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 joined Chambers after the successful completion of her pupillage, and is developing a broad practice within Becket Chambers’ core areas. She accepts instructions in 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 with a particular focus on personal injury and landlord and tenant matters. Lavinia is regularly instructed in small and fast track claims. 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 though to the Final Hearing.
She has also been instructed by the Home Office in civil forfeiture and condemnation proceedings. Lavinia has appeared in the Crown Court on behalf of the Director of Border Revenue.
She is known for her ability to put clients at ease with her personal and professional approach, and is highly competent in both processing large amounts of information and explaining it to her clients in a clear and concise way.
Lavinia volunteers at Kent Law Clinic to help those who struggle to access legal aid, and has previously participated in the CLOCK initiative founded by Canterbury Christ Church University.
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.
Law with history (Canterbury Christ Church University), Bar Professional Training Course (Northumbria Law School)