Lavinia joined Becket Chambers in October 2015 and is developing her general practice in all of Chambers core areas.
Lavinia is particularly interested in ensuring that members of the public are able to understand the legal process and access the support available to them. Whilst undertaking her Bar Professional Training, she volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting Litigants in Person throughout the court process. Lavinia also participated in ‘Street Law’, a scheme that aims to inform members of the public of their legal rights. In this role, she organised and delivered presentations to community groups on how the law affects them.
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Lavinia has recently joined Chambers after the successful completion of her pupillage, and is developing a broad practice within Becket Chambers’ core areas. She accepts instructions in crime, civil and general family matters.
She has a particular interest in civil matters, having represented both Claimants and Defendants in the County Court at all stages of proceedings. She is establishing a busy practice particularly in small claim matters, infant approvals, contractual disputes and possession hearings. Lavinia often takes instructions to draft advisory work particularly with regard to quantum in personal injury claims.
Lavinia accepts instructions in general family matters and frequently represents vulnerable clients for emergency non-molestation applications. She has appeared for both applicants and respondents at First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments and Final Hearings.
She has also been instructed by the Home Office in civil forfeiture and condemnation proceedings.
Lavinia has an ability to put clients at ease with her personal and professional approach. She is highly competent in both processing large amounts of information and explaining it to her clients in a clear and concise way.
Lavinia studied law with history at Canterbury Christ Church University before going on to study the Bar Professional Training Course at Northumbria Law School, then commencing pupillage with Becket Chambers in October 2015. Before pupillage she volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting litigants in person throughout the court process.