Gayle Bisbey

  • Year of Call 2002


Gayle is a specialist family lawyer who has more than than 15 years' experience in all areas of family law litigation, both public and private. She represents the full range of clients, including parents and children (whether by their court-appointed guardian or those with independent legal capacity). She has a particular interest in clients who are vulnerable either because of learning disabilities or because of a range of psychological or psychiatric conditions. She is noted for her ability to establish rapport and trust with a whole range of family clients. 

Gayle has dealt with the full range of family proceedings including complex cases involving sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, non-accidental injuries, drug and alcohol difficulties and neglect. She  is experienced in the full range of public law issues including cases where an international dimension is involved and in private law cases including abduction, forced marriage, international and internal relocation cases. Gayle provides advice and advocacy on enforcement including enforcement under Brussels II, wardship and the international recovery of children.

Gayle is an acknowledged child protection expert, which has resulted in her instruction in a senior role for the British Council and the London Borough of Lambeth in relation to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which is due to report on the welfare of children and young people.

Gayle accepts instruction in the area of matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 applications on behalf of children whose parents are not married. She is committed to the rights of the elderly and vulnerable and accepts instruction in the Court of Protection.  

Gayle has a long-standing personal and professional commitment to prison law and reform. 


LLB, Hons


Gayle is regularly invited to speak at legal conferences and training events. She is known for her contribution to the teaching of ‘Pupil Barristers’ and ‘New Practitioners’ on behalf of Lincoln's Inn, and regularly participates in seminars on a range of legal issues.

Direct Access

Gayle is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Gayle on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at