Joy Okoye

Primary tabs

Joy Okoye is a barrister at Joy Okoye Chambers and also Senior Counsel at Trent Chambers in Nottingham. With over thirty years’ call, Joy specialises in public child care law. She has undertaken a number of high-profile cases involving trans-racial foster placements, in particular a case in 1997, involving two Nigerian boys, which is now regarded as an authority on bi-racial placements. Joy has undertaken expert advisory work for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. She is also called to give expert evidence in court on African Law relating to children and matrimony. In 2001 she represented the London Borough of Brent in one of the most high-profile UK child care case involving the murder of a child (Victoria Climbie). The inquiry led to further reforms to the way in which child protection measures are implemented in the UK, including the creation of a Universal Child Database.

Joy is also a consultant to the Legal Alliance consortium of international lawyers on multi-national commercial law. She is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, the Professional Negligence Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Joy has previously been the Head of the Chambers of Joy Okoye at Gray's Inn. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981 and became a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1982.

See Also: 
The Legal Eves section.