Case Studies

Protecting a Mother and children from a violent Father

Michael Batt represented the maternal grandmother in a case concerning a young child who was living with the mother and her partner, who is not the child’s father. Proceedings commenced following an anonymous referral to Social Services expressing concerns about bruises all over the child’s body, possibly caused by the mother’s partner, and that the Continue reading

Successful mediation resolution to right of way dispute

Rachel attended mediation on behalf of her clients in a long-running dispute related to a right of way and access to her clients’ property. There were a number of issues to deal with, including assertions of adverse possession, nuisance and trespass. The mediation was successful, and both the clients and the mediator contacted Rachel afterwards Continue reading

Personal injury trial involving multiple medical experts

Rachel was instructed on behalf of the Defendant in a three-day multi-track personal injury trial where a total of six medical experts had been instructed, two of whom gave oral evidence at trial. After Rachel’s expert cross-examination of the Claimant and their medical expert, quantum was agreed on the Claimant’s behalf in the sum of Continue reading

Credit hire trial

Samuel represented the Claimant in a credit hire trial which saw issues of enforceability raised. In evidence, the Claimant gave evidence that they had been given assurances by the credit hire company or its agents that the Defendant would pay the hire charges. The Claimant gave evidence that he would not have entered into the Continue reading

Supporting a very young father

Sandria acted for a very young Father. It was clear that he needed a level of support and assistance with reading and understanding documents and proceedings. The parents had separated with the Mother in a Mother and Baby placement. The Local Authority had serious concerns about the parents’ abilities, but the Father was showing some Continue reading

Re-establishing lapsed contact

Sandria acted for the Mother in a case where the Father was seeking contact, which had diminished due to the wishes and feelings of the children. The oldest child was refusing contact at all. Sandria’s client had always attempted to maintain communication with Father, but he was unresponsive. A s. 7 Report confirmed that the Continue reading

Pre-trial review for one-day fast track trial

Cara acted for the Defendant in a pre-trial review for a one-day fast track trial. All matters were agreed, save for the timetable prior to the review. Before the review, the timetable was agreed as per the one drafted by the Defendant.

Counterclaim awarded in RTA small claims case

Cara acted for the Defendant making a counterclaim in an RTA small claims case, where the Claimant undertook whilst the Defendant was already undertaking a left hand turn. The Claimant was found 100% liable as the Defendant had already almost completed his manoeuvre and should have been visible to the Claimant. The claim was dismissed Continue reading

Supporting a Father to reinstate contact with children

Sandria represented the Respondent Husband and Father in a case where the Wife had made ex-parte non-molestation application. Sandria’s client issued a statement refuting all allegations made by the Wife and containing his own allegations, and made a cross application for a non-molestation order. His main concern was to reinstate his contact with his children Continue reading

Representing a Mother where Father breached injunction

Marie represented the Mother in an application for a non-molestation injunction, which she obtained. She also agreed an interim child arrangements order with her former partner in relation to the children, as he had issued an application for a child arrangements order. A third party was to do handovers, however the Father breached the injunction Continue reading

Shared care agreement for Father

Philip represented a Father in an acrimonious children dispute, where the Mother was making allegations of sexual abuse and withholding contact from him. Philip supported his client through the case, and all of the mother’s allegations were found not to have occurred. An Order was made that the children should live with both parents, i.e. Continue reading

Multiple inheritances and family trusts

Philip acted for a Wife in an extremely complicated financial remedy dispute. The case involved issues about the extent to which assets derived from two sets of inheritances and multiple family trusts were to be regarded as matrimonial or non-matrimonial assets and/or as a relevant resource.

Retaining the matrimonial home for a Wife

Philip acted for a Wife in a complicated financial remedy dispute involving the use of multiple companies, a sham option agreement and a S.37 application. He was successful in defeating the Husband’s claims over Wife’s assets entirely, and retained the whole of the former matrimonial home for her.

Protecting a property following bankruptcy

Dean represented the Claimant in a TOLATA dispute against a Trustee in Bankruptcy. The client’s father had previously purchased a property which, on the client’s case, was always intended to be held on trust for the client. However the title was not registered as such. Unfortunately the client’s father was subsequently made bankrupt and the Continue reading

Contractual claim for online services

Rachel’s client was a large international company which had previously instructed her, and once again sought her advice and expertise. The client was facing a contractual claim from a user of one of its online services. There was an issue with regards to the identity of the contractual parties and Rachel’s client in any event Continue reading

Opposing an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite

Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for the application to be dismissed. Melanie successfully persuaded the Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the Continue reading

Protecting a wife’s position in light of health issues

Sophie acted for the Wife in a case where there was a single significant asset, the former matrimonial home. Throughout the parties’ 28-year marriage, both the Husband and Wife resided at the family home and contributed towards the mortgage. Following the breakdown of the marriage, the Husband left the family home but continued to pay Continue reading

Reinstating contact for a Father

Marie represented the Father in a case where he had separated from his wife and she refused contact. Initially she allowed limited contact, then refused contact completely. At the first hearing, the Court ordered contact to take place at a contact centre and for there to be a s.7 report. The case is listed for Continue reading

Dismissing a Maintenance Pending Suite application

Melanie acted for the Respondent in an urgent Maintenance Pending Suite application involving complex issues of international law, issues of jurisdiction, and substantial property and financial assets. The Application was opposed by the Respondent who was seeking for it to be dismissed. The Court declined to grant the application and dismissed the application with costs Continue reading

Representing a Father who is also a Stepfather

Michael represented the Father of the younger of two children. There are two young children involved in this matter, with separate fathers. Michael’s client lives with the Mother of both children and has always also looked after the older child as his own. The older child does now see his biological father, who is also Continue reading

Securing substantial damages and costs

Rachel acted for a client who had entrusted his prestige car to the Director of a company purporting to specialise in car sales. The agreement had been an oral one and so there was very little documentation to substantiate what Rachel’s client said had been agreed. Rachel’s client had not received the money due to Continue reading

Securing possession and costs

Rachel’s elderly client had purchased a buy to let property as an investment and was reliant on the income received from it to supplement his pension. His tenants had stopped paying rent, had built up substantial arrears and caused damage. A possession claim was commenced but allegations of disrepair were raised by the tenants. However, Continue reading

Five-day final care hearing

Marie represents the Father of a child in a care case where there is another child who has a different Father. Two sets of Grandparents are also parties to the proceedings. The children have been placed with their respective Grandparents because of concerns about the Mother’s care, which are currently being assessed. The case is Continue reading

Protecting a Mother and children from abuse

Marie represented the Mother in a fact-finding hearing in relation to her allegations of domestic abuse towards her and the children by the Father. There were also allegations of drug and alcohol abuse by the Father, and hair strand testing had confirmed this was an issue. The case was heard by a Circuit Judge and Continue reading

Enabling a Father to spend Christmas with his child

Marie represented a Father in an application to vary a CAO, adjusting the time he spends with his child. He was seeking a more defined order in relation to holiday contact than previously, seeking half of all the holidays. At the first hearing (FHDRA) nearly all matters were agreed save arrangements for Christmas contact, and Continue reading

Enabling a live with order in Europe

Marie represented the Mother in a case where she alleged she and her children had been subjected to physical and emotional abuse. The Father, her ex-husband, made an application for a child arrangements order to spend time with the children. The Court found all the Mother’s allegations proved at a fact-finding hearing. The S.7 report Continue reading

Claim by mortgagee

Dean represented a private individual mortgagee who had loaned £80,000 to a family friend, the loan having been secured by way of a charge against the mortgagor’s commercial property. The mortgagor had defaulted on the payments due under the charge and failed to redeem it on expiry of the term. The mortgagor had also been Continue reading

Achieving vacant possession for a grandparent

Dean was instructed by the sole legal owner of a property to secure vacant possession; which required evicting his client’s grandson. The defendant – the grandson – sought to establish an interest in the property, arguing that the client held the property on trust for him such that he would ‘inherit’ it in full when Continue reading

Achieving a financial settlement in favour of a Wife

Sophie acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a marriage of twelve years. There were two children of the marriage, who continued to live with the Wife. The parties jointly owned two properties, both of which were rented to tenants. Rather unusually in light of the circumstances, both parties resided in rented accommodation. Throughout Continue reading

Unusual Special Guardianship case

Michael represented a pre-teen child whose Mother had sadly died as a result of ill health. The Stepfather, who the child had previously believed was the Father, had abandoned the child and wanted no part in caring for the child following the Mother’s death. So the child had effectively suffered a double bereavement and was Continue reading

Representing a Father in neglect of a very young baby

Michael represents the father in a case concerning a baby whose Mother is a teenager and has been subject to a Child Protection Plan. The Father, Michael’s client, is also a teenager, with a substantial history of involvement with the police. The Local Authority’s concerns relate to the abusive nature of the parents’ relationship, the Continue reading

Multi-issue case involving possible non-accidental injury

Michael represents a Father in a case involving unexplained and possibly non-accidental injury to a young child. The case involved a failure to prioritise that child’s health and medical needs and further concerns about the ability of the parents to care for a new baby born very premature, with its own special medical needs. The Continue reading

Mediation to enable financial settlement on good terms

Dean was instructed by the husband in a financial claim on divorce. The client wished to ensure that he and his wife remained on speaking terms for the benefit of their children and thus a mediation/round-table meeting was arranged at which the parties were legally represented. The marital assets included four properties, together with significant Continue reading

Opposing an application for an injunction

Dean was instructed by a local authority to oppose an application for an injunction together with a claim for damages for breach of statutory duty and harassment following attempts by the local authority to enforce a court order. The claimant argued that the local authority had not complied with the correct procedure and that its Continue reading

Child diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Marie represented a Mother who left a relationship as a result of domestic abuse. As a result of injunctions and restraining orders there was a long gap in the child seeing the Father. It had therefore been agreed that contact could commence at a contact centre on a supervised basis, in order to reintroduce the Continue reading

Representing a Mother in an FDAC care case

Marie represented a Mother in an FDAC Care Case. The Mother has had drug issues as well as issues with domestic abuse from a partner. The case is proceeding to a final hearing and an issue as to cognitive functioning was raised by an expert in the case. Marie made an application for Part 25 Continue reading

Keeping a family together with appropriate support

Sandria represented the Father in a case involving five children. The two elder children were the Father’s by a wife who died, and he had cared for them as a single parent for three years. He subsequently had three further children with his current partner. Both parents have learning difficulties. The youngest child had sustained Continue reading

Supporting a Mother with learning difficulties

Sandria represented the Mother in a case involving her second child. The first child (a child with significant special needs) had already been placed in an SGO, and the Mother, Father and second child, a baby, were initially placed in a Parent and Child Foster placement. Both parents had a degree of learning difficulty. However, Continue reading

Supporting a Mother against violent and abusive Father

Sandria represented the Mother in a case where the Father was seeking to enforce a CAO which gave him contact with the couple’s youngest child. The child, now a teenager, was refusing contact with the Father. Sandria’s client, who had two other children, had fled the family home several years previously, and had subsequently been Continue reading

Application for non-molestation injunction

Marie represented the Mother in an application for a non-molestation injunction due to domestic abuse, which she successfully obtained. She also agreed an interim child arrangements order with her ex-partner in relation to the children, as he had issued an application for a child arrangements order. A third party was to do handovers, however the Continue reading

Representing a Father in allegations of sexual abuse

Michael represented the Father in care proceedings involving serious allegations of historic sexual abuse made against him by one of his adult step daughters, and his own adult daughter from a previous relationship, both teenagers at the time of the alleged abuse. There were also allegations of excessive alcohol consumption and associated domestic abuse by Continue reading

Securing payment and costs for a private individual mortgagee

Dean was instructed by a private individual mortgagee, his client having loaned approximately £500,000, secured against the borrower’s commercial property. The borrower’s business had since dissolved and he had gone through a divorce, the result of which being that the court had ordered that the property subject to the charge was to be transferred to Continue reading

Successfully ensuring a client’s costs are paid by creditor

Dean was instructed in the High Court to deal with the issue of costs in respect of an application for an injunction to prevent a winding-up petition being issued. Dean acted for the purported debtor, against whom the purported creditor had issued a statutory demand. It was his client’s case that the debt was disputed Continue reading

Protecting a wife’s interests in marital property

Dean was instructed by the wife at the final hearing of financial remedy proceedings. Due to the length of the marriage and circumstances of the parties the husband sought an equal share of the assets, which he stated he required in order to meet his needs. Dean’s client sought to transfer the family home to Continue reading

Enabling a Father to care for his child

Marie represented a Father in a care case involving his former partner. His child and their half-siblings had been removed from the Mother because of concerns of neglect. His child was placed with him by the Local Authority and an assessment of the placement took place over a number of months. The Mother, meanwhile seeks Continue reading

A pragmatic approach to an injunction

Marie represented a client whose former partner had made allegations of violence against him and had obtained an ex parte injunction. On the return date, Undertakings were offered but not accepted and a hearing would therefore be required to determine the facts and whether the order should continue. Marie’s client did not want the costs Continue reading

Supporting a Mother to keep her family together

Michael acted for the Mother of the three youngest children in a matter concerned with five children ranging in age from infancy to early teens. His client was also the Mother of one of the two older children. Her partner was the father of the three youngest children and also the other older child. All Continue reading

Representing a Mother concerned over Father’s alcohol misuse

Marie represents the Mother in a case where the children have been seeing their Father on a supervised basis over a number of years, after the end of the parties’ relationship. This supervised contact was as a result of concerns about his alcohol misuse and domestic abuse allegations. At the FHDRA the court listed the Continue reading

Representing a children’s Guardian

Marie represented a Mother who had substance addiction issues, which continued whilst she was pregnant. The baby was born with drug dependency and the Mother agreed that she was not in a position to look after the baby at that time. Her older child had also been removed from her care in previous care proceedings Continue reading

Representing a children’s Guardian

Marie represented the children’s Guardian in a case where two teenage children had been removed from their parents’ care. However the older child had repeatedly absconded, and was now with the Father, although the younger had settled in foster care. The older child was assessed to see if they were competent to instruct their own Continue reading

Exclusion order for anti-social tenant

A large local authority instructed Rachel to represent it in its appeal from a decision in the County Court that an exclusionary Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction should not be made, despite the Judge’s finding that the Defendant had set a fire in a residential block of flats. The indication from the Judge at the outset of Continue reading

Order for sale of matrimonial home, and costs paid

Sophie represented an applicant Husband in his application for an order of sale. The parties had previously been married, but following the relationship breakdown financial remedy proceedings had been initiated by the Husband. The parties had reached agreement with regards to their finances and a consent order had been made approximately two years previously. The Continue reading

Achieving charge over matrimonial home plus pension share

Melanie acted for the Applicant in a contested Final Hearing. The issues included whether there should be a Mesher Order/charge over the former matrimonial home and if so, the extent of the order.  There were questions as to whether account should be taken of the state of disrepair of the property as well as whether Continue reading

Complex matrimonial finance case

Melanie acted for the Applicant in a contested Final Hearing. This was a complex case involving a number of issues including whether there should be a Mesher Order/charge over the former matrimonial home, and if so, the extent of that charge. There were also questions as to whether the Respondent’s inheritance should be taken into Continue reading

Protecting a baby from assault from Father

Marie represented a Mother of a young baby who is currently living in a Refuge as a result of domestic abuse. The Father applied for a CAO to see the child, and at the FHDRA the Mother agreed to supervised contact at a contact centre. There will need to be a fact finding hearing to Continue reading

Representing a Father

Marie represents a Father who separated from his Wife when their child was very young. Contact progressed for nearly a year, when the Mother refused contact and alleged that domestic abuse had occurred during the relationship. She also moved home and could not be located for almost a year. At the point Marie took over Continue reading

Holiday sickness claim settlement without a court hearing

Rachel was instructed to represent the Claimant in a travel sickness claim against one of the UK’s largest tour operators. The matter had been listed for a full day’s fast track hearing, and the parties had been ordered to prepare skeleton arguments in readiness. Rachel’s thorough and persuasive skeleton argument was provided to the Defendant Continue reading

Support for a Mother to retain care of children

Corey represented the respondent Mother in care proceedings based on chronic neglect, and actual and threatened emotional and physical harm to three children. The parents both have learning disabilities, and possibly undiagnosed cognitive disabilities. A Part 25 application was made for a PAMS (Parenting Assessment Manual Software) trained independent social work parenting assessment. Since there Continue reading

Securing the family home and costs for a Wife

Dean represented the Wife in financial remedy proceedings involving assets including the family home, an investment property and pension provision. The Husband had not contributed to the family home or the child of the family since separation which had resulted in the Wife reducing the mortgage by £20,000. The Wife had also agreed for the Continue reading

Financial provision for a Wife caring for a child with Autism

Holly represented a Wife in financial provision proceedings brought by her former Husband. He sought an equal split of the parties’ assets and a clean break, to include a sale of the family home in which the Wife and child were residing. The child had been diagnosed as having autism and was awaiting assessment for Continue reading

‘Recoverable property’ case for the National Crime Agency

Paul acted for the National Crime Agency in connection with the seizure of €35,000 in cash at Coquelles. The traveller (X) asserted that the money had been collected from family members in Holland in order to pay off a finance agreement and to establish a jewellery business. The NCA sought to establish that the cash Continue reading

Successful case for the National Crime Agency

Paul acted for the National Crime Agency in connection with the seizure of €394,500 in cash at Coquelles in April 2015. The traveller, Mr X, a non-UK EU national, said that the money was intended for the purchase of construction machinery at various auctions in the UK and Europe. Over the course of a two-year Continue reading

Successfully defending a right of way claim and achieving costs

Paul acted for the Defendants, who had erected a gate across a right of way enjoyed by the Claimant; the gate replaced an earlier one which had been removed by the Claimant. The Claimant alleged that the gate, which included a smaller pedestrian access and a larger vehicle-sized gate, amounted to a “substantial interference” with Continue reading

Application for leave to oppose an adoption

Marie acted for a Mother in an application for leave to oppose an adoption. Following the placement of a child with prospective adopters for a significant time, such an application requires the parent to demonstrate a change of circumstances. This must demonstrate to the Court that she would have a serious prospect of success if Continue reading

Returning children, with support, to a Mother’s care

Sandria acted for the Mother in a case where a child had disclosed sexual abuse by the Father. The child had initially disclosed this to the Mother some time previously, but subsequently made further disclosures, of a more serious nature. Owing to the Father’s bail conditions, issues with alcohol and further disclosures, the Local Authority Continue reading

Acting for a Mother where the Father had retained the child

Sandria acted for the Mother, in a case where the Father retained child after contact. She initially obtained immediate return with a Prohibited Steps order, then applied for a CAO to set defined contact, including a s. 7 Report. The S. 7 Report recommended the child live with the Mother. It recommended contact be resumed, Continue reading

Achieving an interim settlement despite court reschedule

John acted for the Claimant in a long running case following a life-term maintenance order. The Defendant had ceased making payments in accordance with previous orders. This hearing was listed for consideration of capitalisation. Unfortunately, due to a lack of judicial time, the hearing was removed from the court list the day before. In the Continue reading

Arranging supervised contact for a young baby

Marie represented a Mother who is currently living in a Refuge with her young baby as a result of domestic abuse. The Father has applied for a CAO to see the child. At the FHDRA the Mother agreed to supervised contact at a contact centre. The court listed a fact-finding hearing to determine the allegations Continue reading

Representing a Guardian where a child has absconded from care

Marie represented the Children’s Guardian in this case where two children had been removed from their parents’ care. However one child had repeatedly absconded, although the other had settled into foster care. The absconding child will be assessed for competency to instruct their own Solicitor, as their viewpoint differs from the Guardian. The Local Authority Continue reading

Supporting a Mother whose Husband is accused of sexual abuse

Marie represented a Mother in care proceedings in relation to her child, where a fact-finding hearing had already taken place. This hearing established that her Husband (the child’s stepFather) had seriously sexually abused his biological children, who were now adults. The Mother had been living with her Husband and child as a family until the Continue reading

Support for a family against an application to remove children

Marie represented a Father in a case where he and his Wife had several very young children and care proceedings were on-going. The concerns related to the conditions of the home and whether there were neglect issues. The Local Authority had previously made an application to remove the children from the parent’s care, supported by Continue reading

Protecting a Mother and child from an abusive Father

Marie represented a Mother, a foreign national, who had come to the UK with the Father after an arranged marriage. During their short marriage he had been physically, verbally and emotionally abusive, and coercive and controlling. For financial reasons, he sent Marie’s client and their new-born baby back to their country of origin. However, she Continue reading

Representing a Mother with safeguarding concerns

Marie represented a Mother in a case where her ex-partner had stopped having contact with the children of his own accord. After a significant period of time had elapsed, he then made an unexpected application for contact. The children did not initially wish to see him, but it was agreed that, if they did wish Continue reading

Supporting a Father concerned about Mother’s drug issues

Marie represented a Father who had left a young baby, following which the Mother stopped contact. Marie’s client alleged that the Mother had drug issues and had harmed the child, while she in turn alleged controlling and coercive behaviour by the Father. At the FHDRA, supervised contact was agreed at a contact centre and a Continue reading

Increasing contact for a Father

Marie represented the Father in an application for shared care of his children. Following lots of contact since separation from the Mother, she had started to prevent contact and change the arrangements, so Marie’s client made an application to put an order in place and sought to increase the time his children spent with him. Continue reading

Representing a Mother concerned about sexual harm

Marie represented a Mother in a complex and unusual case where the child had a disability which required special schooling and a plan from the Local Authority, but the parents could not agree on the right school. In addition, contact with the Father had broken down, and the child was refusing to see him and Continue reading

Representing a Mother concerned about sexual harm

Marie represented a Mother where the Father has a Child Arrangements Order for contact with their child. However the child made disclosures of potential sexual harm in the Father’s care and contact was suspended. A s.47 investigation was carried out by Children’s Services and the concerns were substantiated, although sexual harm by the Father was Continue reading

Representing a Mother concerned about safeguarding

Marie represents a vulnerable Mother in care proceedings. Her child is in foster care, having been removed earlier in the proceedings as a result of the Mother’s drug use and mental health issues. Interim Care Orders have been agreed and will continue whilst drug testing and parenting assessments are carried out, and the matter is Continue reading

Negotiating a Final Order at First Directions Appointment

Melanie represented the Applicant in a First Directions Appointment during which it was possible to negotiate a Final Order. The assets involved consisted of various capital and overseas assets, including trust property. With Melanie’s expert negotiation, a Final Order was agreed whereby the Court approved the Order the Applicant was seeking, and the parties avoided Continue reading

Successful Resolution of Road Name Dispute

Rachel was instructed on behalf of a local Resident’s Committee for a private estate. The committee wished to challenge the decision of the local council to allow a road within the estate to be renamed, and wished to appeal under the relatively little used provisions of the Public Health Act 1925. Rachel advised her clients Continue reading

Representing a landlord

Lavinia represented a Claimant who was the landlord of a property which was being managed by a letting agency. Although the tenant had rented the property for a number of years, the Claimant had only recently become landlord. Based on rent arrears, a section 8 notice was served on the tenant, to enable the Claimant Continue reading

Representing a Claimant in a belated PI claim

Lavinia represented the Claimant who brought a claim against the Defendant for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident involving the Defendant’s insured. The accident itself was a low impact accident, which occurred when the Claimant was stationary in her motorcar and was hit by the Defendant’s insured, a motorcycle driving at around 30mph. Liability Continue reading

Protecting a Defendant from credit hire charges

Lavinia represented the Defendant in a small claims road traffic accident. Whilst the circumstances of the accident are unremarkable, an interesting point arose as to the credit hire claim. The Claimant had signed an agreement with the credit hire company whereby it was agreed that, if she took out a credit hire agreement with them, Continue reading

Reclaiming a property on behalf of a Local Authority

Lavinia represented the Local Authority in their claim for possession of a property. The property was originally let to Mr and Mrs X. Upon Mr X’s death, Mrs X succeeded to the tenancy. Mrs X subsequently died, leaving her son, the Defendant, in the property. The Defendant claimed that, due to disability and the amount Continue reading

Supporting a Mother

Sandria represented a Mother, where the Father had made a further application to change a current CAO, which included changing the child’s arrangements from living with Mother to a shared care arrangement. The Father had previously applied to change the arrangements, but without changing the living arrangements. There was indication that the Father is controlling, Continue reading

Representing a Mother following domestic violence

Marie represented a Mother who had fled to a refuge with the child following domestic violence. With the the Mother initially unrepresented at court, the court had ordered unsupervised overnight contact with the Father When Marie began representing her client, she successfully put forward the Mother’s case in respect of the violence she had suffered, Continue reading

Representing a Guardian and child

Marie represents a Father in a complex care case involving eight parties. Fortunately the Father has the care of his child in the interim pending a final hearing and has a CAO for the child alongside an Interim Supervision Order. Assessments are ongoing.  

Representing a Guardian and child

Marie represented the Guardian and child in this case where the Mother and baby were in a foster placement under a care order pending assessments. The court heard an argument between two local authorities about who was the designated authority. An Interim Care Order was made and the Mother and baby were placed together in Continue reading

Securing the family home plus costs for Wife

Sophie acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The Husband was acting as litigant in person and had continuously failed to properly engage with proceedings or comply with directions made by the Court. Due to the difficulties posed by the Husband’s lack of compliance, Sophie had to adopt a robust approach, Continue reading

Successfully dismissing a Father’s counter-allegations

Philip represented the Mother in an acrimonious contact dispute, where his client had made allegations of rape, threats to kill and strangulation as well as coercive and controlling behaviour by the Father. His client’s allegations were found proved and the cross allegation made by the Father were dismissed.  

Supporting a vulnerable witness to give evidence

Rachel was instructed by a Local Authority in a matter concerning an application for a housing-related Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction. The Local Authority’s key witness was extremely nervous about giving evidence and anxious about the court process. Rachel went to lengths to reassure the witness, put them at ease and explain the court process. Despite still Continue reading

Protecting a husband’s inherited property

Christopher acted for the Respondent Husband in a difficult case where low incomes and limited equity in the family home limited the potential for both parties to afford housing. It was already agreed that the Wife should stay in the home with the children until they had finished school. The complicating factor in this case Continue reading

Protecting a Husband’s pension after a long separation

Philip acted for the Husband in a dispute centring on his pension, and the length of time since separation. He was successful in restricting the Wife’s share of his client’s pension to a small percentage, with a clean break because of the time elapsed since the separation and the circumstances at that time.  

Successfully defending a Data Protection Act claim

Dean represented the Defendant company in a claim brought by an ex-employee in respect of an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act. The Claimant sought considerable damages arising from the alleged distress caused as a result. Dean conducted the trial and following judgment the court dismissed the claim, having found in favour of the Continue reading

Supporting a Mother in court against a controlling Father

Philip represents a Mother opposing the Father’s contact on the basis of his controlling and coercive behaviour. The case has so far only reached a directions hearing, but his sensitive representation and thorough preparation have been recognised by his client. Philip’s client, initially nervous about dealing with the controlling Father in court, felt that his Continue reading

Supporting a young Mother to avoid removal of her child

Kevin represented the young Mother of a child in care proceedings where there were concerns about low-level drug taking, domestic arguments between the parents and problems surrounding the Mother’s health. During the life of the court proceedings, a support package was put together so that care for the child was shared between the parents and Continue reading

Representing an Intervener

Marie represented an Intervener in a care case where serious allegations were made in relation to events in the past with his own children (who are not the subject of these proceedings). He accepted that some of the allegations were correct. A fact–finding hearing was listed to determine whether the Schedule of allegations made by Continue reading

Mother and baby placement

Marie represented the Guardian and child in this case where the Mother and baby are in a foster placement under a care order pending assessments. The court heard an argument between two local authorities about who was the designated authority. An Interim Care Order was made and the Mother and baby were placed together in Continue reading

Protecting a Mother and children from abusive husband

Marie represented a Mother of young children who was applying for an Occupation Order to have her husband removed and excluded from their jointly owned property. He was addicted to drugs and alcohol and being threatening and abusive, which was also putting the children at risk of significant harm. At the First Directions Appointment it Continue reading

Securing assets in a disputed order

Edward represented a Wife in matrimonial finance proceedings which had concluded some years ago. However the Husband had maintained opposition to the implementation and specifics of an order that had been ordered by the Court at the conclusion of a Final Hearing. Edward secured a detailed order, precisely as sought by the Wife, which both Continue reading

Condemnation of a luxury car

Paul acted for the Border Force in a matter where an individual had his Porsche Cayenne seized under sections 88 and 139 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 as having been ‘adapted’ by the construction of two concealed voids in the sills of the vehicle. The vehicle had been purchased second hand by Continue reading

Shared care agreement and agreement not to relocate

Sandria represented a Father in a case where the Mother wished to re-locate to another part of the country to live with a new partner. Sandria’s client had a close relationship with his child, having care every weekend. He had concerns about the status of the Mother’s new relationship, as well as about the profound Continue reading

Representing a Father with an Intermediary

Michael acted for a Father of a very young child. The Mother lacked capacity to conduct proceedings and was represented by the Official Solicitor. The Father was also initially found to lack capacity but an addendum psychological report concluded that he would be able to increase his involvement in the proceedings and even retain autonomy Continue reading

Protecting a Mother and child from an arranged marriage

Marie represented a Mother, a foreign national who had come to the UK with her husband, who was also a foreign national but had a British passport, after an arranged marriage. During their short marriage he had been physically, verbally and emotionally abusive and coercive and controlling. For financial reasons, he sent her and their Continue reading

Securing damages and costs for a Claimant Landlord

Paul acted for the Claimant landlord in a claim for damages for disrepair and rent arrears at the termination of a commercial lease. The Defendants/Tenant had failed to engage in the pre-action process or the claim resulting in judgment in default and the matter being listed for assessment of damages. The Defendants failed to engage Continue reading

Securing a lump sum payment for a Wife

Dean represented the Wife in a Husband’s application to cease a periodical payments order. The Husband’s application was made on three grounds (i) the children of the family had reached majority since the order was made; (ii) the Wife had failed to maximise her earning potential; and (iii) the husband had accrued a large tax bill for which he Continue reading

Wife receiving majority of capital assets

Edward acted for a Wife in financial proceedings after a long marriage. With his support, the matter was settled at FDR. It was agreed that there would be a sale of the former matrimonial home, and that Edward’s client would receive 95% of the net proceeds of sale. The Husband would pay the mortgage until Continue reading

Achieving increased contact for a Father

Melanie represented a Father who was experiencing a blank refusal by the Mother to extend his time with his children. There were no difficulties with the current contact but the Mother felt that it was enough. At trial, Melanie successfully argued that the Father should see the children every other weekend, plus one overnight every Continue reading

Supporting a family with an alcoholic Mother

Melanie represented a Father who was concerned about the Mother’s alcoholism. At court it was agreed that the children would live with the Father, and that the Mother would wear an alcohol testing bracelet for the next three months to monitor her alcohol intake.

Enabling a Father to care for his child

Melanie represented a Father who was seeking to care for his teenage child after the relationship between the mother and child broken down. Despite having not had a particularly close relationship with his child historically, and the mother saying there should be no contact with the father at all, Melanie secured an order for the Continue reading

Avoiding unnecessary court proceedings

Kevin represented a Mother in court proceedings involving a young child. The Father had had no contact with his child for two years, since the Mother left the family home with the child following domestic violence. The Father kept the child’s passport. He now applied to the court for a child arrangements order. He did Continue reading

Order for sale of property

Paul acted for the Defendant in a case where the parties had separated several years previously. They had agreed a consent order where the Defendant would give up his interest in the former matrimonial home and the Claimant would use her best endeavours to remove him from the mortgage and the deeds. However, she did Continue reading

Supporting a parent to achieve compromise agreement

Louisa acted for a parent at a hearing listed by the Court after the parents had compromised applications for both child arrangements and injunctive orders at a previous first hearing without the CAFCASS safeguarding checks being available. The CAFCASS officer, who had raised concerns, was directed to attend the court to give further details about Continue reading

Prosecuting a landlord

Paul acted for the local authority in a prosecution of a landlord who had failed to obtain a licence for a property within a selective licensing area (under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004, section 95). The landlord claimed that she had a ‘reasonable excuse’ defence under section 95(4) in that she had managing Continue reading

Representing a landlord in a complex trespass case

Lavinia represented the landlord in a hearing for an Interim Possession Order against persons unknown. Multiple people had trespassed onto land and a building belonging to the Claimant. At the hearing the District Judge queried whether service was effective under CPR 55.6. Lavinia argued that whilst the documents had not been placed on a main Continue reading

Representing young children through a Guardian

Marie represented two very young children in an application made by the Local Authority for Care Orders and placement for adoption orders. The children were found in circumstances of very poor home conditions and neglect and removed from the home by the Police. Subsequently, interim care orders were made at court and the children were Continue reading

Supporting a Mother with mental health issues

Marie represented a Mother at a final hearing of a case where the child had been removed just after birth under an interim care order. Her other child had already been made the subject of a final order care order and placement for adoption just prior to this child’s birth. The Mother had a number Continue reading

Supporting a Father’s shared care application

Marie represented the Father in an application for shared care of his children. Her client had maintained a high level of contact since separation from the Mother, but she had started to prevent contact and change the arrangements. He therefore made an application to put an order in place, and also sought to increase the Continue reading

Enabling a husband to retain his home after a long separation

Sophie represented a Respondent Husband in financial remedy proceedings. The matter involved large assets, including two separate properties and cash in excess of £100,000. The matter was particularly unusual due to the time that had elapsed since the parties had separated. At the commencement of proceedings, the parties had been separated for some ten years Continue reading

Negotiating a greater financial settlement than originally sought

Sophie represented an Applicant Wife in financial proceedings. The parties had met in Asia and the Wife had made the move to live permanently with her Respondent Husband in England shortly afterwards. After a marriage of approximately ten years, the parties separated but remained living together. Throughout proceedings, the Wife remained in need of sufficient Continue reading

Successfully opposing an Interim Care Order

Marie represented a Mother in care proceedings in relation to two children. Previous proceedings (issued because of concerns regarding serious domestic violence by the Mother’s partner) had not long concluded with a Supervision Order, and the children remained with the Mother. Further allegations were then made that the Mother was again seeing the former Partner, Continue reading

Fair financial split many years after separation

Holly acted for a wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The parties had been together for over 20 years and were separated for 10 years before seeking to deal with their finances.  The wife was now in a long-term and committed relationship whilst the husband had remained in the family home. The husband Continue reading

Working with expert evidence in non-UK law

Marie represented a Father who was born outside the EU but is now a British Citizen. He was married to a British woman and they have two young children, but have since separated. During the proceedings a Child Arrangements Order was obtained for the Father to spend time with the children, including during holidays, but Continue reading

Supporting a Father to retain children in his care

Sandria acted for a Father in a case where the Local Authority sought an interim care order and immediate removal of his children from his care. The Father had retained the children after contact on the advice of the Social Services department, as the Mother was involved with drugs and was associating with undesirable characters Continue reading

Protecting a child from a potential abuser

Michael is acting for a Mother in care proceedings regarding her daughter, a young teenager, where the Mother’s husband is the child’s stepfather. The case is concerned with recent allegations made against him by the husband’s own children (now adult) of historical sexual and physical abuse when they were children and young adults. He denies Continue reading

Court order for child to live with Father

Marie represented a Father of a young child, who had separated from the Mother in circumstances where she was struggling with substance misuse and mental health issues. Marie made a successful application for an interim Child Arrangements Order for the child to live with the Father, and to have contact (supervised by a family member) Continue reading

Working effectively with a children’s Guardian

Marie represented children via their rule 16.4 Guardian in a case with an acrimonious history between the parents. In addition, the Father had mental health issues, which were being well-managed with medication and a treatment plan with mental health services. Marie worked effectively alongside the assistance and expertise of the Guardian, and the parties were able Continue reading

Securing a husband’s pension

Philip represented a Husband with a very substantial pension in a financial remedy case. He successfully defeated the Wife’s case that she should obtain a pension sharing order and spousal maintenance based on a shortfall in her income.

Successful Defence to an Application for Costs

In this complex case, Rachel’s client had previously issued a claim against his former solicitor requesting permission for an assessment of bills already paid by him for work undertaken in defending criminal charges. He had been prosecuted for various parking ticket offences and, despite an initial estimate that the cost of defending these proceedings would Continue reading

Defending disproportionate claims by a wife

Edward acted for a Husband in matrimonial finance proceedings following a long marriage. The parties’ child was now in adulthood. Before Edward became involved, the Wife had defended the divorce and then made an application for maintenance pending suit, which had resulted in the Court making an order for interim periodical payments and a costs Continue reading

Arguing effective service against trespassers

Lavinia acted for a claimant Council who were claiming possession of an area of land that had been occupied by trespassers. The trespassers claimed they had an implied licence in that an unknown person had given them an implied or expressed licence to be there. The Defendant also argued that service had not been effective Continue reading

Supporting a Mother with very low self-esteem

Sandria represented a Mother in a case where the extremely acrimonious relationship between the parents involved social services carrying out s 7 and s 47 reports. The Father had retained the child after contact, but after social services involvement the child was returned to the Mother’s care, with the Father having contact. There still remained Continue reading

Application for non-molestation order

Marie represented the Mother of two children in a case where the care proceedings had recently finished with the court making a supervision order to the Local Authority. They had been seeking to remove the children as a result of domestic violence between the Mother and her ex-partner. The proceedings were commenced again because the Continue reading

Application for non-molestation order

Marie successfully represented the Mother in an application for a non-molestation injunction. She also agreed contact with her client’s ex-partner in relation to the children, as he issued an application for a child arrangements order and the hearing is listed for a FHDRA in due course. A third party will do the handover and the Continue reading

Supporting a Mother injured by a Father

Marie represented the Mother of three young children in a case where, for some time since separation, the Father’s behaviour at contact handovers had got progressively worse. She had already called the police on a number of occasions as a result of his aggressive behaviour, and this culminated in physical assault after which she needed Continue reading

Representing a new born baby

Marie represented a new born child in a case where the Local Authority wanted to remove the child at birth because of concerns about drug misuse and domestic violence which had previously led to an older sibling being removed. The Guardian agreed with the Local Authority’s application and care plan for the child. The court Continue reading

Representing a Mother in Child Arrangements Order

Marie represented the Mother in an application by her ex-partner for a child arrangements order in respect of their two young children. There was no contact ordered because of concerns about the Father’s alcohol issues. The court was also concerned to learn that he was involved in care proceedings in respect of another non-subject child, Continue reading

Representing a Mother who has suspended contact

Marie represented a Mother who had agreed contact through mediation, but following difficulties with the Father’s behaviour, had obtained a Non Molestation Injunction against him. Contact was then agreed but there were further issues with the Father’s violent behaviour and Marie’s client stopped contact. The Father made an application to enforce, but because there had Continue reading

Protecting a Mother and child from abuse

Marie represented a Mother in a child arrangements application by the Father where there had been a background of emotional and psychological abuse. The Mother’s application for a non-molestation order had already been dealt with. Interim arrangements were agreed and the case was listed for a final hearing.

Restoring a Father’s contact with his baby

Marie represented a Father who had been having contact with his very young baby for five months after he and his partner separated. However, when he started a new relationship the Mother became difficult about contact. The Mother made allegations of abuse and threats at handover, which he denied, and contact stopped. The Mother obtained Continue reading

Representing a Father in an acrimonious situation

Kevin represented the Father of a young child. The parents had recently separated amid cross allegations of domestic violence and abuse, and the child was in the care of the Father, who was refusing to let the Mother have contact. The parents were in dispute as to which the child should live with, and the Continue reading

Support for a Father with a Child Arrangements Order

Kevin represented the Father of two children. At an earlier court hearing, the court had made an order that the children should live with their Father and spend time visiting their Mother, including overnight stays. The mother subsequently issued a further application, seeking to increase the amount of time that the children should spend with Continue reading

Representing a troubled teenager

Kevin represented a child in early teens, through a Children’s guardian. The child was beyond parental control and had absconded on numerous occasions, thereby becoming at risk. The case was listed by the court for a final hearing. By this time, the child had been placed with foster carers, and was enjoying a period of Continue reading

Compensation for sex discrimination

Rachel’s client, the Claimant, had been employed as a receptionist in a male-dominated company and had been subjected to sexual harassment and sex discrimination from colleagues, including the company’s Director. During the four-day hearing, the Director had made comments to the Claimant about her physical appearance, which indicated that he did not take her complaints Continue reading

Child contact dispute

The case involves a High Court challenge to (Judicial Review of) the Council’s Housing Policy whereby individuals with outstanding debts to social housing providers were deemed ineligible for the Council’s Housing List. The Court considered submissions regarding the relevant statutory provisions (sections 160ZA and 166A Housing Act 1996, as amended by the Localism Act 2011). Continue reading

Contested contact dispute

Clive represented a Mother who sought to oppose the Father’s application to have staying contact with his son in a European country in which he was resident. The case involved a number of safeguarding issues including past domestic abuse, failure to seek proper medical treatment for the child and the use of illegal drugs. Clive Continue reading

Permission to remove from the jurisdiction

Clive represented a Mother seeking the permission of the court to remove her children from the jurisdiction so that they could all go and live abroad permanently. The case was of huge importance to the client as it involved a plan for a complete change of lifestyle for her and the children. Clive advised his Continue reading

Returning alienated children to a Mother

Marie represented a Mother and successfully appealed a previous final order made by a District Judge. The Father had refused to return the children after holiday contact, and made very serious false allegations against the Mother to the Police and Children’s Services. Although none of these were later considered to be true by the Court Continue reading

Keeping a child near to a Father

Marie represented a Father in a case where he had been sharing care of his young child with the Mother after separation. However, there was then a dispute about an incident between the parents and the Police were called. The Mother alleged domestic violence, which was disputed by the Father, and all contact stopped. The Continue reading

Varying a Child Arrangements Order

Marie represented a Mother who had a Child Arrangements Order which she and her ex-husband had made by consent in respect of their two children. This dated back several years. Their arrangements had since evolved, and Marie’s client sought to vary the order to reflect this. However, the Father refused to agree to the changes Continue reading

Contested non-molestation hearing

Melanie represented the Respondent in a final contested non-molestation hearing under Part 1V of the Family Act 1996 (“the Act”).  She raised the preliminary issue whether the parties were associated persons in terms of the Act. The Court found for Melanie’s client on the preliminary issue, and dismissed the Applicant’s application with costs.

Successfully defending a RTA personal injury claim

Melanie successfully represented the Defendant at a fully contested one-day fast track trial in which liability and quantum were in issue. The court found the Claimant had not discharged the onus of proof, preferred the Defendant’s evidence and awarded costs to the Defendant.

Rare application for care by an older sibling

Marie represented an older sibling in a rare application to discharge a care and placement order by an adult sibling, in a case where the natural Mother had sadly and unexpectedly died. The child (a young baby) had been made subject to a final care order and placed for adoption a few months earlier. Marie’s Continue reading

Negotiating an advantageous settlement for a Wife

Christopher acted for a Wife in a divorce settlement following a marriage of 15 years. The couple originally met overseas in the Wife’s home country, then moved to the UK. At the time of the marriage, the Husband already partly owned a successful import export business, and owned two properties in the UK. The couple Continue reading

Securing payment of unpaid invoices and additional fees

Sophie was instructed by a Claimant in a claim against a Defendant estate agent in a dispute arising out of unpaid invoices. The Claimant had provided software to the Defendant estate agent for approximately two years, which enabled the estate agent to manage properties on behalf of third-party landlords. Following two months of non-payment by Continue reading

Costs awarded to a Defendant

In this interesting case Rachel was instructed on behalf of a vulnerable Defendant with longstanding mental health difficulties who had been sued by an established nationwide Estate Agency company. The Claimant company’s claim was brought on the basis that the Defendant had entered into an agreement with the Estate Agency to sell her house and Continue reading

Reasonable compensation for whiplash injury

Lavinia was instructed to represent the Defendant at the hearing to assess quantum of damages for a personal injury, sustained in a Road Traffic Accident. The injury was a relatively minor whiplash injury to the neck with duration of 12 months. The Claimants had valued the injury at £3,900. Lavinia made successful submissions that this Continue reading

Representing a child wishing to remain in foster care

Sandria represented a child through a Guardian. The child had been in long term foster care following long term drug and alcohol issues relating to the Mother. The child’s Father was not available or able to act appropriately with the Mother, creating a highly toxic and acrimonious relationship. The Mother was now fully rehabilitated and Continue reading

Representing very young children in a case of neglect

Marie represented two very young children in an application made by the Local Authority for Care Orders. The children were found in circumstances of very poor home conditions and neglect and removed from the home by the Police. Subsequent interim care orders were made at court and the children were removed to foster care, with Continue reading

Prohibited steps order preventing relocation

Marie represented a Father in a case where he had been sharing care of his young child with the Mother after separation. As a result of an incident between the parents, the Police were called, following which a dispute arose between the parties. The Mother alleged domestic violence, which the Marie’s client disputes, and all Continue reading

Representing children via a Guardian

Marie represents the children via their Guardian in this case, where proceedings have been on-going for some time. The parents separated acrimoniously, and there are allegations of parental alienation on both sides. The difficulties are such that the Court ordered a Guardian to represent the children under rule 16.4. The children live with their Mother Continue reading

Re-establishing contact with an alienated Father

Marie represented a Father who had separated with his wife when their child was one year old. Although contact with the child had progressed for nearly a year, the Mother then refused contact and made allegations that domestic abuse had occurred during the relationship. She also moved home and could not be located for almost Continue reading

Seeking a Child Arrangements Order for a stepchild

Marie represented a step-mother who had applied for a Child Arrangements Order in order to see her stepchild. She was the child’s primary carer for several years and, unusually, had a Parental Responsibility agreement in relation to the child, which enabled her to make the application without leave. Marie’s client ended her relationship with her Continue reading

Varying a final financial remedy order

Philip represented a Husband and succeeding in having a final financial remedy order varied so as to allow his client to buy out the Wife’s share of the matrimonial home, rather than it being sold as previously ordered and as she wished.

Negotiating agreement in a complex divorce settlement

Edward represented a Wife in financial proceedings brought by the Husband after a long marriage. The parties’ children had all turned 18, and the couple’s principal assets were in properties in the UK and abroad. There were also significant pensions, including some which were already in payment and others whose fund status had changed during Continue reading

Defeating a Local Authority’s plan for adoption

Edward represented a first-time Father in care proceedings concerning a new-born baby. The mother of the child had a number of very serious convictions relating to her other children, and the baby had been placed in foster care at a few days old, before leaving hospital. The Father had profound learning difficulties, but sought to Continue reading

Representing a Client in Multi-Track Business Dispute

Rachel was instructed to represent the Defendant in a multi-track claim arising out of the dissolution of a company previously run by the parties. Rachel represented her client at a lengthy application hearing, successfully opposing the Claimant’s attempts to persuade the Judge to force the Defendant to prepare and provide a Scott Schedule. Rachel’s instructing Continue reading

Seeking a Special Guardianship Order within care proceedings

Clive acted for a Grandmother seeking a Special Guardianship Order to care for her grandchildren. The Local Authority’s plan was for adoption. At first instance, before the Lay Justices, the Local Authority succeeded in its application for final care order and placement orders. However, Clive recommended that the decision should be appealed. Clive prepared the Continue reading

Clearing a Mother of allegations of physical harm

Clive represented a Mother at an interim care hearing where there were concerns about his client’s child having suffered significant physical harm. The Local Authority’s plan was to remove the child to foster care while further investigations were carried out. Clive successfully argued that a family placement would be more appropriate. This sensible approach to Continue reading

Enforcing an application on behalf of a Father

Clive acted for a Father in a long-running application for contact with his child. The Mother engaged only sporadically with the proceedings and failed to comply with orders made on a number of occasions. Clive recommended that enforcement proceedings be issued and thereafter persuaded the Court to make both an enforcement order requiring the Mother Continue reading

Protecting an injured Husband’s damages payout

Clive acted for a Husband who had suffered significant injuries in a road traffic accident and who had subsequently received substantial damages for those injuries. The Wife now sought to make a claim for a lump sum payment based upon her perceived entitlement to some of the compensation monies. Clive successfully persuaded the Court that Continue reading

Reuniting an alienated child with a Father

Marie acted for a Father in a case where he had not seen his child for two years because the Mother repeatedly breached court orders and alienated the child against him. Particularly distressing to Marie’s client was that the Mother had actually told the child the Father had died. The Local Authority commenced care proceedings Continue reading

Achieving an Order for Sale for a co-habitee

Melanie represented the Applicant, a former co-habitee, at a directions appointment. Her client was seeking an Order for sale of the property and equitable accounting in respect of half the rent [LC1] for the previous three years. A Final Order negotiated whereby the Court approved the Order the Applicant was seeking.  

Resolving a conflict over a child arrangements order

  Kevin represented the mother of two children. The parents had separated, and the father, who had not seen the children for some years, applied for a child arrangements order. The mother was opposed to any face-to-face contact, since both she and the children alleged that there had been domestic violence against her, and excessive Continue reading

Avoiding revocation of a premises licence

Paul acted for a Premises Licence holder who was resisting an application by Kent Police to revoke the Licence on the grounds of the sale of alcohol to a child (recorded on CCTV). The teenager was subsequently hospitalised as a result of the effects of drink and drugs. There had been a number of recent Continue reading

Obtaining condemnation of goods

Lavinia represented the Director of Border Revenue – the Complainant – in a case where the Claimant’s tobacco products had been seized. The Claimant’s main argument was that; as he had purchased these goods in an EU country he was entitled to bring back as much as he wanted. Lavinia highlighted that, although there were Continue reading

Opposing a relocation

Sophie was recently instructed by a Father in internal-relocation proceedings. The Mother of the children hoped to move away from the local area and relocate with her children several hours’ journey away, with a view to being closer to the maternal side of the family and her new partner. This proposed move was opposed by Continue reading

Securing payment and damages for a sub-contractor

Dean represented a building company in a contract dispute regarding the development of two houses on a piece of land. His client was a sub-contractor employed by a company to carry out various building works within the development. The work the client was required to carry out turned out to be far more significant than Continue reading

Retaining ownership of companies and properties

Dean represented the husband in a divorce in which the marital assets included two companies and, in addition to the family home, a foreign property and a further property in this country, together with pensions. His client wished to secure a share of the family home, and the companies, which he operated himself. He also Continue reading

Returning children to family under strict supervision order

Ronald represented a Father in care proceedings where the Social Workers involved had described the case as, in their professional experience, the worst example of neglect that they had seen. The Local Authority’s position was bolstered by the parenting assessment of the Father and his partner by an independent social worker, who confirmed the Local Authority’s Continue reading

Dismissing allegations of sexual abuse against a Father

Philip represented a Father in a fact finding hearing relating to allegations of sexual abuse. Philip’s detailed and robust approach to his client’s predicament succeeded not only in getting all sexual abuse allegations against the Father dismissed, but also (in the welfare hearing) in discrediting the Local Authority’s experts to the extent that they have Continue reading

Returning children to a Father’s care

Philip represented the Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, where the Local Authority had made a negative assessment of his suitability as a carer for his children. Philip successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian, persuading the Court that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for his Continue reading

Improving on a non-binding agreement

Holly represented a Wife in financial proceedings brought over a decade after the parties’ separation. The Husband alleged that they had reached an agreement at separation which gave Holly’s client half of the then marital assets in the form of £20,000 of endowment policies, while he kept the family home and took on the marital Continue reading

Ongoing financial support beyond retirement

Holly acted for a Wife in financial proceedings following a long marriage. The couple had already agreed the sale and division of the family home, and an actuary’s report had been obtained containing guidance on how to equalise their pension incomes. Both were near to retirement age, and the outstanding issues were what ongoing financial Continue reading

Helping a troubled family to avoid foster care

Sandria acted for the Respondent Father whose children had been removed to foster care, as a result of the Mother suffering severe mental health difficulties. Her client had been denied contact with his children for several years, despite private law proceedings. In addition, although no findings had been made, the Mother had made repeated allegations Continue reading

Helping a Mother to provide stability for her children

Sandria represented the Mother in her application to alter the shared care arrangement made several months previously for two young children. The Mother had convictions for ABH and a restraining order against her in relation to the Father, but had now successfully completed a number of courses and the freedom project. In the meantime the Continue reading

Acting on behalf of a tenant arguing an s21 notice

Lavinia represented a tenant in a case involving argument over the return of a deposit and whether an s21 notice had been correctly served. Her client’s argument was that their landlord had failed to give them the prescribed information relating to their deposit. Therefore the landlord could not serve an s21 notice unless they paid Continue reading

Gaining a possession order for a landlord

Lavinia successfully represented a landlord in regaining possession of their property, which was a HMO. The tenant was represented, and their argument was that a valid s21 notice could not be served, as the landlord had not provided them with the prescribed information. The tenant’s main argument stemmed from whether it was sufficient to post Continue reading

Negotiating an agreement to avoid court costs

Melanie represented the Applicant and 1st Respondent in private law adoption proceedings. The application was initially contested and set down for a two-day final hearing. Ultimately, the opposition to the application was withdrawn. By working effectively together with her clients and the other parties, Melanie was able to help them to achieve an agreed Consent Continue reading

Enabling a young father to care for his baby

Marie represented a Father in a care case where the Mother had addiction problems and the young baby had been removed as a result. Marie’s client had been previously unaware that he had a child, but paternity testing confirmed him as the Father. He then became a party to the proceedings and was assessed. Initially, Continue reading

Supporting a Mother with significant learning difficulties

Marie represented a Mother of two young children, who has significant learning difficulties to the extent that she lacks capacity to instruct lawyers herself and the Official Solicitor is her Litigation Friend. In spite of her client’s difficulties, Marie successfully prevented the Local Authority from removing the children from her care at a hearing for Continue reading

Successful outcome to a Financial Dispute Resolution

Melanie represented the Applicant at a Financial Dispute Resolution appointment (FDR) to agree a final order. The Respondent was seeking to give the Applicant a lump sum award which Melanie resisted on behalf of her client. With Melanie supporting her client, the Court approved the Final Order which was sought. In other words, instead of Continue reading

Negotiating a settlement and avoiding final hearing costs

Marie represented the Mother of an autistic child who was causing physical harm both to her and to a younger sibling. In additional, there were issues of high hostility between the parents and potential parental alienation issues. Marie brought her calm and reassuring approach to this difficult and emotive family situation. When she was instructed Continue reading

Negotiating a settlement and avoiding final hearing costs

Louisa acted for a client in financial remedy proceedings following a long marriage. There were three children, the youngest of whom was 16. The matrimonial assets (2 properties, pensions and other savings) derived largely from damages received by Louisa’s client following childhood accident. Additionally, there were factual issues about whether the other party was now Continue reading

Facilitating a positive approach to reintroducing contact

Louisa represented a Mother who had concerns about re-introducing her children to their father after contact between them had broken down some time previously amidst a number of concerns. The CAFCASS officer’s report recommended some level 2 supervised contact to effect a re-introduction. Louisa’s supportive and sensitive approach enabled matters to be discussed at some Continue reading

Claim for possession of holiday premises

Rachel was asked to advise the client company on the basis upon which a guest occupied its holiday accommodation in Kent. The occupant had refused to leave when requested to do so, insisted that they held an assured shorthold tenancy and had also contacted national media outlets which ran stories about the case. Rachel gave Continue reading

Limitation of credit hire liability

Rachel was instructed on behalf of a Defendant insurance company who had admitted liability for a road traffic collision but disputed the Claimant driver’s claim for thousands of pounds worth of hire charges. With her extensive knowledge of credit hire law (including the recent Court of Appeal case of McBride v UK Insurance Ltd) Rachel Continue reading

Achieving a more equal share of assets for a Wife

Holly was instructed shortly before a final hearing to represent a Wife in financial proceedings. The main issue involved the family home and how the net proceeds should be split. There were a number of uncertainties which complicated the financial split. The children were living with different family members, and it was not clear with Continue reading

Reducing a husband’s payments to a manageable level

Holly represented a client who was seeking to reduce the periodical payments that he made to his former wife. He had agreed a generous provision some years earlier but was now struggling to maintain the payments. Also, changes in the circumstances of the wife, including a move away from the former family home, brought about Continue reading

Expert legal advice to a licensing sub-committee

Paul acted as legal advisor to a licensing sub-committee considering an application for an alcohol licence for a fish and chip shop. The Applicant wished, as part of the application, to include within the area covered by the licence a section of the promenade on the opposite side of the road from the shop itself Continue reading

Successfully defending a Crown Court appeal

Paul acted for the Border Force, responding to an appeal in the Crown Court against a condemnation (and costs) order made by the Magistrates’ Court. Mr A had travelled into the United Kingdom with 10,400 cigarettes in a car belonging to his brother, and was stopped by the Border Force, who seized the cigarettes and Continue reading

Protection for an abused wife

Melanie represented a wife who had been subject to mental and physical abuse from her husband for the entirety of their 40 year marriage and had only recently found the strength to leave. The couple had children and grandchildren together and both parties were in ill-health. Melanie was able to help her vulnerable client through Continue reading

Keeping a family together in the family home

Sandria acted for a Grandmother in a case where the Local Authority had issued care proceedings for four children, following neglectful care and appalling home conditions. Both parents had learning difficulties. The three younger children were placed with their Mother at Sandria’s client’s home, with the eldest child initially with other relatives. Following a negative Continue reading

Recovery Order returning a child after abduction

Marie acted for a Mother who had a child arrangements order made a few years ago, stating that the child should live with her and see the Father every other weekend. After a weekend contact the Father had retained the child, and refused to return them. An urgent application was successfully made for immediate return Continue reading

Helping a Mother suspend contact with a violent Father

Marie represented a Mother who had previously agreed contact through Mediation. When there were difficulties with the Father’s behaviour she obtained a Non Molestation Injunction against him. Contact was then agreed but there were further issues with his violent behaviour and she stopped contact. The Father made an application to enforce contact but because there Continue reading

Achieving leave to apply for child adoption

Marie represented a couple in their application to adopt a child who was placed with them after care proceedings under a Special Guardianship Order. The child’s parents could not care for the child because of ongoing mental health issues. Marie’s sensitive approach to complex family dynamics was particularly helpful in this case, as the adopting Continue reading

Helping a vulnerable Mother retain care of her children

Marie represented a Mother of two young children. Marie’s client had significant learning difficulties to the extent that she lacked capacity to instruct lawyers herself and the Official Solicitor is her Litigation Friend. Marie is known for her sensitive approach working with vulnerable clients. In spite of her client’s difficulties, at a hearing for an Continue reading

Working with a Guardian to reach agreement for contact

Marie represented the children via their rule 16.4 Guardian in a case with an acrimonious history between the parents and mental health issues with the Father. Marie worked collaboratively with the Guardian, and with the combination of Marie’s knowledge and the Guardian’s assistance and expertise the parties were able to reach an agreement for contact Continue reading

Achieving a fair outcome for a husband in a carer role

Philip acted for a Husband who had fulfilled the role of carer whilst the Wife built up her career. He successfully settled the case to his client’s satisfaction, the husband receiving by far the greater share from the matrimonial home, a significant pension share and maintenance.

Restricting contact with a controlling Father

Philip acted for the Mother and succeeded in preventing a very controlling father from having contact on his terms. Philip’s client and her children had set out preferred contact terms which included restricting summer time contact to just one week, and Philip was successful in persuading the Court to agree with their preference.

Dismissing false allegations of sexual abuse

Philip represented a Father accused by the Mother of sexual abuse of their two children. Philip was successful in getting all the allegations dismissed, and his client’s relationship with the children returned to regular staying contact and half of school holidays.

Enabling a Father to be assessed as a carer for his children

Philip represented a Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, and successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for all three of his children. The final hearing was adjourned to enable such assessment of Philip’s client to take place.

Acting for a Local Authority in a benefit fraud case

Paul acted for a Local Authority, prosecuting a long-running benefit fraud case involving overpayment of over £50,000 of Income Support, Housing benefit and Council Tax benefit/support over three-year period. It was alleged that the Defendant had deliberately and repeatedly failed to declare that she was living with her partner (later her husband, and the father Continue reading

A successful resolution to a property possession claim

Lavinia represented the landlord (the Claimant) in a defended possession claim. The landlord was seeking possession through the accelerated possession procedure. The tenant claimed that the prescribed information-under The Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015- had not been provided, and that therefore no valid s21 could be served. The issue was Continue reading

Successful Limitation of Claim for Medical Expenses

Rachel acted for the Defendant at the Stage 3 Ministry of Justice hearing of a personal injury matter. Rachel successfully argued that, despite documentary evidence that the Claimant had undergone the number of physiotherapy sessions recommended by a medical expert, the special damages awarded should be limited to the cost of around one third of Continue reading

Successful application for a bankruptcy order

Rachel acted for the Claimant company which was owed over £25,000 by the Debtor for unpaid nursing home fees. The company sought a Bankruptcy Order but the Debtor applied for an adjournment on the basis that he was close to finalising the terms of a re-mortgage and would shortly be in a position to use Continue reading

Statutory Nuisance

Paul is representing a Local Authority being sued by a Limited Company for disability discrimination in connection with the service of a Notice to Abate a Statutory Nuisance under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in respect of premises occupied by an individual with severe disabilities. The claim alleges ‘discrimination by association’ (see Continue reading

Representing a vulnerable Mother and children

Sandria acted for a Mother in a case which encompassed domestic violence incidents between the parents, and the Father being arrested for involvement in a child sexual abuse ring. Both parents were very young, and the Mother was severely traumatised by the late night removal of her child. There were trust issues, compounded by poor Continue reading

Acting for a Father to achieve a shared care agreement

Sandria acted for a Father in a child arrangement application. Her client sought a defined contact and a shared care arrangement as the Mother was, despite agreeing contact at separation, beginning to withhold contact, or cancel it without proper cause. Through working closely with her client, Sandria was able to demonstrate the Mother’s controlling nature, Continue reading

Representing a vulnerable Mother and children

Marie represented a Mother of two young children who went to a refuge to escape domestic abuse towards her and the children. Marie’s sensitive and tactful approach enabled her to support her client when the Father made an application to see the children. The Court ordered that there would be no contact until after a Continue reading

Working with a Guardian in the interests of the children

Through their Guardian, Marie represented the children in a long-term dispute about where they should live. The Guardian had been appointed as a result of the degree of conflict between the parents, which professionals considered was causing the children emotional harm. Working with Marie’s guidance, the Guardian recommended a shared care order, so that no Continue reading

Keeping a complex and sensitive possession hearing on track

Sophie was instructed by a Local Authority in respect of obtaining possession of a property following complaints of anti-social behaviour. There had been a history of complaints by a number of neighbours, spanning several years, so the case required Sophie’s ability to condense vast amounts of information and ensure the relevant points were brought to Continue reading

Assisting negotiations in a damages case for an injured child

Sophie prepared advice in respect of a child claimant involved in an accident at school. The claim brought was one of negligence, and centred on the school’s failure to prevent access to play equipment during poor weather. The child had sustained serious ankle injuries with on-going symptoms some months after the accident. The balanced advice Continue reading

Representation while an ex-partner tackles issues

Marie represented a mother of two young children, who had separated from the father as a result of his domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse. The mother had not stopped the children’s contact with their father after the separation, and was facilitating contact for the short periods of time deemed safe. Marie advised her Continue reading

Supervised contact until a father is drug-free

Marie represented a young mother who had ended her relationship with the father of the child after domestic violence and drug abuse. The father was convicted in the criminal court of domestic violence and ordered to complete the Building Better Relationships 6-month domestic violence programme. Marie helped her client to ensure that the father’s contact Continue reading

Reopening a 4 year-old financial order

Philip represented a wife, succeeding in re-opening a final financial order decided 4 years previously. He obtained a substantial increase in the capital payment in accordance with the set-aside principles set out in the Supreme Court’s decisions in Sharland and Gohil. His client was completely delighted.

Retaining significant assets for a husband

Christopher represented the husband in a fully contested financial dispute between him and the wife. Christopher’s client lived in the UK and owned a property portfolio of several properties. The wife was not a UK national, and lived abroad. The case involved a significant factual dispute, with the husband claiming that the wife owned two Continue reading

Protecting a wife’s pre-marriage assets

Christopher represented a wife in a divorce and matrimonial finance case, where the assets comprised the family home, a property portfolio and the wife’s pension (acquired prior to the marriage). In this mid-term marriage, the wife was in her mid-60s and the husband in his mid-50s, and they had no children. The family home had Continue reading

Successful Crown Court Appeal against conviction

Rachel’s client had previously been convicted in the Magistrates’ Court of an offence of failing to provide information as to the identity of a driver (section 172 Road Traffic Act 1988). Following his appeal, Rachel represented him at the Crown Court for a full rehearing of his case. The defence was based partly on the Continue reading

Achieving financial independence where there are liquidity issues

Holly represented a wife in financial remedy proceedings which involved extensive and varied assets. The parties owned the family home, numerous investment properties, plots of land, companies, vehicles and a SIPP. There were extensive liabilities to be considered and issues of liquidity, with the husband’s business ventures being highly leveraged. Directions were made for the Continue reading

Lifting a freezing injunction

Holly represented a husband in complex financial remedy proceedings. Without recourse to his wife, he had sold the family home and distributed the sale proceeds amongst his family. The wife obtained an injunction, freezing his bank accounts and preventing him from dealing with his pensions other than the monthly income payments. He was ordered pay Continue reading

Successfully Defending Possession Proceedings

Rachel represented a Legally Aided client who had been served by his landlord with a section 21 Notice for possession of the property he had lived in for some years. Rachel’s thorough examination of the papers revealed that the section 21 Notice had been incorrectly worded, however this had not been pleaded as a defence Continue reading

Recovering unpaid bills for a small business

Rachel’s client, the Claimant, was a small business who had carried out work for a local property developer who had then refused to pay. The Defendant had not responded to any of the paperwork from the court or Rachel’s client, so judgment had been entered for the Claimant. The Defendant then made an application for Continue reading

Respecting the contact wishes of a child

Sandria acted for a Mother in a case where the child had requested that contact with the Father should cease. In response, the Father had issued an enforcement application and accused Sandria’s client of harassment. Throughout this case, between hearings, Sandria’s client was subject to constant harassment by the Father, both at home and in Continue reading

Preventing a Father from removing a child from a Mother

Sophie represented a Mother involved in private child proceedings. The applicant Father sought a child arrangements order that the child live with him, and had raised a number of concerns against the Mother including emotional neglect and implacable hostility. He also raised a physical risk posed by the Mother’s ex-partner due to previous domestic violence Continue reading

Recovering sizeable unpaid debts for an Auction House

Sophie represented an Auction House in a contract dispute arising out of sales totalling around £13,000. The facts of the case involved an individual bidding on a number of lots at auction, subsequently failing to pay and then a factual dispute arising out of who was liable for the balance owing. Both the original bidder Continue reading

Keeping a family together after a tragic event

Kevin acted for the father of a young child. The family had recently suffered a tragedy and were struggling emotionally. The local authority was seeking the child’s removal from the parents’ care on the grounds of neglect, and had begun care proceedings. Kevin was able to work sensitively with the family, and the local authority, Continue reading

Landlord seeking repossession

Holly appeared in the Croydon county court on behalf of a landlord who was seeking repossession of her property. The property had been let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy and the landlord relied upon rent arrears in seeking to evict the tenant. The tenant had made a counterclaim relying upon disrepair to the property, harassment Continue reading

Protecting a mother but enabling contact

Marie represented a father who had separated from the child’s mother over 1 year earlier, and was still being limited to 2 hours contact per week. Over that year he had undertaken mediation and instructed Solicitors to correspond with the mother, yet there were still major difficulties in him seeing his child. There were no Continue reading

Protecting a mother but enabling contact

Marie acted for a mother of very young children who had suffered domestic violence. After a successful fact finding hearing where findings of domestic violence were made against the father, and after 6 months on a domestic violence perpetrators’ course, supervised contact commenced. This gradually became unsupervised contact in circumstances where Marie’s client did not Continue reading

Successful Defence to Application for Wasted Costs

Rachel was instructed to oppose an application for wasted costs arising from a personal injury claim.  The claimant had issued proceedings arising from a road traffic accident. The claim had been withdrawn but not before it had been listed for various hearings and costs had been incurred by the defence. An order for costs had Continue reading

Successfully defending a claim for loss of earnings

Rachel was instructed by the defendant company to deal with the issue of damages arising from a road traffic accident. As well as claiming damages for the personal injury suffered, the claimant sought to recover over £650 for lost earnings. The claimant provided evidence from her employer, which she argued showed that she had lost Continue reading

Protecting a property owner’s interests

Holly acted for a property owner in a case in which his late daughter’s partner was claiming a share of a property. The owner had allowed his daughter and her family to live in the property for over 20 years, and the claimant lived there by virtue of his relationship with the daughter. The claimant Continue reading

Maintaining a supervised contact order

Marie acted for a young mother where there were numerous safeguarding concerns regarding the father of the child. These related to his wider family, and included Children’s Services involvement. The court did not allow him unsupervised contact with Marie’s client’s child. The father refused to co-operate with the CAFCASS safeguarding checks or engage in the Continue reading

Helping a father re-establish contact

Ronald represented a father in private law proceedings where the mother was reluctant to agree to the children seeing the father. The mother’s position was that the children had decided that they no longer wanted to see their father. Ronald’s client had been offered a ‘take it or leave it’ contact arrangement of a maximum Continue reading

Enabling a mother to retain care of her children

Ronald represented a mother of four children in care proceedings. At the first hearing, the matter was listed for immediate removal of the children from the mother’s care and this application was supported by the guardian for the children. Ronald was able to persuade the court that the mother should be allowed the opportunity to Continue reading

Supporting a step-father through contested adoption

Sophie represented a step-father in a rather unusual application for adoption. The child had resided with the mother and step-father for a period of eleven years, following allegations and subsequent conviction of the biological father for cruelty against the child. The adoption application was strongly opposed by the biological father, who appeared in person. Throughout Continue reading

Representing a Mother with severe mental health difficulties

Sandria represented a Mother whose three children had been removed her care into foster care placements. Sandria’s client had pre-existing and continuing mental health difficulties, and the Local Authority had had great difficulty in dealing her, as had she was seemingly unable to understand their concerns, and very reluctant to engage in any meaningful way. Continue reading

Supporting a Father in a complex care case

Sandria acted for a Father of two children, the eldest of four who had been removed from the care of the Mother. The Mother had some mental health difficulties, and assessments were required as to how the four children could best be cared for. Initially, the Father of the youngest child had the child in Continue reading

Limiting contact following domestic violence

Marie represented a Mother in contact proceedings. Marie’s client alleged serious domestic violence against her former partner, and there had also been criminal proceedings for serious offences, which had unfortunately not resulted in a conviction. Despite the lack of a criminal conviction, following Marie’s representing during a fact finding hearing in the family court, findings Continue reading

Maintaining Contact between a Mother and children

Marie represented a Mother with substance misuse and mental health issues as a result of her poor childhood experiences. During the proceedings, Marie’s client was not able to successfully address those issues and become abstinent. As a result it was clear that she was unable to care for the children safely. Marie’s sensitive and supportive Continue reading

Defending marital assets from an accusation of bigamy

Dean acted for the husband in a financial dispute following a long marriage in excess of 15 years. The wife’s position was that the fact that the husband had committed bigamy by remarrying prior to their divorce amounted to conduct that the court should take into consideration when dividing the marital assets, and that she Continue reading

Supporting a Father in appealing against allegations

Marie represented a Father in an appeal where allegations had been made against him by the Mother, but he in turn alleged that these were fabricated. Marie was able to support her client through the process of appeal, and successfully appealed findings of fact and a non-molestation injunction made by the Tier 1 Family Court. Continue reading

Protecting a Father and child from domestic violence

Marie represented a Father who fled from the home with his young child having been the victim of domestic violence by his wife. Marie’s empathetic approach enabled her to provide sensitive representation for her client as he sought to protect his child and himself at this difficult time. The court agreed that the Mother should Continue reading

Protecting a child where a new name is needed

Melanie acted for the Applicant in a case involving four applications. Her client sought a Child Arrangements Order with neither direct nor indirect contact with the Respondent, to change the child’s name and surname, to remove the Respondent’s parental responsibility, and a Prohibited Steps Order. Following Melanie’s representation, the Court awarded all the applications, determining Continue reading

Protecting a child at risk of Female Genital Mutilation

Philip successfully acted for a Mother to obtain an order protecting her daughter under the Female Genital Mutilation Act. It was also necessary to obtain a further order preventing the Father from applying for a passport for the child so that she could not be removed from the country.

Maintaining contact between father and child

Sandria acted for a Father in a case where four children had been removed from the Mother’s care. The children all had different fathers, each of whom had put themselves forward to care for their own child. With Sandria’s representation, although his child remained in foster care, her client achieved good contact arrangements. These would Continue reading

Maintaining contact with a child

Sandria represented a Mother through fact finding and final hearing in a case in which the child had suffered severe injuries. This was a sensitive and difficult case, as Sandria’s client not only accepted from the outset that she had failed to protect the child from significant harm, but also had drug abuse problems and Continue reading

Returning a child to a mother’s care

Sandria represented a Mother throughout a case which involved alcohol and drug misuse, coupled with the death of a child while in the client’s care. Sandria’s particular approach was to establish a good working relationship with her client, working with her in a non-judgmental, supportive and encouraging way. This helped the Mother to address her Continue reading

Resolving contact disagreements at final hearing

Marie represented a Father of an autistic child who was having difficulties agreeing contact with the Mother. Her client had previously represented himself throughout the proceedings and was struggling to achieve the contact he wanted. He then instructed a Solicitor and Marie for the final hearing. Marie’s representation and advice on this sensitive case enabled Continue reading

Defending against a £20million claim

John acted for a Defendant in a case in which the Claimant was attempting to make a claim whose value, taking into account costs, investigative work, and legal fees, spiralled, at its highest, to £20 million. This figure would, if awarded, bankrupt John’s client.   The Defendant had been in practice as a high level Continue reading

Protecting a 50% share in a property

Dean represented a client whose ex-partner brought a TOLATA claim against her. Her former partner was seeking an order that the property they jointly owned should in fact be owned 70% in his favour and 30% in her favour, claiming that they had reached this agreement between them. Dean’s client maintained that the property should Continue reading

Resolving disputed joint ownership of land

Dean represented a client engaged in a dispute with a sibling over a plot of land in their joint names. The legal title to the land was held in their joint names. However, Dean’s client maintained that the parties had agreed when purchasing the property that he would own 90% of it. The other sibling Continue reading

Antisocial Behaviour Injunction

Dean acted for a housing association in relation to an application for an injunction requiring the removal of a tenant’s dogs owing to the noise they were making. At the initial hearing an order was made by agreement that the dogs would be removed within 28 days, thus avoiding the need and cost of a Continue reading

Order for Transfer of Joint Tenancy

Dean acted for the wife in an application for an application made by a husband to transfer a joint tenancy of a housing association property into his sole name. Dean’s client had lived in the property since the parties separated, however the husband sought to transfer the tenancy into his sole name, thus removing her Continue reading

Appealing fact-finding on behalf of a mother

Philip represented a mother in care proceedings that went on appeal from fact-finding decisions and then to a further final hearing. He successfully appealed all the serious findings of fact made against the parents. In the final hearing, he further succeeded in obtaining a finding that the threshold criteria were not made out and that Continue reading

Avoidance of disqualification for a client with 15 points

Rachel represented a Defendant with 15 points on their driving licence, in a case involving failing to give information (a ‘section 172’ offence). The client also had a recent conviction for the same offence, something which was of concern to the Magistrates. However, Rachel used her considerable advocacy skills to argue ‘exceptional hardship’ on behalf Continue reading

Defending civil injunction applications

Rachel successfully defended two joined applications for civil injunctions against a married couple. Whilst this was a civil matter, the application arose out of acrimonious contact proceedings in the family court and Rachel’s knowledge of both civil and family proceedings was essential. The application was dealt with by way of a fully contested hearing. The Continue reading

Successful Appeal of Final Child Arrangements Order

Marie successfully acted for a Mother to appeal a final order of a District Judge. In addition to retaining the couple’s children after holiday contact, the Father had made very serious false allegations against the Mother, none of which were considered proved by the Court (nor had the authorities considered them to be of any Continue reading

Advising on a breach of mediation agreement

Dean was instructed to advise a claimant in a dispute originally concluded by way of a mediation agreement in 2010. The agreement provided for one of the properties of an estate to be sold forthwith, until which time his client would reside in one of the other estate properties. Following the sale the client would Continue reading

Securing freeholder possession of a leasehold property

Dean was instructed by a freeholder to obtain possession of an unencumbered leasehold property. The leaseholder had failed to pay the service charges for a period of three years. The matter was complicated by the significant amount of equity in the property in comparison to the amount owed to the freeholder in service charges. Nevertheless Continue reading

Securing an out of court settlement and reduced costs

Melanie represented a Respondent in a complex matrimonial finance case which had been listed for a two-day final hearing. The case involved a number of different assets including property, business and trust assets. There were also issues between the parties regarding their incomings and outgoings, earning capacity and housing need. Melanie successfully negotiated a settlement Continue reading

Securing Personal Independent Payments on appeal

Melanie successfully represented an Appellant under the Direct Public Access scheme, appearing before the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement) Chamber in an appeal against the Department of Work and Pension’s refusal to award Personal [LC1] Independence Payments (PIP) in respect of daily living activities and mobility activities. Both daily living activity and mobility activity PIPs were awarded Continue reading

Mitigation on behalf of a speeding driver

Rachel represented a Defendant who had pleaded guilty to driving at over 100mph on a motorway. The Defendant was anxious to avoid a lengthy ban and had been advised that the financial penalty would be high. Rachel mitigated on her client’s behalf, arguing that the impact of a lengthy ban and high financial penalty would Continue reading

2nd marriage with pre-acquired assets

Acting for a wife who had brought into her second marriage a property and various savings.  The H asserted that he had made an equal contribution and that his needs (including repayment of a family debt) meant that he should receive more than a 50% share of the assets.  The H also claimed that he Continue reading

Abusive Husband

Acting for a mother who alleged that her former husband had been abusive towards her and the children.  She supported the father having contact with the children but sought for it to be supervised until such time as he had demonstrated that he had taken steps to alter his behaviour.   The father denied all allegations Continue reading

Successful limitation of special damages

Rachel represented the Defendant at the final hearing of a personal injury claim where liability had been admitted and the award of damages needed to be decided by the Judge. The Claimant had claimed special damages for alleged losses including the cost of attending the medical expert appointments and general expenses. General Damages of £3,400 Continue reading

Acting for a vulnerable Respondent mother

Rachel acted for a vulnerable Respondent mother who had suffered domestic abuse by the father and had moved with their child to another area of the country. The father had applied for residence and for a Prohibited Steps Order. In previous hearings, the Judge had refused to transfer the case to the area where the Continue reading

Acting for applicant mother in contact proceedings

Rachel acted for an Applicant mother where the father had obtained a residence order and the mother had not seen the child for 5 years. The parents’ separation had been extremely acrimonious and the father continued to refuse the mother any form of contact with the child. Rachel’s client was extremely anxious as it was Continue reading

Mitigation on behalf of a speeding driver

Rachel represented a Defendant who had pleaded guilty to driving at over 100mph on a motorway. The Defendant was anxious to avoid a lengthy ban and had been advised that the financial penalty would be high. Rachel mitigated on her client’s behalf, arguing that the impact of a lengthy ban and high financial penalty would Continue reading

Defending a claim for breach of contract and negligence

John acted for a Defendant business in a claim for breach of contract and negligence following the death of the proprietor, in which the Claimant sought to claim against the business, which was the estate of the deceased. The Claimant, the spouse of the deceased, sought to argue that amounts of money had been left Continue reading

Making a claim on an estate

John was asked to advise the proposed Claimant in a potential claim against the proposed Defendants regarding the estate of the deceased. The deceased held a property portfolio with a value of £2m and the proposed Defendant ex-spouse of the deceased sought to administer the entire estate, having historically dealt with much of the administration Continue reading

Representing a commercial leaseholder

John acted on behalf of a commercial leaseholder, acting in negotiations and representing his client in a number of directions hearings involving several leased properties that were allegedly falling into disrepair. This case was crucial for John’s client as losing one case was likely to lead to floodgate litigation, which would bankrupt the client. John Continue reading

Acting for a vulnerable mother

John acted for a Respondent mother where the father had made an application for the child to live with him. His client needed particular support as she was young and vulnerable, having previously suffered domestic abuse by the father. John negotiated that the child will live with the mother, and arranged an incremental increase in Continue reading

Fact Finding – Acting for a mother

Marie acted for a mother in an application for a Child Arrangements Order by the father for contact with the child. A non-molestation injunction had been granted in separate proceedings, due to allegations of the father’s violence. The father had subsequently breached the order on numerous occasions, which had been dealt with in the criminal Continue reading

Intervener within Financial Remedy proceedings

Dean was instructed by an intervener in financial remedy proceedings to recover a £30,000 loan made to a friend. The client had loaned the money to enable his friend and friend’s partner to purchase a property. They had agreed verbally that the client would have an interest of £30,000 in the property, however this had Continue reading

Application for determination of service charge

Dean was instructed by the freeholders of a property to obtain a determination of the service charge payable by one of the leaseholders within the building, to enable his clients to begin proceedings for the forfeiture of the lease. The leaseholder had failed to pay the service charge for four years, and the freeholders’ previous Continue reading

Dispute over Sale of Family Home

Holly was instructed through the Direct Access scheme to represent a client who sought to sell the property that he owned with his former partner. The couple had separated a year previously and had a child together, who they both cared for. Holly first had a telephone conference with the client to explain how the Continue reading

Negotiating a non-mol order

Lavinia represented the Respondent, the Applicant’s brother. The Applicant was seeking a non-molestation order. The case was complicated by the fact that both parties lived at their parent’s house. Therefore it was manifestly unfair to exclude the Respondent from entering the property where the Applicant resides, as this was also the Respondent’s home address. Lavinia Continue reading

Mitigating sentence for driver

Lavinia represented the Defendant who pleaded guilty to driving whilst under the influence of drugs, with mitigating circumstances. The Defendant asserted they had taken ketamine and morphine for pain before crashing their vehicle into a stationary vehicle. The Court accepted that the Defendant had been in considerable pain and taken the drugs as painkillers. Although Continue reading

Obtaining possession of a property

Lavinia was successful in the possession of a local authority property. The tenant had an introductory tenancy and had fallen in rent arrears. The tenant attended the hearing and asked the Judge to exercise discretion in possession by adjourning with leave to restore. They had reduced arrears by making a payment. Lavinia made successful submissions Continue reading

Defending against claim for negligence

Lavinia represented the Defendant, a driver for a supermarket chain, against a claim of negligence resulting in a road traffic accident. The Claimant’s vehicle had been hit by the Defendant’s at traffic lights. She argued that any negligence was on the part of the Claimant, who had failed to make the Defendant aware of his Continue reading

Decfective interim charging order

Melanie acted for the Judgement Creditor in a complicated and long-running case involving a defective interim charging order, which was duly rectified and a final charging order granted. The Judgement Debtor duly made two applications – one for an adjournment/stay of the proceedings and another for the setting aside of the final charging order Melanie Continue reading

Share of property

Philip acted for a wife in circumstances where the husband had claimed that he no longer had the proceeds of sale of the former matrimonial home. He was successfully in obtaining orders against the husband’s family members and an order that over £40,000 be paid into Court.

Obtaining share of property

Philip acted for a client attempting to obtain a share of a property which was in the other side’s sole name. Despite this, Philip was successful in obtaining by far the greater proportion of the beneficial interest for his client.

Ensuring payment for a sub-contractor

Dean acted for a sub-contractor in a contractual dispute over analytical services provided to a commercial data centre service provider. The contractor disputed the amount of work that had been carried out by the sub-contractor, alleging that it did not owe any of the money claimed. On the day of trial Dean was able to Continue reading

Partnership advice

Dean was instructed by two clients to provide written advice and advise them in conference in respect of their intention to join an existing partnership. Dean was able to advise as to the nature and effect of the partnership agreement as well as the liabilities to which they would be subject.

Company incorporation

Dean advised one of the intended shareholders and directors of a newly formed company in relation to its incorporation. The company operated in the field of website analysis. Dean was instructed to advise as to the implications and liabilities of such an endeavour as well as draft the Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Continue reading

Defective Deed of Variation

Dean was instructed the day before a final hearing by a freeholder in a slightly misconceived claim for forfeiture. The freeholder relied on an alleged breach of the covenant to make building insurance payments.  The lease originally stated that the leaseholder would be responsible for obtaining the building insurance on the property, however as a Continue reading

Failure to repair leasehold property

Dean represented a freeholder in an application for numerous breaches of the repairing covenant under a lease in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). Dean attended a site visit and subsequently the hearing, where evidence was heard from the leaseholder and tenant of the flat, both denying that any such breaches had occurred. The leaseholder also Continue reading

Detailed assessment of costs

Dean acted for a successful claimant in Detailed Assessment proceedings following a claim in which damages were awarded in excess of £200,000, the costs bill being originally drafted for a sum of just over £140,000. The case involved disputes as to (i) the amount of costs to be awarded, (ii) the enforceability of the CFA Continue reading

Resolving a long-running neighbour dispute

Dean acted for clients locked into a long-running dispute with their neighbours. This was the second set of proceedings between the parties, in which Dean’s clients sought (i) access to their neighbours’ land to enable repairs to be carried out to the clients’ conservatory, (ii) damages to cover the cost of repairing the conservatory, and Continue reading

Grandparents with Residence Order

Marie represented grandparents in a case where they had a Residence Order and the child had lived with them for a number of years. An SGO was granted despite opposition from one of the parents.

Grandparents as guardians

Marie represented grandparents as interveners in care proceedings. After assessment, and with the support of the parents who were unable to care for the children, Marie was successful in having their grandchildren placed with her clients, with a Special Guardianship order being made in their favour.

Non-molestation injunction

Marie represented a father who had the care of the couple’s children in an application for a non-molestation injunction and occupation order against the mother. Following a contested hearing, the orders were eventually made for the mother to leave the home and the father to remain there with the children.

Non-molestation injunction

Marie acted for an elderly woman to obtain a non-molestation injunction against her son, who lived in her home and was being abusive to her. The orders were made by the Court, forcing him to leave the home with immediate effect.

Non-molestation injunction & Occupation Order

Marie represented a woman in an application for a non-molestation injunction and occupation order against her former partner, following allegations of violence. There were children involved, also alleged to be at risk. The case additionally involved a fabricated allegation he had made to the Police about Marie’s client, which the Police did not treat as Continue reading

Removing parental responsibility and changing names

Marie represented a mother in an application to prohibit any contact between her ex-husband and their children after he committed serious violent and sexual assaults against her and was imprisoned after a lengthy trial. This emotive and sensitive case also included the very unusual application to remove the father’s Parental Responsibility and change the children’s Continue reading

Grandparents with residence order

Marie represented paternal grandparents who have a residence order in respect of their grandchild. A contact application had been made by the maternal grandmother for unsupervised contact to include holidays abroad. Marie’s clients had very serious concerns about the maternal grandmother’s care of the child, which arose from previous agreed contact. There were also concerns Continue reading

Non-Hague Convention case

Marie represented a mother in an application to prevent her former partner from removing their child to South America, which was where the father had grown up and still had family ties. A prohibited steps order was made. This was particularly important, as it is a non-Hague Convention country.

Resisting an application for a Specific Issue Order

Marie represented a mother resisting an application for a Specific Issue Order for the father to take very young children on holidays abroad. After a two-day hearing the application was refused and the father was told to re-apply after a minimum of three years.

Removal from jurisdiction

Marie acted for a mother in an application to remove a child from the jurisdiction to Portugal. The proceedings were going well. However, the plans were put on hold by agreement before the final hearing after the mother decided to wait and firm up practical arrangements and re-issue an application at a later date.

Acting for a father

Marie acted for a father in a case of implacable hostility, where repeated unfounded allegations were made. The father was having contact with his child, but the mother was seeking to bring it to an end – alleging harm to the child. A Guardian was appointed for the child and contact eventually progressed by agreement.

Representing a mother

Marie acted for a mother in an application for a child arrangements order that the child live with her. The father made numerous allegations about the mother’s care of the child, but, following a two-day hearing, she was successful and an order was made that the child lives with her.

Contesting contact

Marie represented a mother in a contact application made by father where there had been very serious domestic violence, which was found proved at a fact-finding hearing. The father had had no significant contact with the children as the couple had separated when the eldest child was a very young baby and before the youngest Continue reading

Transferring residence to the father

Marie initially represented a father for a contact application, but after raising a number of concerns about the mother’s care of the child and them being investigated by Children’s Services, an application to transfer residence at a contested interim hearing was successful.

Contact orders complicated by custodial sentence

Marie represented the mother in a contact application by the father, who had been serving a prison sentence since the child’s birth and had drug and alcohol problems. A period of supervised contact was tried but was unsatisfactory, and proceedings lasted for two and a-half years. Testing showed that the father continued to have issues Continue reading

Supporting a father with mental health issues

Marie represented a father in care proceedings in his application for contact with his child. Her client had complex problems of drug addiction and serious mental health issues. There were also issues of domestic violence. Despite this, he was assessed positively, and Marie’s experience of working with parents struggling to cope with similar problems helped Continue reading

Special Guardianship Order for grandmother

Marie successfully represented a grandmother in an Appeal to the County Court where an Interim Care Order for removal of her grandchild was made against the parents in the Family Proceedings Court.  The child had been placed in foster care. This was overturned by the County Court, who placed the child with the grandmother. A Continue reading

Mother and baby placement

Marie represented a father in proceedings where he and the mother were jointly caring for their newborn having successfully resisted a removal at birth. The mother had had previous children removed from her care, but time had elapsed. With Marie’s help, the couple was able to convince the Court that the baby should remain in Continue reading

Securing parental contact in a foster care case

Marie acted for a father with serious mental health and addiction issues in case in the Family Proceedings Court. Although the final outcome for the children was long-term foster care, Marie was successful in securing for her client on-going long-term contact, enabling him and his children to maintain a relationship.

Supporting a teenage mother and her child

Marie represented a teenage mother in the County Court who was alleged to have inflicted a non-accidental injury on her child. The Local Authority was seeking to remove the infant from her care. With Marie’s help, the application for an interim order with removal to foster care pending the final hearing was successfully resisted. Experts Continue reading

Helping a mother regain care of children

Marie represented a mother in the County Court in a case where the concerns were about her inability to separate from a violent partner who was the father of her two young children. The Court made a final order for the children to be adopted. Marie took this case to the Court of Appeal. As Continue reading

Obtaining possession of property

Philip acted for the wife, where the husband was refusing to co-operate with the sale of a house following final orders. He was successful in obtaining orders that his client should have possession of the house (and evict the other party), take over the sale and have her costs paid out of the other party’s Continue reading

Appealing a final order for financial remedy

Philip acted for the husband in an appeal against a final order for financial remedy. He was successful in appealing the order, and obtained a substantially greater share of the proceeds of the former matrimonial home for his client.

Increasing a wife’s periodical payments

Holly represented a wife in her application for interim periodical payments under s.27 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (failure to maintain). The wife argued that after their short marriage the husband had failed to provide her with sufficient financial support. The husband claimed that he had insufficient funds with which to assist her and Continue reading

Agreeing shared care arrangement

Holly represented a mother who was seeking the reinstatement of a shared care arrangement for the parties’ child. The arrangement had ceased due to the mother experiencing a breakdown in her mental health and the child had therefore spent some months in the sole care of the father. The father now sought that the child Continue reading

Supporting a vulnerable mother in court

Holly represented a mother in the father’s application for contact with the parties’ two children. The father had not seen the eldest child for some years and had never met the youngest.  The mother objected to contact on the basis that the father had subjected her to severe domestic violence during the relationship. The matter Continue reading

Securing residence on behalf of father

Holly acted for the father in a dispute over the residence of the parties’ child. She was instructed through the Direct Access scheme. The case involved an emergency application being made for the child to live with the father due to concerns over the mother’s excessive use of alcohol and, once granted, the matter proceeded Continue reading

Resisting strike-out on the grounds of limitation

John successfully represented a commercial client in resisting the Defendant’s application for strike out on the grounds of limitation. Although the Defendant had a strong argument that his client was statute-barred from bringing a case outside of the 6 year limitation, John’s knowledge of commercial law meant that he was able to resist the application. Continue reading

Representing a vulnerable mother

Kevin represented a mother of multiple children in proceedings involving allegations of gross neglect, drug abuse and domestic violence, which was listed for final hearing. Due to mental health issues and cognitive difficulties, the mother was regarded as a vulnerable party. Kevin’s sensitive handling of the case, including over the course of a two-day trial, Continue reading

Fighting care order and removal from mother’s care

Philip represented a mother on a Local Authority’s application for an interim care order and removal of the children from the mother’s care. [O1] Despite the circumstances, he was successful in avoiding both removal and a care order. On being told of the result by email the instructing solicitor’s response was “Remarkable! Many thanks.”   Continue reading

Suspended sentence for £20k benefit fraud

Paul successfully prosecuted a benefit fraudster who claimed housing benefit in the region of £20,000 over a two and half year period. The property concerned was in fact owned by the father of the claimant’s child (a fact she failed to declare!). The Defendant pleaded guilty and was given a 15 months suspended sentence, a Continue reading

Compensation for unfair dismissal

Paul represented an employee sacked for speeding, in a case where a vehicle tracker had recorded evidence of over 1000 occasions in a 6 month period when the speed limit had been exceeded. The Tribunal found that the dismissal was procedurally and substantively unfair and in breach of contract (wrongful dismissal), and awarded compensation of Continue reading

Legal Services Order

The husband, a financial expert, was suspected of hiding away significant financial assets. The wife was unable to afford legal representation to trial, and was considering giving up. The husband was refusing to negotiate at all, and was waiting for the wife to run out of money. John successfully persuaded the court to make a Continue reading

Enabling a father to retain care of his baby

Philip represented a father on the Local Authority’s application for an interim care order to remove the child, a baby, from his care. The case involved Philip’s skill in drafting careful written submissions on the law and facts, which resulted in the Local Authority accepting that the child could remain living with the father.

Representing a local authority in licensing case

Paul acted for Thanet District Council on an appeal by Case Stated against the decision of the East Kent Magistrates acquitting a defendant of failing to comply with selective licensing requirements under the Housing Act 2004; the High Court overturned the Magistrates’ decision and remitted the case to the Magistrates to hear it again.

Successfully prosecuting multiple counts of fly-tipping

Paul successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with eight counts of fly-tipping in the Elmbridge district over the period of a year, in a case involving CCTV and telephone evidence. The Defendant was sent to prison for 44 weeks and ordered to pay the Council’s costs.

Representing a borrower in a loan dispute

John acted on behalf of a borrower in a loan dispute against a major High Street bank. Despite the borrower’s loan account having being closed some years earlier and the limitation period having expired, the lender sought to recover the full amount. This case involved John’s detailed expertise and prolonged arguments on historical case law, Continue reading

Advising a family on intestacy rules

John acted in an advisory capacity to a large family seeking to claim against the estate of the deceased. Although a Will had been drafted, it had not been properly executed, and was therefore not valid. The beneficiaries sought to rely on the intestacy rules to claim the entirety of the deceased’s estate. This case, Continue reading

Mum with luxury five-bed holiday home in Florida claimed £50k in benefits

Paul Tapsell recently prosecuted a defendant charged with benefit fraud in excess of £50,000; the jury rejected the Defendant’s arguments that a £400,000 inheritance she had received had been invested in an overseas property on trust for her children. The Defendant is presently awaiting sentence and the commencement of Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation proceedings Continue reading

Securing assets for an emotional wife

Ronald represented, on a direct public access basis, a wife who was having difficulty managing her emotions and accepting the end of the marriage despite the husband’s cohabitation with a new partner. Whilst she wanted a significant proportion of assets that were in the children’s bank accounts to be ring-fenced, Ronald had to advise her Continue reading

Securing a home for a father and child

Ronald represented a husband whose health issues had prevented him from working for long periods. The wife was a ‘high-flying’ professional who had been the main earner during the marriage. The couple’s teenage child had chosen to live with the husband. The husband’s intention was to present a case that he would seek employment, that Continue reading

Securing a home for a mother and child

Ronald represented a wife in a case where the assets were under £200,000, primarily comprising the value of the former matrimonial home and some savings. The parties had a young child, who lived with the wife. With her earning capacity limited in comparison to her husband’s, the wife wanted a periodical payments order, and for Continue reading

Securing more than 50% of assets for a wife

Ronald represented a Respondent wife through the Direct Access Scheme at a two-day trial at short notice. This was an involved case, where there was already a maintenance order made against the applicant husband in Belgium and a significant proportion of the assets, that amounted to only £350,000, being ‘ring fenced’ into the children’s bank Continue reading

Cash seizure on leaving the UK

Paul represented the Home Office in a case concerning a cash seizure of approximately £40,000 from foreign nationals leaving the UK through Dover Docks. The concealed and undeclared cash was claimed to be the profits of online gambling and/or foreign property transactions, however the lack of sufficient audit trail or evidence of currency exchange suggested Continue reading

Acting for a tenant in an informal lease arrangement

Paul acted on a Direct Public Access basis for the tenant in a case involving a lease renewal for a riding stables and livery yard and accommodation. The original lease amounted to an informal family cash arrangement which had been varied with additional land and buildings incorporated into the agreement over a period of over Continue reading

Possession claim involving a nuisance behaviour

Paul acted for the local authority in a possession claim arising from nuisance behaviour by a tenant. The tenant raised a defence involving Human Rights issues and referring to their considerable vulnerabilities (including mental health and pregnancy) and alleged that the local authority were, or should have been, aware of the tenant’s condition from the Continue reading

Defending claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination

Paul acted for an Employment Agency providing staff for local authority placements in a claim involving Transfer of Undertakings and unfair dismissal and allegations of sex, race and disability discrimination by employees of the Agency and the Local Authority; a number of the matters were dismissed at a preliminary stage, thereby reducing the anticipated hearing Continue reading

Acting for a firm of solicitors in a dispute over a takeover

Paul was instructed by the employer in claims brought by several solicitors following the takeover of a solicitors’ firm by another firm. The matter involved determination of individuals’ rights under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations and claims for redundancy payments, unlawful deductions from wages and unfair and/or constructive dismissal. Detailed negotiations took place and tactical/economic Continue reading

Reclaiming investment in property improvements

Paul acted for an individual who wished to reclaim his contribution towards the costs of improvements to a property owned by his former partner (girlfriend); the client had invested a considerable sum towards the works to the property and lent his partner cash sums on the basis that he would be repaid from the proceeds Continue reading

Residential boundary dispute

Paul was instructed on a Direct Public Access basis by lay clients (assisted by their surveyor) in connection with a dispute as to the precise location of the rear boundary between two residential properties. There was a history of encroachment and threatening behaviour by the neighbouring property owner, including the removal of an established hedge Continue reading

Boundary dispute on agricultural land

Paul was instructed on a Direct Public Access basis by the owners of a field adjoining a house in a hearing to determine damages, following a preliminary finding that the clients had trespassed on a neighbouring development site. The neighbour claimed a sum in excess of £0.5 m for the loss of development value of Continue reading

Boundary dispute over listed building frontage

Paul acted for the Respondent in a dispute involving the determination of the boundary between two properties in a listed terrace of Georgian houses. This case, an illustration of how emotive and frustrating boundary issues can become, arose over the colour of approximately 6 feet of building frontage. Paul was initially instructed in the County Continue reading

Long–standing use of agricultural land for parking (Re CF)

Paul represented the Local Authority in a Planning Inquiry concerning the use of an extensive site for off-airport car parking. This long-running case involved a company which had been granted initial permission to use farmland to park 200 cars, and had subsequently extended their multi-million point operation to accommodate 1400-1500 vehicles without additional permission. The Continue reading

Retaining right of way to a local footpath (Re HSM)

Paul represented a Local Authority in a footpath inquiry involving access across private land owned by a wild fowl conservation (shooting) club. Local walkers had historically used the footpath as it joined two other paths approximately ¾ mile apart to create a circular walk. They asked the Local Authority to take action when the shooting Continue reading

Disputing the status of a Listed Building

Paul represented a Local Authority in a dispute regarding Listed Building status of a historic building; involving the identification and description of the building and the enforceability of the Grade 2 listing. The building’s owner had already carried out a significant amount of work to the building, demolishing large parts of it, before civil proceedings Continue reading

Tobacco and car seizure (H v A & B)

Paul acted for two non-smokers who had been stopped at Dover Docks with 20 kg of hard rolling tobacco which they claimed was for gifts for family and friends; the tobacco and car been seized on the grounds that the this was excessive, and therefore more likely to be intended for sale. Paul worked with Continue reading

Seizure of vehicles in multiple use of ARC

Paul acted for the Home Office in a case involving the seizure of several tractor and trailer units (and associated consignments of alcohol) involved in multiple use of ARC documentation (the transportation of excise goods duty free under bond). The hire company which leased the trailer units was appealing the seizure of nearly half their Continue reading

Partnership agreement

Dean represented a client in a dispute with his previous business partners for recovery of his share of the business, being in excess of £60,000. The proceedings resulted in Judgment for the full amount claimed, including interest, being awarded to the client.

Tenants’ claim for damages against landlord

Dean represented tenants of a luxury residential property in a claim against the landlord for damages arising from the poor condition of the property including damp and other issues. The value of the claim exceeded £25,000 and the clients were granted judgment in their favour.

Contractual dispute over stolen vehicle

Dean acted for a car sales business that had purchased a car which was subsequently shown to have been stolen from the original owner. As a matter of law the seller of the vehicle could not pass good title to the client, despite not knowing that the vehicle was stolen, and therefore the car was Continue reading

Agency fees advice

Dean advised a property developer as to its potential liability of commission payable to a marketing agent, and ways to minimise it, in respect of 32 properties placed for sale. Such advice enabled the developer to avoid paying any commission to the agent.

Establishing a share in property held on trust

Dean represented a woman seeking to obtain an interest in property she had purchased with her partner, which had been placed into her husband’s sole name as a result of her poor credit rating. The client had contributed financially to the property both in respect of the initial deposit and on-going mortgage payments. The client Continue reading

Contractual dispute with sub-contractor

Dean acted for a developer in respect of a dispute with an electrician sub-contractor engaged by the developer on a project involving the refurbishment of four properties. The developer sought damages in excess of £25,000 owing to the electrician having failed to carry out the contracted work satisfactorily. The proceedings were settled on favourable terms Continue reading

Damages claim involving PTSD

Dean acted in a claim for damages for post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of earnings and costs of moving outside the jurisdiction following an incident whereby a car drove through a shop window whilst customers were inside. The client was granted judgment in the full amount claimed.

Injunction against building works

Dean acted for a company with assets in excess of £2 million in respect of an application for an injunction preventing building works being carried out on its premises that would affect the company’s ability to carry on its business. The application resulted in an agreement being reached between the parties such that the company Continue reading

Defending an unlawful eviction claim

Dean acted for a local authority in a multi-track civil claim brought by tenants claiming unlawful eviction and damages in respect of items the tenants claimed had been lost and damaged as a result of the said eviction. Following a multi-day trial the Judge determined that the local authority had lawfully evicted the tenants and Continue reading

Housing benefit on an unoccupied property

Dean acted for a local authority in a case involving the prosecution of a defendant for benefit fraud on the basis that the Defendant had vacated the property yet continued to claim housing benefit. The defendant asserted that her circumstances fell within paragraph 7(13) of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006.

Depositing controlled waste without a licence

Dean prosecuted a multi-day trial on behalf of a local authority in the Crown Court, in which it was alleged the defendant had knowingly caused the depositing of controlled waste without a licence on the basis that he had been the owner of the vehicle used when the waste was deposited.

Multi-day benefit fraud trial

Dean acted for a local authority in a multi-day benefit fraud trial in which it was alleged that the defendant had failed to notify the authority that she was living with her partner, thus affecting her entitlement to claim housing benefit and council tax support in an amount in excess of £10,000. The defendant called Continue reading

Retaining ownership of property

Dean represented a woman in proceedings in which her ex-partner was seeking to establish an interest in the home where parties had resided during the relationship. The property was registered in the sole name of the client, however, her ex-partner sought to argue that as a result of his having made mortgage payments he was Continue reading

Female partner awarded 50% share in property

Dean represented a woman in a dispute with her ex-partner over ownership of a property they jointly owned. The client sought a 50% share of the property, whereas, whilst her partner accepted that she had an interest in the property, he valued it at 10% of its value. Following conclusion of the proceedings Dean’s client Continue reading

Male partner gains interest in property

Dean represented a man in a dispute with his ex-partner as to the ownership of the property in which they had resided during the relationship. The property had been purchased in the sole name of the client’s partner, however it was found that owing to the client’s contributions, both financially and in improving the property, Continue reading

Acting for wife in case of ‘second family’

Dean acted for the wife. Prior to these proceedings, the husband had spent a great deal of time working abroad and whilst doing so had formed a long-term relationship with another woman with whom he had had a child. He subsequently moved his ‘second family’ to the UK. The husband now sought to reduce the Continue reading

Representation at final hearing

Dean acted under the Direct Public Access Scheme at final hearing for a wife who had previously represented herself throughout the proceedings. In addition to providing representation at the hearing, he assisted the client in drafting witness statements, preparing the court bundle, index and requisite court documents before the hearing. The wife sought a share Continue reading

Inheritance as part of marital assets

Acted for the husband in financial remedy proceedings in which the husband had received a large inheritance shortly before the parties divorced. The wife sought to argue that the inheritance formed part of the marital assets and that she was entitled to half of the same, the husband asserted that the inheritance was his to Continue reading

Reaching agreement on property portfolio

Dean acted for the husband in financial remedy proceedings in which the marital assets included a property portfolio valued in excess of £1 million. Following negotiations a favourable agreement was reached for his client, ensuring that further hearings and the resultant legal fees were avoided.

Preventing enforcement of separation agreement

Dean acted for the wife in proceedings for financial remedy following divorce. The parties had drafted their own separation agreement without the assistance of solicitors when they separated three years previously. The husband now sought to rely on the agreement whereas Dean’s client did not wish to be bound by its terms. Dean’s case was Continue reading

Contact dispute involving fabricated allegations of sexual abuse

Dean acted for father applying for contact with his children. The children’s mother alleged that the father had subjected her to multiple rapes, and had sexually abused the children. A fact finding hearing, involving Dean’s expert cross-examination, concluded that the allegations were unfounded. Contact was allowed between Dean’s client and the children.

Contact dispute involving allegations of sexual abuse

Dean acted for the mother in an application by the father for contact with the parties’ children. The mother objected to contact taking place on the grounds that she alleged that the father had sexually abused the children. Dean’s client was intimidated by the domineering father and required reassurance and support. A series of adjournments Continue reading

Contact dispute involving a known sex-offender

Dean acted for the father in a contact dispute where the child’s mother was seeking unsupervised contact. The child lived with Dean’s client, who wished to deny unsupervised contact owing to the mother’s boyfriend being a convicted child sex offender. Dean’s client was successful – the mother’s application for unsupervised contact was refused and she Continue reading

Refuting allegations of neglect by a mother

Dean acted for a mother throughout proceedings in a residence dispute where the father alleged that she was neglectful and did not care for the child appropriately. Dean’s client’s counter-allegations were that the father sought to alienate the child against her, causing the child to prefer to live with the father and his male partner. Continue reading

Occupation order protecting a young mother and child

Dean acted for a young mother within proceedings relating to her children as well as in an application for an occupation order of her council property. His client had been subjected to domestic violence, and the successful outcome enabled her to remain in the property with her young child whilst her partner was forced to Continue reading

Child arrangement order

Dean appeared in the Court of Appeal in a case where the father was accused of removing the child from the care of the mother. The lower court had previously ordered that the child be returned to the care of the mother. However, the child threatened to kill herself were this to happen and ultimately Continue reading

Family Home and Investment Property

Edward acted for the claimant who sought an order for sale of the former family home and an investment property co-owned with his ex-partner. His ex-partner opposed the application; she sought to remain in the family home and retain the investment property. At the conclusion of the trial, the Court ordered a sale of both Continue reading

Family Home

Edward acted for the  defendant in proceedings brought by his ex-partner. His ex-partner sought an order for sale in respect of the former family home. Both parties were defendants in proceedings brought by a third party seeking a six-figure sum concerning loans made in relation to the property. Both cases were settled out of court Continue reading

Securing marital assets and a clean break for a husband

Edward acted for a husband at final hearing. The wife contended that there had been agreement at separation and husband had already received 50% of the capital at the time of separation. It was held that husband was further entitled to half of the remaining capital at the time of trial and a clean break.

Securing 75% of the marital home for a wife

Edward acted for a wife in a four-day final hearing. The husband sought the transfer of the former matrimonial home into his name. The wife sought an order for sale. It was held that the home should be sold. The wife was awarded in excess of 75% of the capital.  

Wyatt v Vince

Edward acted for Ms. Wyatt in the case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 when it was originally heard in the High Court.  

Special Guardianship Order for grandparents

Edward acted for the grandparents in an application for a Special Guardianship Order for their grandchildren. It was alleged that the mother had neglected the children and was unable to look after the child The mother contested, but the Court would grant the Special Guardianship Order in favour of the grandparents.

Acting for a Father in a complex fact-finding

Edward acted as junior counsel for a Father in a complex fact-finding in the High Court in care proceedings concerned with allegations of the abuse and exploitation of children and child prostitution. The Court would order that the Father’s child should return to live with him.  

Care proceedings involving non-accidental injuries

Edward represented a mother during fact-finding hearing in care proceedings where a five-month old child was found to have multiple rib fractures, multiple arm fractures, a leg fracture and bruising. All fractures were found to be non-accidental injuries which had been inflicted on more than one occasion. It was the view of the local authority, Continue reading

Acting for a mother to reunite family

Edward acted for a mother whose eldest child was resident with the father .The mother had not  seen the child for two years following the parental separation. After a two-day hearing the court ordered shared care arrangements.

Acting for a father

Edward acted for a father in a case where his client had not seen his child for a protracted period. The mother had made allegations of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse. The court ordered that the father should be able to spend time with his child immediately and without the need for supervision.

Acting for a mother

Edward acted for a mother during three-day private law final hearing. The local authority was recommending unsupervised arrangements for the father. The mother was opposed to unsupervised arrangements without the father undertaking an anger-management programme. In spite of the local authority recommendation, the court held that father had to undertake such a programme before arrangements Continue reading

Cash seizure relating to money laundering

Edward acted for defendants in a case involving a large sum of cash seized upon importation from Eastern Europe. HMRC alleged that the cash was recoverable property and intended for use in unlawful conduct. It was held that the cash was neither unlawful in origin nor in intended use. Forfeiture was refused and the cash Continue reading

Acting for a child in Inheritance Act dispute

Clive acted for a child in an Inheritance Act dispute involving a large estate in this country as well as significant assets abroad, which required assimilation of substantial quantities of paperwork. A significant issue in the case was whether the deceased had died domiciled in England and Wales.  

Substantial family assets

Clive represented a husband in a case involving substantial family-held farming assets. The case involved him in obtaining and assimilating expert valuation evidence of those assets and accountant’s reports obtained in the case.

Representing a father

Clive represented a father accused of rape and serious sexual assaults. All allegations made against his client were found to be not proven and contact was re-established with the children.  

Child sexual abuse / exploitation case with jurisdictional issues

Clive acted for a respondent parent in lengthy fact finding hearings in the High Court that involved serious allegations including child prostitution, rape and drug misuse. The hearings generated a huge volume of paperwork which needed to be assimilated and understood. The case dealt with jurisdictional issues as well as various applications concerning disclosure, whether Continue reading

Claim for General Damages

Ronald acted for a claimant who was injured in a car accident. The defendant denied liability on the basis that the claimant was making a fraudulent claim having conspired with others to cause the accident deliberately. The defendant had commissioned a report from an accident expert who concluded that the accident could not have happened Continue reading

Contractual Claim

Ronald successfully represented a care home at first instance and on appeal. The case involved a contractual action where a care home client died following admission to hospital and the executor of the estate refused to pay the outstanding fees, on the basis that the care provided was in breach of the standards set by Continue reading

Helping a father and son retain contact

Ronald represented a father who had become frustrated and at the point of giving up having a normal relationship with his child, because of the mother’s objections at every turn. This case involved a mother who was implacably hostile towards the child spending any time with the father. At every stage of what became protracted Continue reading

Enabling a child to have overnight contact with a father

Ronald represented a father through Direct Public Access regarding a long-standing dispute over having overnight contact. His client wanted a shared care order made. In this instance, Ronald had to advise him that based on the facts of the situation, that that type of order was unlikely. Furthermore, his considered advice to his client was Continue reading

Refuting allegations of abuse by a father

Ronald represented a father in private law proceedings where the father was accused of physical and sexual abuse. The court clearly had to deal with the serious allegations first and a fact-finding hearing was conducted. The allegations were made by the young child, and were not confirmed when the child was interviewed by the police Continue reading

Care Proceedings involving domestic and sexual abuse

Ronald acted for a mother in care proceedings at a three-day final hearing, involving issues of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and failure to protect. This case deals with Ronald’s skills in: * assimilating and prioritising large volumes of evidence * demonstrating to the court the efforts the mother had made to change and sustain Continue reading

Care Proceedings involving injury to a young child

Ronald acted for a father in care proceedings where the parents were alleged to have caused numerous fractures to their infant child. The father disputed that he had harmed the child despite both experts agreeing that the x-rays showed the presence of fractures. This case particularly illustrates Ronald’s skills in: * dealing with sensitive issues Continue reading

Care case involving neglect and emotional abuse

Ronald acted for a mother in a five-day care case involving chronic neglect and emotional abuse. There had been a long history of neglect involving multiple children. The Local Authority  had conducted all the possible assessments of the mother. In the face of reality the mother denied that she had been neglected the children and Continue reading

Anti social behaviour

Edward acted for a local authority, obtaining an anti-social behaviour injunction under the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and a possession order with judgment for full rent arrears and costs.

Costs

Edward acted for the Claimant at detailed assessment. All points of dispute were dismissed and costs awarded in full, including the cost of assessment.

Contractual dispute

Edward acted for the defendant at trial in a contractual dispute, successfully arguing that the risk had already passed to the claimant and the contract had also been frustrated. The claimant’s claim was dismissed and the claimant asked to pay the defendant’s costs.

Family Home and Investment Property

Edward acted for the claimant who sought an order for sale of the former family home and an investment property co-owned with his ex-partner. His ex-partner opposed the application; she sought to remain in the family home and retain the investment property. At the conclusion of the trial, the Court ordered a sale of both Continue reading

Family Home

Edward acted for the defendant in proceedings brought by his ex-partner. His ex-partner sought an order for sale in respect of the former family home. Both parties were defendants in proceedings brought by a third party seeking a six-figure sum concerning loans made in relation to the property. Both cases were settled out of court Continue reading

Securing marital assets and a clean break for a husband

Edward acted for a husband at final hearing. The wife contended that there had been agreement at separation and husband had already received 50% of the capital at the time of separation. It was held that husband was further entitled to half of the remaining capital at the time of trial and a clean break.

Securing 75% of the marital home for a wife

Edward acted for a wife in a four-day final hearing. The husband sought the transfer of the former matrimonial home into his name. The wife sought an order for sale. It was held that the home should be sold. The wife was awarded in excess of 75% of the capital.  

Wyatt v Vince

Edward acted for Ms. Wyatt in the case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 when it was originally heard in the High Court.  

Special Guardianship Order for grandparents

Edward acted for the grandparents in an application for a Special Guardianship Order for their grandchildren. It was alleged that the mother had neglected the children and was unable to look after them. The mother contested, but the Court would grant the Special Guardianship Order in favour of the grandparents.  

Acting for a Father in a complex fact-finding

Edward acted as junior counsel for a Father in a complex fact-finding in the High Court in care proceedings concerned with allegations of the abuse and exploitation of children and child prostitution. The Court would order that the Father’s child should return to live with him.

Care proceedings involving non-accidental injuries

Edward represented a mother during fact-finding hearing in care proceedings where a five-month old child was found to have multiple rib fractures, multiple arm fractures, a leg fracture and bruising. All fractures were found to be non-accidental injuries which had been inflicted on more than one occasion. It was the view of the local authority, Continue reading

Acting for a mother to reunite the family

Edward acted for a mother whose eldest child was resident with the father .The mother had not seen the child for two years following the parental separation. After a two-day hearing the court ordered shared care arrangements.

Acting for a father

Edward acted for a father in a case where his client had not seen his child for a protracted period. The mother had made allegations of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse. The court ordered that the father should be able to spend time with his child immediately and without the need for supervision.  

Acting for a mother

Edward acted for a mother during three-day private law final hearing. The local authority was recommending unsupervised arrangements for the father. The mother was opposed to unsupervised arrangements without the father undertaking an anger-management programme. In spite of the local authority recommendation, the court held that father had to undertake such a programme before arrangements Continue reading

Cohabitation settlement

Advising to a successful settlement in a previously hotly disputed argument about the division of the equity in a property to which both parties contributed extensively.

Settling a Land Registry Entry error

Philip obtained an advantageous settlement in circumstances where the Land Registry documents had not properly recorded his client’s interest. This is an unusual situation that complicates matters enormously, but nonetheless a successful outcome can be achieved with very careful handling.

Cohabitation settlement

Philip advised a Direct Access client (referred by a solicitor) with multiple properties of the appropriate settlement of the claim made by his ex-partner and cohabitee.

No award for wife

Philip acted for a husband, where his client had paid for and supported the wife’s move from abroad, and her obtaining professional qualifications in this country. In these unusual circumstances, he succeeded in obtaining an order that the wife receive nothing from the husband. “Upon meeting you for the first time that morning, I was Continue reading

Supporting a client with mental health issues

Philip acted on behalf of a husband whose highly successful career had been cut short by mental illness. Philip’s understanding and expertise enabled him to help his client cope with his mental health issues whilst also supporting him against an extremely acrimonious wife. With Philip’s help, the husband was able to advantageously settle his matrimonial Continue reading

A garden can be a need

Philip acted for a wife in financial remedy proceedings and succeeded in obtaining a higher settlement than usual to enable her to have a garden to pursue her love of gardening. An unusual decision, but an example of how carefully pursuing an unusual point can result in success for the client.

Totally intractable dispute – solved

Philip acted for a husband through the Direct Public Access Scheme in an intractable dispute over the marital property, in which the wife was representing herself. Philip’s considerable negotiation skills enabled him to succeed at the FDR stage in persuading the court and the wife to settle on his client’s suggested terms.

Hidden wealth

Philip acted for a wife in a complex dispute over matrimonial property and spousal maintenance in circumstances where the husband’s wealth was masked by international share arrangements and his company’s dealings. With Philips expertise and representation in this area, the hearing resulted in a substantial settlement in favour of the wife amounting to a great Continue reading

Jehovah’s Witness Dispute

Philip succeeded in settling by agreement a dispute between two parents of very different religious beliefs about the present and future upbringing of their child.

Shared residence

In circumstances where the children spent more time with the mother, and the mother’s case was that the father should only have a contact order, Philip was successful in obtaining an order that the children ‘live with’ both the father and the mother, ie the equivalent of the old shared residence order.

Care order for residence with a relative

Philip acted for a child’s aunt in fully contested residence proceedings. Although the courts almost always prefer the children to live with their parent, in this case he successfully obtained an order that the child live with the aunt. Even more unusually, the court was also persuaded that the mother should be subject to an Continue reading

Preventing Permanent Removal Abroad

Philip represented the mother and succeeding in opposing permanent removal, despite: the children living with the father quite serious findings against the mother the Cafcass Officer recommending that the father be given permission. After a long and complicated hearing requiring detailed knowledge of the immigration law of the receiving country as well as meticulous cross-examination Continue reading

Protecting a vulnerable mother

Philip represented a very vulnerable mother and succeeding in restricting the father’s contact to letters only because of the mother’s vulnerability and the father’s history.

Preventing Removal

Philip acted for a mother in opposing the removal of her child from her care. He was successful in defeating the application for an interim care order, which led to the child remaining permanently with the mother.

Non-accidental injury

Philip represented a father and succeeded in avoiding any non-accidental injury findings against his client despite expert and other evidence against him. The local authority and medical experts’ case was that the mother and/or the father must have intentionally inflicted the child’s injuries. Extensive cross-examination and submission led the court to accept the father’s case Continue reading

Preventing Removal

Philip acted for the father at the final care hearing, to successfully prevent the removal of a child from both parents. The mother, with whom the client lived, had had all other children removed from her care. The local authority and expert psychological evidence was entirely against the parents, but detailed cross-examination of the social Continue reading

Child prostitution and international law

Philip acted for a father in a High Court multi-handed care case that took up over two months of court time, and involved the abuse and exploitation of children, including child prostitution. The case required his particular expertise in dealing with international and cross-cultural elements, specifically relating to Eastern Europe, as well as extremely complex Continue reading

Both parties needed the assets to rehouse

Christopher acted for the wife in a low asset case where there were insufficient assets for both parties to be rehoused. The husband had remained in the family home. Christopher successfully persuaded the court that the only way for the wife and child to be rehoused was for the family home to be sold and Continue reading

Significant assets and misconduct

Christopher acted for a wife in the High Court in financial proceedings in a case involving a successful company and a large property portfolio. The husband had severely beaten the wife and his conduct was a significant factor. This case particularly involved Christopher’s skills in: Supporting an emotional client through court proceedings Dealing with large Continue reading

Money to buy properties lent by friend and parents

Christopher acted for the husband in contested financial remedy final hearing. The main issue was as to whether monies used to buy an investment property had been lent to the husband by a friend or were the parties’ savings, and whether monies provided by his parents were gifts or loans. Christopher successfully argued that the Continue reading

Seeking permission for children to holiday abroad

Christopher acted for a mother who sought to take her children on holiday abroad, where the Father objected due to his concerns about the mother’s new partner. Christopher successfully persuaded the court that his client and children should be able to holiday with his her boyfriend.

Mother moving to USA.

Christopher acted for a mother who sought to move to the USA with her son to start a new life with her boyfriend. The Father, who shared care, resisted, but the mother’s application was allowed.

Mother and new partner seeking to adopt

Christopher acted for a mother and her new husband – with whom the children had developed a particularly good relationship and who sought to adopt the children. The father objected. Christopher successfully persuaded the court to grant the adoption.