Michael Batt

Mike has extensive experience in both private law and public law cases but his practice now concentrates elusively on all aspects of public law care cases and adoption involving children, acting for parents, extended family members and the children instructed by their 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 care proceedings in the local Magistrates, County and High Courts.
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 six 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.

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 Public Law Children Cases

Representing a young child

Michael acted for the young Child in a Local Authority’s application for a care order. The Local Authority’s concerns related to drugs and alcohol use, neglect and domestic abuse between the parents, who had separated. Initially the Mother and Child were placed with relatives, but an Interim Care Order was subsequently granted and they were Continue reading

Articles by Michael Batt

Case Study N (Children: Interim Order/Stay [2020] EWCA Civ 1070

Case Study N (Children: Interim Order/Stay [2020] EWCA Civ 1070 Decision of Lord Justice Peter Jackson. A helpful reminder of some basic principles _______________________________________________________________________________________ This successful appeal by the mother was dealt with on 29 July 2020 during the current COVID 19 restrictions. The facts are not as important as the principles which were dealt Continue reading

Interim Separation During Proceedings

C (A Child) (Interim Separation) [2019] EWCA Civ 1998 (Judgement of Lord Justice, Peter Jackson) _______________________________________________________________________________________ We have all experienced cases, especially when representing a young mother who has been placed with the child, often a first child and a baby, in a mother and baby foster placement and that placement has broken down for 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