Emma Cross Barrister

Supreme Court – Re H-W (Children): Proportionality of Care Orders

In a judgement published on 15 June 2022, the Supreme Court determined key issues regarding the making of Care Orders in H-W (Children); H-W (Children) (No 2) [2022] UKSC 17 (Re H-W). The full judgment is available here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2021-0196-judgment.pdf This [...]

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Emma Cross Barrister

K v K and guidance from the President on private law fact-finding hearings: More clarity for courts and practitioners in the post-Re H-N era

In the year since Re H-N (seminal case regarding PD12J, domestic abuse and fact-finding hearings), there have been a series of decisions in the higher courts which have helped to shape and define the original decision. In more recent times, [...]

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Emma Cross Barrister

Chambers Family Team welcomes Emma Cross

Members and clerks of chambers are delighted to welcome Emma as a tenant of chambers. Emma is a dedicated and driven family barrister specialising in public and private children law disputes. She regularly appears in person and online in courts [...]

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Family Second Six Pupil Ella White is accepting Instructions

We are pleased to announce that Ella has commenced her second six period within her pupillage specialising in the area of family Law. During her first-six, she has had the benefit of shadowing most members of the family team in [...]

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Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and others.

The President has given guidance as to the impact of breaches of the AAR 2005 on placement and adoption orders, and any potential routes to challenge such orders when breaches have occurred. Background: In May 2021 it was identified that [...]

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Somerset County Council -v- NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

The President has handed down his eagerly awaited judgment at the conclusion of the Somerset County Council Adoption Agency Regulations breaches litigation. Following procedural breaches relating to the proper preparation of child permanency reports coming to the attention of the [...]

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Soft Loans in Financial Remedy Proceedings – Raiding the Bank of Mum and Dad

Informal loans are a regular part of Financial Remedy proceedings. It is extremely common to read a party’s Form E and see substantial loans from friends or family towards legal fees or family expenses including the family home or business. [...]

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Parent Alienation Conference – Tuesday 10th May 2022 – last date for in person attendance booking

Postponed from April 2020, we are delighted to announce our conference at Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter. This full day event will be in person with the option of virtual attendance. We have our highly experienced members of the family team [...]

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Legality of placements orders under the Adoption Agency Regulations 2005

Somerset County Council v NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group & Anor [2021] EWHC 3004: Elizabeth Willsteed appeared as part of the team representing the Guardians for the 10 children in this decision concerning the legality of placement orders made on [...]

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*WE ARE RECRUITING*

If you are a member of the Bar seeking to leave the city hustle and bustle aside and relocate to practice in the scenic South West, we want to hear from you! Magdalen Chambers is one of the largest sets [...]

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Chambers welcomes two new Pupils

We are delighted to welcome Ella White and Tanya Jones as they start their pupillage with chambers this month. Ella will undertake a specialist Family pupillage under the supervision of Elizabeth Willsteed and Tanya will undertake a specialist Civil pupillage [...]

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Many congratulations to Sarah Evans for being ranked by Chamber and Partners

Sarah EvansHighly experienced children law barrister with particular expertise in complex children disputes. She is a children's arbitrator and sits as a deputy district judge.Strengths: "She is very good with clients. She can also adjust her style to suit the [...]

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Many congratulations to Carol Mashembo for another year being ranked by Chambers & Partners

Carol MashemboExperienced family barrister with strong experience in high-value financial relief proceedings arising from divorce and often involving businesses, shared property and non-matrimonial assets. She has additional expertise in private children matters.Strengths: "She is realistic in her advice and tough in [...]

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Rupert Chapman

Chambers congratulates our Joint Head of Chambers on his Chambers & Partners Ranking

Rupert ChapmanRecognised for his expert handling of cases involving complex matrimonial finance disputes and private law children matters. Many of his cases straddle multiple jurisdictions around the world.Strengths: "His advice is clear and he makes a difficult subject easy for the client to understand in [...]

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Chambers congratulates Christopher Naish on another year of ranking by Chambers & Partners

Christopher NaishMaintains a broad practice, acting for parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex financial remedy cases. He advises on cases with allegations of fabricated or induced illness [...]

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Chambers congratulates Susan Campbell QC on Chambers and Partners Ranking

Susan Campbell QCHas extensive expertise in public and private children matters. She is particularly well regarded for her experience on cases involving injuries to children. She handles significant issues related to neglect, sexual abuse and emotional harm."She is very approachable [...]

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Excellent client feedback for Carol Mashembo in a Financial Remedy case

"Thanks again for your quality of service... the guidance you gave on the relevant legal issue was a game changer. The case summary and how you delivered it was so compelling, it just didn’t leave the judge any room for confusion”. [...]

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FINANCIAL REMEDIES IN A CHANGED WORLD – 9th November 2021, Exeter

We would be delighted to welcome you to join us for a very informative day with our guests Francis Clark LLP & Drew Pearce. We will be exploring Financial Remedies following Brexit and Covid 19. Please follow the link for [...]

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Financial Remedies in a Changed World – SAVE THE DATE. 9th November

Full day seminar Tuesday 9th November 2021 Joining members of our Finance Team are guest speakers. Southgate Mercure Hotel, Southernhay, Exeter. Program and booking details with be available shortly -- register interest by emailing events@magdalenchambers.co.uk [...]

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Susan Campbell QC ranked as Leading Silk by the Legal 500 2022

Members of Chambers are delighted to congratulate Susan Campbell QC on another successful year and being ranked by Legal 500. Child Law (Public & Private) - Susan has a seemingly intrinsic ability to not only hone in on pivotal issues [...]

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Elizabeth Willsteed represents Respondent Children by their Children’s Guardian

Re:N [2021] EWCA Civ 785 Elizabeth Willsteed represents Respondent Children by their Children's Guardian in Appellant Mother's Appeal held 21st May 2021. Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Approved Judgment [...]

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Domestic Abuse in the Family Courts: A Changing Landscape?

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in 4 joined cases considering the approach of the Family Court to the issue of domestic abuse. In a case that attracted substantial comment in the media, and which was live tweeted [...]

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We welcome Liberty Crawford as a tenant of chambers.

Members and clerks of chambers are delighted to congratulate Liberty following the successful completion of her specialist family law pupillage and we welcome her as a tenant of chambers. Christian Gape, Head of the Family Team:- "Liberty has very quickly [...]

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Chambers continued success with rankings in Chambers and Partners 2021

Chambers are thrilled to achieve success for another year having been recognised by Chambers and Partners 2021. Over three areas of law, Employment, Family and Planning, six members have also been individually ranked together with recognition for the clerking team. [...]

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Magdalen Chambers ranked as Leading Set by the Legal 500 2021

Magdalen Chambers is delighted once again to be  recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading set on the Western Circuit in the Legal 500 UK Bar Guide 2021, with eight members of chambers individually ranked in their areas of [...]

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Rupert Chapman appointed Deputy District Judge

Chambers is delighted to congratulate our Joint Head of Chambers, Rupert Chapman on his appointment by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy District Judge appointed to the Western Circuit. Rupert will also continue to accept instructions in his specialist [...]

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Carol Mashembo appointed Deputy District Judge

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Carol Mashembo on her appointment by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy District Judge appointed to the Western Circuit. Carol will also continue to accept instructions in her specialist area of Family Finance, Tolata [...]

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Family pupil Liberty Crawford is on her feet.

We are delighted to announce that Liberty has successfully completed her specialist family first six pupillage. She has now entered into her second six months and is able to accept instructions. Liberty has been fully trained to use the main [...]

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Private FDR – Frequently Asked Questions – Covid 19 and beyond

Given the understandable delays in the Court system brought on by the Covid-19 crisis we have seen an unprecedented number of enquiries about our Private FDR service.  Even more so following the encouragement of the judiciary both locally Financial Remedy [...]

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Local Authority’s duty to promote contact between a child in their care and relevant parties under section 34 of the Children Act 1989: Covid-19 Guidance

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak (‘Covid-19’), there has been little guidance as to whether Local Authorities have the ability to suspend contact between a child in their care and parties who have a right to contact with that [...]

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Financial remedy work during the lockdown

Hot off the press from Devon’s Financial Remedy Judges is a protocol for dealing with Financial Remedy work during the current public health emergency. It provides that: FDAs currently listed will remain in the list as telephone hearings. New FDAs [...]

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Have you had your court hearing about your children adjourned or cancelled because of Covid-19? Do you need a decision now about your child?

There is an alternative which is quicker and more economical than the court, and is legally binding. It is called the Children’s Arbitration Scheme. Specially qualified children specialists are able to make legally binding decisions under this scheme which have [...]

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Financial Remedies and Covid-19 – the Brave New World of Remote Hearings

Harold Wilson supposedly said that a week is a long time in politics, well it seems an even longer time in Family Law lately. Traditional ways of conducting litigation that have been taken for granted for decades (if not centuries) [...]

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Local Authority’s duty to carry out inspection of Children’s homes under s80 of the Children Act 1989: Covid-19 Guidance

Local Authority’s duty to carry out inspection of Children’s homes under s80 of the Children Act 1989: Covid-19 Guidance In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak (‘Covid-19’), there has been little guidance as to what social workers should do when [...]

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Pupillage Applications are now open with a deadline of 4.00pm14th February 2020

Chambers applications for two pupils one family and one civil law are now open with a view to the successful candidates commencing their pupillage in October 2020. The details and application can be found with the following link. Bar Council [...]

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Family Law barrister Tony Ward retires after 48 years in practice

After a distinguished 48 year career at the bar, Tony announced his retirement from practice on 31st October 2019. A family law specialist, Tony developed an outstanding financial practice within divorce, cohabitation, and under Schedule I of the Children Act. [...]

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