaries and in cross examining vulnerable witnesses off site via video link using pre prepared questions.  

Deborah is committed to training and skill sharing. She regularly provides keynote lectures for the 33 Bedford Row Autumn Lecture series and has participated in training social workers and other professionals. She is an expert on the impact of cultural and and religious issues in cases involving children and has spoken on parental choice in the context of orthodox families where there has been family breakdown. She is experienced in working with transgender issues and has been an invited speaker to the Rainbow Group on Civil Partnership.  

Deborah serves as one of two Equality and Diversity Officers at 33 Bedford Row.


BSc, Joint Honours Psychology and Sociology, University of Leeds

Common Professional Examination in Law

Bar Professional Examinations - Inns of Court School of Law


Family Law Bar Association


Direct Access

Deborah is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, and does so mainly in the area of Private Law Children and also for extended family members in care and adoption cases.  In order to instruct Deborah on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at