*** Save the Date *** – High Conflict Children Cases Conference – 14th May 2024 – Exeter

We are delighted to announce the date of our annual Children Conference with this years theme being High Conflict Children Cases.. Hosted by our Head of Family Christian Gape Members of our family Team will be joined by guest speakers. [...]

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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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Olivia Young joins the Clerking Team

Chambers is delighted to welcome a new addition to our clerking team, Olivia Young. Olivia has joined us from another Chambers, where she has 4 years experience of clerking family direct access cases. Olivia has over 20 years’ experience in [...]

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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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Mental Health Tribunal success for Tanya Jones resulting in client being discharged from their sectioning.

Tanya Jones was instructed by Rebecca Moore of Coodes Solicitors to represent their client in an application to the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health).  The client had been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (admission for assessment). [...]

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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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The Matrimonial Causes Act – 50 years on – Tuesday 7th November 2023

Members of our Financial Family Team will be joined by specialists in this area to include His Honour Judge MitchellBen Lee, Anderson - Crypto Currencies (an update)Prab Singh, 55 Plus - Later life, Divorce FinanceGeorge Mathieson - How to avoid [...]

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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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Tanya Jones successfully appeals against a possession order resulting in the claim being dismissed.

Tanya Jones was instructed on behalf of the Appellant in an appeal where it was averred the court had erred in its decision to grant the Respondent possession. The grounds of appeal were firstly that the notice to quit, entitling [...]

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Charles Murray appointed as District Judge

District Judge Appointment: Murray 29 September 2023 |Announcements The King has appointed Charles Murray to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Alex Chalk KC MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England [...]

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Charles Cooper – Civil/Commercial Mediator

Charles trained as a Civil/Commercial Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) accredited Society of Mediators. As a Barrister Mediator he is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and covered by professional indemnity insurance. Charles bolsters Chambers Mediation Team who [...]

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Chambers Celebrates 10 years since Merger

Members and Clerks were very honored to welcome special guests, clients and friends, one of whom is the current Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councilor Kevin Mitchell to enjoy an evening of Fizz, Canapes and Great Music to the Exeter Castle [...]

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Trusts Newsletter – Summer 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 6 months:- Trusts Tax Wills Probate PROBATE, WILLS - Boult v. Rees [2023] EWHC 147 (Ch) The evidence of an experienced Solicitor was held to provide 'only limited support' in assessing [...]

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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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Congratulations to Recorder Andrew Worthley

Chambers are delighted to congratulate our previous member, District Judge Andrew Worthley for being appointed as a Family Recorder, The King has appointed 163 Recorders on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Alex Chalk KC MP, and [...]

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Access to Justice in the South West 2023: Responding to crisis     

8 June 2023 - in person10:00-17:00Reed Hall, University of Exeter, Streatham Drive, Exeter EX4 4QR Full programme and booking The cost-of-living crisis is impacting people’s lives with marginalised communities affected disproportionately. This event is about responding to this crisis in [...]

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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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Civil Second Six Pupil Lewis Jukes is accepting Instructions

We are pleased to announce that Lewis has commenced his second six period within his pupillage specialising in the area of Civil Law. During his first-six, Lewis has shadowed members of the Civil Team across all areas of Chambers’ expertise, [...]

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Congratulations to the Award winning Community Law Clinic – University of Exeter

Chambers is very proud to offer our congratulations to the Clinic for being joint winners of the Legal Category of the Exeter Living Awards, an accolade they share with Stephens Scown Solicitors. In an effort to fill the gap left [...]

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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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Successful constructive dismissal claim for Tanya Jones

 Tanya Jones was instructed to act for the Claimant in respect of their Constructive Dismissal, Whistleblowing Detriment and Discrimination arising from disability claims against the Respondent.   The Claimant did not have the required 2 years’ service to claim ordinary unfair [...]

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Natasha Bellinger elected as Joint Head of Chambers

Chambers is pleased to announce that Natasha Bellinger has been elected joint Head of Chambers, alongside Rupert Chapman, who continues in the role. Natasha’s appointment follows the elevation to the District Bench of previous joint Head of Chambers, Russell James. [...]

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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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Constructive Dismissal success for Tanya Jones

Tanya Jones was instructed by Pam Dosanjh Phillips of Spencer West LLP to act for the Claimant in respect of their Constructive Dismissal claim against the Respondent. Tanya successfully argued the last straw doctrine was enough to breach the implied [...]

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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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