Jane Cross QC

Called 1982 | Silk 2010
Forensic in her approach to cases
Legal 500, 2014
She is up there with the very best
Chambers and Partners, 2015
Supremely articulate in her advocacy
Legal 500, 2014

Jane joined Field Court as a door tenant in 2011. She is highly experienced in managing the most complex and demanding cases and has developed a reputation for skilled cross examination and forceful submission. Her forensic skills are complemented by meticulous preparation and attention to detail and by her persuasive advocacy. Her particular interest in cases involving the death and serious abuse of children reflects her ability to master complex medical evidence and her critical analysis of legal and factual issues.


If you would like any further information regarding Jane’s practice, please contact the clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • University of Liverpool
Practice Overview

Jane is also experienced in cases of serious maltreatment and neglect, including cases of sexual and inter-generational sexual abuse, child rape, fabricated and induced illness and emotional abuse and neglect. She is skilled in the questioning of vulnerable children and adults who lack capacity. Her diverse style and flexible approach gives her the ability to represent local authorities, children and parents with equanimity and her ability to adapt and to meet the challenges that these different perspectives demand, means that she is experienced in the management and presentation of all aspects of public law work.

Jane has an interest in the law relating to vulnerable adults, particularly in the jurisdictions of mental capacity and mental health. She is instructed by the Official Solicitor on behalf of patients and represents other parties, including local authorities, in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, in the Court of Protection and under the Mental Health Legislation. Her particular interest in the issues of deprivation of liberty and of medical treatment complements her experience in the field of public law child protection. This parallel expertise also underpins her work in the determination of the issues of the capacity and best interests of vulnerable young people aged between sixteen and eighteen.

Administrative challenge, particularly in the areas of Community Care and Leaving Care, completes Jane’s profile and she is experienced in advising local authorities and individuals on their rights in these areas.


Leading Silk – Chambers and Partners 2015

Leading Silk – Legal 500 2014

“She is well known for her meticulous preparation and tenacious advocacy.”

Chambers UK, 2012

“has a quick brain and good court presence, which make her a formidable opponent”
Legal 500, 2011

“Charming, persuasive and blessed with a great sense of humour.”
Chambers UK 2010

“Lauded for her sound judgement and persuasive manner in the courtroom.”
Chambers UK, 2009