Michael Batt

Mike’s practice concentrates on all aspects of public and private law cases involving children, including applications for removal from the jurisdiction, acting for parents, extended family members and Children’s Guardians. He was a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel from 1995 until called to the Bar in 2012.

Mike’s previous experience as a solicitor makes him highly aware of the needs of his clients and their solicitors, having first-hand experience of the amount of preparation involved in bringing a case and the challenges of sometimes having to give clients advice they don’t want to hear. He understands the importance of prompt reports and detailed attendance records as well as the need to balance personal involvement and objectivity.

As a solicitor, Mike initially specialised in Crime, acting as a Prosecutor for the Police (pre CPS) and then as a Defence solicitor, whilst at the same time acting for parents and extended family members on all aspects of family work relating to children. After the introduction of the Children Act Mike became more involved acting for parents in care proceedings, developed a reputation for conducting most of his own advocacy and conducted lengthy contested final hearings in the County Court usually against Counsel – some of whom are now colleagues in Chambers.

As a Barrister, he regularly represents parents, children and extended family members in children-related family matters in the local Magistrates, County and High Courts, and is also keen to further develop his practice in the Court of Protection.

Mike has extensive experience in care proceedings involving alcohol and drug misuse, chronic neglect, non-accidental injuries, complex medical issues and allegations of sexual abuse. He has a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable parties and those with problems relating to alcohol/substance misuse or with learning difficulties/mental health and also grandparents and other extended family members who are anxious to either be able to see or look after their grandchildren or other relatives.

Mike has two adult sons and five grandchildren. His interests include music, reading, martial arts and learning Spanish.

Public Law Children

 

Mike regularly represents parents, children and extended family members (particularly grandparents) in children-related family matters in the local Magistrates, County and High Courts. With his combined experience as a solicitor and barrister he has particular understanding of the issues and conflicts that can arise in families when extended family members who wish to be able to see or look after their relatives are involved. Mike’s unusual combination of experience of criminal work (juvenile-related) as a solicitor, and an earlier stint as Probation Officer also helps him to have an understanding of the impact that legal action can have on families and young people.

Mike has extensive experience in care proceedings involving alcohol and drug misuse, chronic neglect, non-accidental injuries, complex medical issues and allegations of sexual abuse.

He has a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable parties and those with problems relating to alcohol/substance misuse or with learning difficulties/mental health.

Michael Batt's Public Law Children Cases

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

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

Articles by Michael Batt

A Reminder of the Need to Robustly Stand Up to Judical Pressure and the Important Distinction Between Sections 31 & 38 of the Children Act 1989

Re G (Children: Fair Hearing). [2019] EWCA Civ 126 On the first of these two issues this was a procedural appeal against interim care orders by a mother who stated that she was subjected to improper judicial pressure that led to orders being granted without opposition by her. The appeal was heard by Lord Justice Continue reading

Public Law Update – November 2018

CHILDREN & SOCIAL WORK ACT 2017 This Act received Royal Assent on 27.04.17 and, although most of it is not yet in force (except section 10 and Schedule 1, which deals with placement in secure accommodation outside England and Wales) Chapter 1, section 1 of the Act is a helpful reminder of the following “corporate Continue reading

Michael Batt's Testimonials for Public Law Children

“Both yourself and counsel have been very helpful. The service received has been very efficient”

Mrs W from solicitors instructing Michael Batt – May 19

“Mr Batt was as ever helpful and efficient. It is very helpful to receive prompt feedback from counsel after a hearing which I can always rely on Mr. Batt to provide.”

Miss W from Solicitors instructing Mike Batt – March 19

“Counsel was, as usual, fully available to us throughout the duration of the case, by telephone and email.  He explained everything clearly to a client, who had considerable difficulties, and obtained instructions from a client, who might have been perceived by others to have an ambivalent approach to the proceedings due to his difficulties.  He reported promptly by telephone post each hearing and provided detailed attendance notes.  He was fully committed throughout to securing the best outcome for the client possible.  Even other parties in the case commented on the level of legal representation that father received.

I have of course used Counsel in a number of cases and have always been extremely pleased with the level of representation and care provided by him to his professional and lay client.”

Ms C from Solicitors Instructing Michael Batt – August 17

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Mike regularly represents parents and extended family members in children-related family matters in the local Magistrates and County Courts.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of private law children matters including applications for child arrangement orders (previously residence/contact) parental responsibility, specific issue and prohibited steps orders. Mike also has a particular interest in cases involving removal from the jurisdiction.

He has a particular interest in representing grandparents and other extended family members who are anxious to either be able to see or look after their grandchildren or other relatives.

Michael Batt's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Removal from the Jurisdiction

Mike acted for a mother and stepfather of three children in a complex case involving: applications for a Child Arrangement Order a Parental Responsibility Order to the step father discharge of Parental Responsibility for the natural father of one of the three children change of surname removal from the jurisdiction to relocate to Australia. The Continue reading

Articles by Michael Batt

Michael Batt's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“Thanks ever so much for your attendance note and for such a great result.  I
really appreciate this and I know Mr E is delighted.”

Ms U from Instructing Solicitors using Michael Batt – July 16

“Thank you for all your hard work and guidance with these matters. This has been a very difficult time and your advise and effort is vastly appreciated by us all. We are very pleased with what you have managed to achieve given the opposition!!

We wish you all the best and are greatly indebted to you.”

Mr S Instructing Michael Batt through Solicitors – February 16