Role: Regional Director & Head of Care (East Midlands)

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Chet Desai child care solicitor

About Chet Desai

Chet is a seasoned legal professional specialising in representing children, parents, grandparents, and interveners in Care proceedings. With a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years, he has successfully advocated for clients in various courts, including the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, and Magistrates Court.

His expertise encompasses a diverse range of cases, from neglect and substance misuse to domestic abuse, sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, emotional harm, fabricated and induced illness, as well as child sex exploitation and trafficking.

Chet's commitment to his clients is evident in his approach, ensuring they receive professional, friendly, and straightforward advice. As the Head of the East Midlands Care Department, he leads a dedicated team, providing clients with the assurance of sound legal guidance. Under his leadership, the department has experienced notable growth and development.

Recognised as an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel since 2005, Chet holds a master's degree in law and actively contributes to the professional development of other Care lawyers through in-house training. His dedication to excellence has been acknowledged in the Chambers Legal Directory, where he was recognized as a Notable Practitioner in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Additionally, Chet has been featured as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 publications of 2017 and 2018. Chet takes pride in delivering advice devoid of technical jargon, ensuring his clients feel engaged, supported, and comfortable throughout the legal process. His friendly and helpful service, combined with his extensive legal knowledge, sets him apart as a leader in the field of Child Care law.

In his spare time, Chet enjoys travelling, theatre, eating out, cricket and is a long-suffering West Brom fan!


  • Neglect
  • Substance and alcohol misuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Emotional harm
  • Fabricated and induced illness
  • Child sex exploitation and trafficking


Chet has been recognised as a Notable Practitioner in the Chambers Legal Directory in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

He has also featured in the Legal 500 publication of 2017 and 2018 as a Recommended Lawyer.

Notable/Reported Cases

  • A City Council v M & Others (2014) EWHC 3601(FAM) – Chet represented grandparents in care proceedings involving the death of a baby and the subsequent child protection proceedings.
  • A Local Authority v K & Others (2022) EWHC 2341 (Fam) – Chet represented father in care proceedings following removal of child at birth. Complex intersection of family, child protection, trafficking and international law with public interest immunity orders, separate open and closed hearings due to collateral police investigation of international trafficking rings.  -
  • Re D ( A Child ) ( 2018 ) – Chet represented a child in a sexual abuse trial lasting 5 days, with a number of victim coming forward to give evidence.


  • Nottingham Law School – Legal Practice Course
  • University of Hull – BA (Hons) – Upper -Second
  • Masters in Law, LL.M – Distance Learning

Career History

  • Cartwright King – Director / Solicitor and Regional Head of Care (East Midlands)
  • Smith Partnership – Partner in the Childcare Department
  • Bhatia Best – Partner in the Family Department, incorporating Childcare.

Memberships and Accreditations

Read what our clients have said about working with Chet:

  • Genuinely Cared

    Review Solicitors (February 2024)I highly recommend Cartwright King solicitors. My solicitor Chet Desai was there to support and guide me throughout the case from the very beginning until the very end. He was always there to give me advice and explain to me the proceedings throughout. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him, and he always got back to me promptly whenever I need to ask something about my case. He was very committed and genuinely cared, highly professional and did an amazing job. Thanks to him and his team I got a great outcome from court, and I am really happy with how it all turned out. I would also like to thank his colleagues Hafsa Miah for also being very supportive during the ongoing court hearings, Ben Mansfield who was my barrister and helped to also fight my case in court, and Jane Bacon. I can’t thank Chet and his team enough for what they have done for me I am very grateful and wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for them. Abbie
  • Great Results

    Review Solicitors (February 2024)Chet Desai represented me in a very personal case in regards to my daughter. Thanks to Chet and his team at Cartwright my case was solved the way I wanted it to with great results along with support and advice. I would highly recommend Chet. Many thanks.Yuvraj Zala
  • Chet Desai is amazing

    Trustpilot (November 2023)Chet Desai is amazing. Great support and advice. He even attended a meeting with me at very last minute. Highly recommendMeera Pala

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