Family - Children (Private Law)
Rupert is regularly involved in complex private law children cases including issues of international relocation, child abduction and domestic or sexual abuse. Rupert’s cases often involve multiple parties, including rule 16(4) guardians and international issues.
Rupert specialises in financial remedy proceedings and appears in all levels of the family court and the Court of Appeal, representing clients of both high net worth and more modest means.
Rupert’s financial remedy practice includes applications for relief on divorce, following foreign divorce and for financial support for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act, as well as cases involving domestic and international enforcement of orders. Rupert has acted in cases involving complex business assets, farms, foreign resident parties and foreign assets (including offshore trusts) and third party interests.
Rupert has developed an expertise in cases involving the Child Support Agency, regularly appearing in the Child Support Tribunals and in the Magistrates Courts in cases involving the enforcement of child support. He provides advocacy as well as written and oral advice for a range of clients in such cases and has presented a number of seminars on the subject.
Court of Protection
Rupert is experienced in conducting cases in the Court of Protection in proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and involving the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. He acts for local authorities, family members, personal representatives and for the person concerned and deals with all areas relating to vulnerable adults.
Rupert has appeared in matters involving issues arising from Deprivations of Liberty, the appointment of Deputies and the protection of vulnerable adults with capacity under the inherent jurisdiction. He regularly presents seminars on issues in this field
Wills Trusts and Probate
Rupert has extensive experience in claims between cohabitees under TOLATA 1996, including cases involving issues of bankruptcy and mortgage fraud both at County Court level and in the Chancery Division. Cases have involved multiple parties, farming and business issues.
His practice also includes proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and proceedings in the chancery division in relation to family trusts (seeking remedies from trusts in support of children).
Dubarry v Dubarry (2002) All ER (D) 207.
H v O (Contempt of Court: Sentencing) (2005) 2 FLR 329.
K v W (2007) All ER (D) 145
Re D (2010) EWCA 50 (appeared at first instance only, relocation application).
Re K (Children) (2012) EWCA Civ 1549.
Williams v Minnock and another (2015) All ER (D) 162, (2015) All ER (D)174, (2015) All ER (D)176
Re G (A Child) (2015) EWHC 2941 (Fam) (International abduction)
Re L and B (Children)(Specific Issue: Temporary Leave to Remove from the Jurisdiction; Circumcision) (2016) EWHC 849 (Fam)
- Family Law Bar Association
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association.
- Western Circuit
- LLB (Exeter) BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
- Appointment as a Fee-paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal assigned to the Social Entitlement Chamber.
Rupert is a co-author of Applications Under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 (Lexis Nexis) and regularly writes articles and presents seminars on a wide range of topics
Rupert lives in Devon with his wife and two children. He is an avid follower of Formula 1 racing and cricket and enjoys off-road cycling, golf and walking on Dartmoor in his spare time.
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