Marie Crawford

Marie is a highly regarded family law specialist with extensive experience in her areas of practice. Her practice encompasses all aspects of family law at all stages of proceedings and all levels of court, but she is particularly experienced in dealing with cases involving harm to children, and where the parents may be involved.

Marie additionally has a special interest in cases involving family finance, and welcomes enquiries in this area.

Marie is known for her approachable and empathetic approach to her clients and her keen pursuit of their interests. Whilst doing her utmost to achieve her client’s objectives, Marie is able to consider the wider issues of the case that impact emotionally and practically on her clients, alongside the legal issues, and take all of those factors into consideration when advising her clients. This greatly assists her clients in reaching what are sometimes very difficult, far-reaching decisions.

Marie is listed as a leading family junior of the South Eastern Circuit in the Legal 500 2015.

"Marie is very highly regarded in all aspects of Children Act work, particularly care cases

Experienced in contested cases in both the public and private children law spheres."

Publications

Marie has had articles on family law published in Family Law Week and Counsel Magazine.

Courses

Marie has completed the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford that is internationally recognised as arguably the best and most intensive advocacy course in the world. Participants include lawyers from the War Crime Tribunal in The Hague, members of the Scottish Bar, the Florida Bar, the South African Bar and the Bars of Australia, India and Pakistan.
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Marie is a highly regarded family law specialist with extensive experience in her areas of practice. Her practice encompasses all aspects of family law at all stages of proceedings and all levels of court.

Marie is known for her approachable and empathetic approach to her clients and her keen pursuit of their interests. Whilst doing her utmost to achieve her client’s objectives, Marie is able to consider the wider issues of the case that impact emotionally and practically on her clients, alongside the legal issues, and take all of those factors into consideration when advising her clients. This greatly assists her clients in reaching what are sometimes very difficult decisions which will affect the rest of their lives.

Marie is listed as a leading family junior of the South Eastern Circuit in the Legal 500 2015.

Marie is very highly regarded in all aspects of Children Act work, particularly care cases

Experienced in contested cases in both the public and private children law spheres. –

Publications

Marie has had articles on family law published in Family Law Week, Counsel Magazine and LexisNexis.

Courses

Marie has completed the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford that is internationally recognised as arguably the best and most intensive advocacy course in the world. Participants include lawyers from the War Crime Tribunal in The Hague, members of the Scottish Bar, the Florida Bar, the South African Bar and the Bars of Australia, India and Pakistan.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Marie regularly represents clients who are dealing with the aftermath of parental separation and family breakdown, and she understands what a very difficult time this is for a family.

She is frequently instructed in court applications, often on an urgent basis, for Child Arrangement Orders as to which parent a child or children are to live with after separation and how and when they should see their non-resident parent. These cases can include allegations made by one parent against the other of domestic violence, substance misuse, abuse of children and poor parenting, which may involve ancillary applications for Injunctions and Prohibited Steps Orders.

Marie also has extensive experience in representing parents in applications to remove their child/ren from the Jurisdiction, applications for Specific Issue Orders such as change of school and change of surname and Foreign Abduction cases.

Marie Crawford's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

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

Articles by Marie Crawford

Family Children Seminar

Marie Crawford and Gayle Ashley will be presenting a seminar at the View Hotel, Eastbourne on 20th September 2017 from 3.45pm. This seminar will cover a range of topics within Family Children Act proceedings, please contact clerks@becket-chambers.co.uk for more information or to book a place.

Marie Crawford's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you, from the moment you came aboard the case, you turned everything around and I truly believe that if it wasn’t for your hard work , I wouldn’t have got the result I did. So from me and my children thank you so much.”

Mr R instructing Marie Crawford through Instructing Solicitors – December 15

Public Law Children

Marie is regularly instructed to represent children’s parents and guardians in Care and Adoption proceedings. This has often included cases where the most serious harm to children is alleged, such as multiple injuries, sexual abuse and Munchausen Syndrome by proxy. Many of these cases have involved parents who are also facing criminal prosecution as a result of the allegations.

The issues Marie frequently encounters are those of parents struggling with addiction and other mental health issues, learning difficulties, or often simply poverty; including those with impoverished backgrounds – leading to lack of life chances and, in particular, lack of positive parenting role-models.

Marie’s empathetic approach enables her to help her clients through each step of the legal process, and ensure that they get sensitive representation in Court.

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you, from the moment you came aboard the case, you turned everything around and I truly believe that if it wasn’t for your hard work … I wouldn’t have got the result I did. So from me and my children thank you so much.”

Marie regularly represents Grandparents or other family members in applications for a Special Guardianship Order to secure the future of a child or children in their care, or whom professionals have recommended should be in their care for the remainder of their childhood. These applications are often made within Public and Private Law applications, but are more frequently being made as freestanding applications.

Marie Crawford's Public Law Children Cases

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

Articles by Marie Crawford

Marie Crawford's Testimonials for Public Law Children

“Thank you v much indeed Marie for stepping in on this one and for being kind and caring and compassionate.”

Ms S from Solicitors Instructing Marie Crawford – September 17

Family Injunctions

Marie is regularly instructed in applications for emergency Non-Molestation Injunctions and Applications for Occupation Orders under the Family Law Act 1996 to remove a partner or former partner from the ‘matrimonial’ home.  Applications are made on behalf of those who are married and also those who are co-habiting.

Marie Crawford's Family Injunctions Cases

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.

Articles by Marie Crawford

Big Changes in Children’s Cases where Domestic Abuse is an Issue: New Practice Direction 12 J

The presumption of contact can now (explicitly) be displaced As a result of the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic Violence (APPG) after the publication in January 2016 of the influential Women’s Aid report entitled ‘Nineteen Child Homicides: What must change so children are put first in child contact arrangements and the Continue reading