Nkumbe Ekaney Q.C.

Nkumbe Ekaney Q.C.
Called: 1990
Qualifications: LL.B (Hons)


Nkumbe is a QC with an extensive practice in family law specialising in children, divorce and civil partnership dissolution. He practises full time from 1 Garden Court Chambers in London and is an associate tenant at Colleton Chambers.

The majority of his work is in Public Law acting for parents and children in care; cases of infanticide; non-accidental injury; sexual abuse and chronic neglect. He is principally instructed for parents and children, but also represents local authorities.

Nkumbe Ekaney has particular expertise in cases concerning the identification of the perpetrators of serious non-accidental head injuries (by shaking/ impact); injuries to the torso and of the long bones of children and cases of chronic neglect. Many of these cases involve complex medical evidence.

An extensive High Court practice with a wealth of experience acting in fact finding and final hearings involving chronic neglect, sexual abuse, serious injury and the death of children.

Recent cases concerning the death of babies include:


SGC v T&R and Others

LCC v I&R and Others

GCC v X [Methadone ingestion case]

GCC v B and Others

BCC v B&G and Others

GCC v B-Y and Others

GCC v V and Others

BCC v A and Others

Recent cases concerning serious interfamilial and intergenerational sexual abuse of children include:


BCCl v M


GCC v O and Others

WCC v M and Others

Other cases include:

BCC v T-N and Others
Acted for the mother in a two-week finding of fact hearing concerning alleged ritualistic abuse by West African parents;

NSC v B and Others
Two-week hearing on rib fractures in a pre-term baby with hypercalcaemia and hypercalcuiria

Non-accidental head injury fact-finding hearing [NAHI]

Long bone fractures and NAHI

GCC v C and Others

BCC v H and Others
Two-week case involving the alleged malnutrition/starvation of a child and chronic neglect of children

WCC v K and Others
Allegation of factitious or fabricated illness

BMDC v H and N
Alleged suffocation of a baby

LCC v I and Others
Concerning the death of a four-month old baby by shaking/impact

Involving the death of a six-month old baby by suffocation

Dealing with the death by alleged methadone ingestion

Alleged administration of prescription drugs including methadone to an infant

GCC v H and S
Allegation of NAHI by shaking baby with possible hydrocephalus

Current cases of interest include:

BCC v A and Others
Death [query NAHI] of a preterm baby with chromosomal abnormalities

BMDC v H and Others
Suffocation of a three-week-old baby

BCC v V and Others
Death of baby by shaking/impact head injuries

Reported cases:

Stodgell v Stodgell 2009 2 FLR 218 QBD/FD
Administrative Court case concerning the competing factors between the Family and Administrative Court jurisdictions arising in relation to a £1m confiscation order

Re K (Shared Residence Order) 2008 2 FLR 380

Re B (Sexual Abuse) Expert Report 2000 1 FLR 871

B v Torbay Council 2007 1 FLR 203 FD


“Renowned for his work in sensitive and complex child welfare law, notably infanticide cases and those involving serious allegations of abuse and neglect. In addition to his expertise in children law, he is equally proficient in dealing with the legalities that arise after breakdowns in marriages and civil partnerships.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“He is very good and always impresses.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

Legal 500 2013


1990 Gray’s Inn


QC 2011
Deputy High Court Judge 2017

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