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Chet Desai

Position(s)  Head of Team , Solicitor , Director

Area(s) of Practice  Child Care

Location(s)  Leicester

Phone   0116 497 9511


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Chet Desai

Chet Desai is a Director and Care Team Manager with over 18 years experience in Family Law, specialising in Child care cases.

Chet has built his expertise and reputation in this area by representing children, parents and other family members in a variety of child protection cases including neglect, sexual abuse, substance abuse/alcohol misuse, non accidental injuries and fabricated or factitious illness.He has also built up experience in dealing with Local Authority intervention in medical cases, representing parents and children.

Chet is also the Care Team Manager and is therefore actively involved in overseeing and directing the development of the Care Department and mentoring junior Care Solicitors. He has been instrumental in expanding the child protection work within the firm and regularly delivers in-house training to other childcare lawyers.

Chet has undertaken his own extensive advocacy in the High Court, County Court and Magistrates’ Court. 

He has represented both children and parents in complex and challenging cases.

Chet is one of the few Solicitors in the East Midlands who is accredited by three professional panels, namely The Law Society Children Panel, The Law Society Family Law Panel and The Resolution Panel of Experts. Chet has also successfully attained a master’s degree in Family Law.

Chet has Supervisor status for Legal Aid purposes and has also been elected onto the Nottinghamshire & East Midlands Resolution Committee. He is also a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children as well as being a member of the Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Law Societies.

Chet welcomes instructions from clients throughout all of our office areas.

Notable practitioner and 'key contact'
Chambers UK - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2016

"Cartwright King has particular expertise in children disputes and fields a dedicated childcare team led by Chet Desai." - Legal 500


Reported Cases:

A City Council v M & Ors [2014] EWHC 3601 (Fam)


"Chet has been a Law Society Children Panel Member for over 10 years. His cases are well prepared and presented in Court. He remains very child focused throughout a case and I have been impressed by his clear commitment to the representation of children." - Children's Guardian (Cafcass) 

"Chet employs a professional and pragmatic approach that, combined with his considerable communication skills and technical know-how provides a solid base from which to prepare when we work together on his cases." - Counsel at St. Mary's Chambers

I am of the view that Chet has demonstrated exceptional and outstanding commitment to cases involving childrens’ rights. Chet’s cases are always well prepared, organised and I have always been impressed. Chet’s advocacy is clear, confident and effective. His clients always speak highly of him and rightly have confidence in his work.” Senior Barrister No5 Chambers

"Chet has represented me and my family through an incredibly difficult time. It's been a real journey from the first call to the final hearing. Throughout the proceedings Chet was professional, prompt, empathetic and child focused. I was able to put my trust and confidence into him straight away, we couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I would highly recommend him and would definitely use his services again in the future if required." - Mrs S, Former Client

"Thanks to Chet we got great service and we won our case . I was so worried about losing our daughter. I am so glad that I chose the right Solicitor at Cartwright King. If I have any kind of Family matters in the future I will go back to Chet and recommend Cartwright King Solicitors. Thanks again to Chet." - Mr H, Former Client


In his spare time Chet enjoys travel, theatre, cinema, eating out, cricket and is a long suffering West Brom supporter.


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