Emma Cross Barrister

Reunification with no findings

Earlier this month, Mrs Justice Judd delivered her judgment in A County Council v L and Others [2024] EWFC 120. The case is a good example of where reunification and the end of proceedings is possible; even in situations where [...]

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Chambers welcomes two new Pupils

Members and clerks are delighted to welcome Phoebe Mitchell and Vincent Mulcock who both started their specialist pupillages in April 2024.. Phoebe is undertaking a specialist Family Pupillage under the supervision of William Hillier whilst Vincent is undertaking a specialist [...]

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Tom Urwin part of the successful team in The High Court of Justice – Family Division

The Incorporated Trustees of Great Calling Ministries Worldwide v Auguster Omonigho Irabor & Anor Tom Urwin was part of the team Led by Brent Molyneux KC and with Joseph Switalski of 29 Bedford Row, successfully resisted an appeal in a [...]

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Usmaan Siddiqui

Family Second Six Pupil Usmaan Siddiqui is accepting instructions.

We are pleased to announce that Usmaan is ‘on his feet’ and is accepting instructions. During his First Six, Usmaan has shadowed most members of the family team in financial remedy, private children, care, and TOLATA cases. He has attended [...]

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Bethany Wright

Family Second Six Pupil Bethany Wright is accepting instructions.

We are pleased to announce that Bethany is ‘on her feet’ and is accepting instructions. During her First Six, Bethany has shadowed most members of the family team in financial remedy, private children, care, and TOLATA cases. She has attended [...]

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Places available- High Conflict Children Cases Conference – 14th May 2024 – Exeter

Due to some last minute changes from In person attendance to virtual we have some places available.  Hosted by our Head of Family Christian Gape Tuesday 14th May 20249.30am-4:30pm Mercure Southgate Hotel, Southernhay, Exeter(Full day in person and virtual via [...]

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Chambers is celebrating International Women’s Day – 2024

International Women's day is celebrated on 8th March each year and was founded by Clara Zetkin in 1910 with the first day being held on 19 March 1911. Member, Clerks and Pupils celebrate those who work with passion and dedication [...]

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Tom Urwin appointed Deputy District Judge – Magdalen Chambers

Chambers are delighted to congratulate Tom Urwin on his appointment by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy District Judge appointed to the Western Circuit. Tom will also continue to accept instructions in his specialist areas of matrimonial finance disputes [...]

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Jennifer Smith – Parental Responsibility and Declarations of Non-Parentage: A Non-Biological Father named on a Child’s Birth Certificate.

Parental responsibility is a concept applicable to all private and public law children cases, but what happens when a non-biological father has acquired parental responsibility by being named on the birth certificate as the child’s father? There are circumstances in [...]

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Care Conference with the theme of Non Accidental Injury – Thursday 14th March – Plymouth

    Thursday 14th March 2024 9.30am-4:30pm Duke of Cornwall Hotel, PlymouthWe are delighted to announce the date of our Care Conference with the theme of Non Accidental Injury and fact-finding hearings in care proceedings. Hosted by our Head of Family Christian Gape Susan Campbell KCJennifer SmithEmma [...]

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Rachel Bennett accepts Direct (Public) Access Instructions

Rachel has undertaken the Bar Standards Board approved training course and can now accept instructions in Family Law, further enhancing our qualified team. Rachel is an experienced family law Barrister with a particular expertise and interest in cases where neurodiversity [...]

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Chambers welcomes four new Pupils

We are delighted to welcome four new pupils who commenced their pupillages on 16th October 2023. From left to right Usmaan Siddiqui is undertaking a specialist Family Pupillage under the supervision of Christian Gape and Paul Bitmead. Katie Elford is [...]

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Chambers welcomes new tenants Lewis and Lauren

After successful completion of their 12 month pupillages with Chambers, we are delighted to report that Lewis Jukes and Lauren Garner-Jackson have accepted tenancy with us.  Lewis has had a fantastic start in all areas of civil practice with a [...]

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Emma Cross Barrister

Emma Cross celebrates being ranked by the Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates Emma on being ranked as Rising Star - Family: Children And Domestic Violence Emma is technically very astute. She is able to spot niche points of law and plan accordingly. Her advocacy is calm and controlled but powerful. [...]

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William Hillier celebrates being ranked by the Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates William on being Ranked for Family: Divorce And Financial Remedy in this years edition of Legal 500. 'William is a bold and strong advocate. He is forthright and achieves good results. He is also good with clients and [...]

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Rupert Chapman ranked as Leading Junior for a successive year by Legal 500 – 2024

Chambers congratulates Rupert Chapman for being rank by Legal 500 – Family: Divorce And Financial Remedy ‘Rupert has a forensic grasp of detail – he masters the details of a case like no other and makes very complicated cases seem [...]

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The impact of the Financial Crisis on Divorce

For several months now, families have been feeling the pressure of the financial crisis. As inflation rises, the cost of living has rocketed, and the country is on the brink of another recession. One area that has not escaped the [...]

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Parental Alienation: The North / South Pole Divide…

Parental Alienation is a concept which continues to occupy the thoughts of academics, lawyers, judges and almost every other kind of professional who works within the Family Justice System. The spectrum of thoughts and beliefs could not be starker, and [...]

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Children Conference – Domestic Violence And Coercive  Control – 16th May 2023

Booking for Virtual Attendance is still available Tuesday 16th May 20239.30am-4:30pmMercure Southgate Hotel, Southernhay, Exeter We are delighted to announce our annual Children Law Conference. Dr Sue Candy - Psychology AssociatesPaul Hunter - Forensic Testing Services LtdProf Marianne Hester - [...]

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Family Second Six Pupil Lauren Garner-Jackson is accepting instructions

We are pleased to announce that Lauren is ‘on her feet’ and is accepting instructions. During her First Six, Lauren has shadowed most members of the family team in financial remedy, private children, care, and TOLATA cases. She has attended [...]

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Striking out family applications

SS – v – RS [2023] EWFC 32 (Fam) Under FPR rule 4.4 the Court has power to strike out “a statement of case” (a) which discloses no reasonable grounds for bringing or defending the application; (b) which is an [...]

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Jane Smith and Emma Cross deliver Advocacy Skills Workshop

On 27 February 2023, Jane Smith and Emma Cross delivered an advocacy skills workshop to junior and senior lawyers at Devon County Council. The interactive workshop focussed on hearings in public law children cases with Jane and Emma sharing their [...]

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We are delighted to announce Zara Walker has joined as a Tenant

Chambers members and clerks are delighted to welcome Zara to our busy family team. Zara joined chambers in February 2023 having enjoyed a varied practice at the independent Bar, across a number of different areas ranging from crime to human [...]

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Chambers warmly welcomes Catherine Heyworth KC as Door Tenant

Members and Clerks welcome Catherine as she joins our very busy family team as Door Tenant. Catherine has built a reputation as a highly accomplished advocate in Wales. Now in silk she is extending her reputation to England. A great [...]

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Re C (Parental Alienation: Instruction of Expert) [2023] EWHC 345 (Fam): An Analysis

On 21st February 2023, the President of the Family Division handed down a widely anticipated judgment on the issue of instruction of experts, and in particular the instruction of experts in proceedings where there is an allegation of parental alienation. [...]

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FAMILY COURT SKILLS WORKSHOPS – Exeter and Plymouth

Exeter Law Courts – Wednesday 18th January – 5.00pm – 6.00pm Plymouth Magistrates Court, Thursday 2nd February 5.00pm – 6.00pm Are you about to start taking part in family hearings? Easing back into attended hearings? Getting the jitters about what [...]

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Magdalen barristers deliver Advocacy Skills Workshop

On 25 October 2022, William Hillier and Emma Cross delivered an advocacy skills workshop to junior lawyers at Somerset County Council. The interactive workshop focussed on court hearings in Court of Protection and Care proceedings with William and Emma sharing [...]

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Sarah Evans celebrates further success being ranked by Chambers and Partners – 2023

"Sarah Evans is a highly experienced children law barrister with particular expertise in complex children disputes. She is a children's arbitrator and sits as a deputy district judge." [...]

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Rupert Chapman

Rupert Chapman celebrates another successful year being ranked by Chambers and Partners – 2023

Band 2 "Rupert Chapman is recognised 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." [...]

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Christopher Naish celebrates another successful ranking by Chambers and Partners – 2023

Members of chambers congratulates Christopher for his continued success in his legal field. "Christopher Naish maintains a broad practice, acting for parents and local authorities on private and public children law matters, as well as being able to handle complex [...]

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Chambers congratulates Susan Campbell KC on her Chambers and Partners 2023 ranking

Members of chambers celebrate with Susan on her continued success with her Band 1 ranking. "Susan Campbell KC has extensive expertise in public and private children matters. She is particularly well regarded for her experience in cases involving injuries to [...]

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Chambers Family Team celebrate Chambers and Partners Ranking – 2023

We are delighted to be recognised in Band 3 for a fourth successive year. "Magdalen Chambers is a highly rated set with experienced money and children practitioners. Barristers here are often instructed in complex financial disputes concerning businesses, shared property and [...]

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Financial Remedies – It Doesn’t Have To Be Taxing – 8th November – There is still time to book your place now!

Members of Chambers will be joined by guest speakers His Honour Judge Mitchell Sofia Thomas – Thomas Consulting Rachel Fowler – Charles Stanley Wealth Managers Paul Russell – Charles Stanley Wealth Managers Heather Britton – Francis Clark George Mathieson - [...]

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Emma Cross Barrister

Emma Cross recognised by Legal 500 as a Rising Star -2023

Child Law (Public and Private):  'Emma is a pragmatic, sensible and safe pair of hands. She combines a warm attitude with a high intellect and can always be trusted to get to the heart of a matter. Her cross-examination is [...]

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Rupert Chapman ranked as Leading Junior for a successive year by Legal 500 – 2023

Leading Juniors (Divorce and Financial Remedy): Tier 2 - Rupert Chapman - 'His attention to detail, particularly in highly technical cases, is formidable. He is approachable, and exceptionally good with clients.' [...]

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Carol Mashembo ranked as Leading Junior for a successive year by Legal 500 – 2023

Chambers congratulates Carol Mashembo on her ranking for another year by Legal 500. Tier 2 - Child Law (Public & Private) 'Carol is an exceptional advocate. She is polished, calm and tireless and excels at cross-examination. She is meticulous in [...]

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