Russell James appointed as a Deputy District Judge

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

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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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Natasha Bellinger appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel

Chambers are delighted to congratulate Natasha Bellinger on her appointment to the Attorney General’s Panel of Civil Counsel (Regional C Panel) with effect from 1 March 2020.  Natasha has a range of experience in general civil litigation, including contract, landlord [...]

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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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NON-PARTY COSTS ORDERS: PRINCIPLE AND PROCEDURE

Charles Shwenn a member of our Civil Team recently delivered a well received seminar on this topic. Click on the link for his seminar notes. Non-party Costs Orders- Principle and Procedure - Charles Shwenn [...]

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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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Eviction, Unlawful Eviction & Covid-19

Recent media reports and social media excerpts suggest there has been an increase in attempts by landlords during the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis to evict their tenants including one national report of a landlord attempting to evict a paramedic by [...]

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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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Appealing a Homelessness Decision Out of Time: A Welcome Sense of Realism Injected by the Court of Appeal in an Age of Legal Aid Advice Deserts

On 30 January 2020 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in an important case concerned with bringing a homelessness appeal pursuant to section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 after the 21 day time limit prescribed. The decision is Al [...]

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Christmas and New Year opening times 2019/2020

Monday, 23 December - 8.30am - 6.00pm Tuesday, 24 December - 9.00am - 4.00pm Wednesday, 25 December - Closed Thursday, 26December - Closed Friday, 27 December - Closed Monday, 30 December - 9.00am - 4.00pm Tuesday, 31 December - 9.00am [...]

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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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Gavin Collett continues with success by being ranked by Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Gavin Collett on his ranking in the Planning - Western (Bar) by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Band 2). Gavin is well regarded for his expertise in planning law, with particular specialist knowledge in highways and rights [...]

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Nigel Moore is ranked again by Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Nigel Moore on his ranking in the Employment - Western (Bar) by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Band 3). Nigel was called to the Bar after a number of years practising as a solicitor, and has [...]

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Carol Mashembo celebrates success with further rankings in Chambers and Partners 2020.

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Carol Mashembo on her ranking in the Family/Matrimonial Department for Western (Bar) by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Band 2). Carol has a diverse family practice encompassing cohabitation disputes, financial remedies and private children law. She [...]

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Christopher Naish celebrates further success with ranking in Chambers and Partners 2020.

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Christopher Naish on his ranking in the Family/Matrimonial Department for Western (Bar) by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Band 1). Christopher maintains a broad practice, acting for guardians, parents and local authorities on private and public [...]

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Rupert Chapman celebrates further success with ranking in Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Rupert Chapman on his ranking in the Family/Matrimonial Department for Western (Bar) by Chambers and Partners 2020 (Band 2). Rupert is recognised for his expert handling of cases involving complex matrimonial finance disputes and private [...]

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Consecrated ground: whose vault is it?

An interesting article for New Law Journal jointly written by Kate Harrington with Charles Auld New Law Journal - Consecrated ground: whose vault is it? [...]

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Parental consent and the deprivation of liberty of 16 and 17 year old children

On 26 September the Supreme Court gave judgement In the matter of D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42. The case considers the scope of parental responsibility to consent to the living arrangements for children which would otherwise amount to a [...]

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Chambers celebrates further success with rankings in Chambers and Partners 2020

We are proud and delighted to announce that Chambers continues in it’s success being recognised by Chambers and Partners 2020. Five members have also been individually ranked together with recognition for the clerking team for client service “The clerks are [...]

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Rupert Chapman Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Rupert Chapman on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Child Law. Rupert, who is joint Head of Chambers with Nigel Moore, [...]

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Susan Campbell QC Ranked As A Leading Silk On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Susan Campbell QC on her ranking as a leading silk on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Children Law. Susan joined chambers as a full member in 2019, [...]

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Christopher Naish Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Christopher Naish on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Family and Child Law. Our Head of Chambers until earlier this year, Chris is [...]

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Gavin Collett Ranked Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate Gavin Collett on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Construction, Planning and Environment Law. A leading member of our civil team, Gavin is [...]

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William Hopkin Ranked As A Leading Junior On The Western Circuit By The Legal 500

Chambers is delighted to congratulate William Hopkin on his ranking as a leading junior on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery Law. Part of our broad and busy civil team, [...]

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Magdalen Chambers Ranked as Leading Set by the Legal 500 2020

We are delighted to announce that chambers has once again been recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading set on the Western Circuit, and that nine members of chambers have been individually ranked in their areas of expertise. Chambers [...]

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** Save The Date ** Financial Remedies Seminar – Tuesday 5th November 2019 – Exeter

Members of our Family Finance Team are delighted to announce we will be running an informative and interactive full day seminar on Financial Remedies. Topics will include:- Pensions on Divorce Matrimonial and Non-matrimonial Property When things go wrong Case Law [...]

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We are Recruiting!!

With our recent celebrations of Part-Time Judicial appointments we are recruiting!! We offer a progressive attitude, friendly and efficient clerking team. We promote a positive work life balance in the beautiful South West and promote wellbeing which is recognised by [...]

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Elizabeth Willsteed appointed as Family Recorder

Chambers are delighted to announce Elizabeth is one of the 159 Recorders appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, The Right Honourable Robert Buckland QC MP, and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The [...]

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Recent Amendments to Practice Direction 28A and the Costs Consequences of Open Offers to Settle in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Recent amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Direction 28A (PD28A) have helped clarify the Court’s approach to costs in financial remedy proceedings where one party has failed to engage reasonably in negotiations. The relevant parts of Rule 28.3 have [...]

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Court of Appeal Gives Judgment in Livewest v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in Livewest v Bamber [2019] EWCA Civ 1174 - a case concerned with whether or not 6 months notice is required to end a fixed term tenancy by the use of a [...]

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