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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Renters’ Reform Bill passes through the house!!

MPs voted in favour of the government's Renters' Reform Bill, Wednesday 24 April 2024, and the indefinite delay to the end of no fault evictions (s.21 notices) remains in place. The government have held off outlawing s21s until a review [...]

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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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Second Six Pupil Graeme Whitcher is accepting instructions

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

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Katie Elford

Second Six Pupil Katie Elford is accepting instructions.

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

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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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The Importance of Being Neutral

CHARLES COOPER CONSIDERS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TRUSTEES DECLARING AND MAINTAINING NEUTRALITY IN THE COURSE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS Where a trustee or personal representative is a party to legal proceedings, the general rule is that they are entitled to be paid [...]

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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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Trusts Newsletter – Winter 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 6 months:- Trusts Tax Wills Probate PROBATE, WILLS - Sangha v. Sangha [2023] EWCA Civ 660 The presumption against intestacy is 'not... enough to overcome the natural meaning of the general [...]

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Breakfast Seminar – The Intermediate Track and Fixed Recoverable Costs

Presented by Charles Shwenn we invite you to a breakfast seminar on Monday 20th November from 8.30am until 9.00am. Continental Breakfast and refreshments provided from 8.00am. [...]

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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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Medico-legal News – Autumn 2023

A digest of some interesting cases over the last 12 months:- Withdrawal of Treatment Clinical Negligence Disciplinary Inquests WITHDRAWAL OF TREATMENT - St George's NHS Trust v.Casey [2023] EWHC 2244 (Fam) When asked to declare the death of an adult, [...]

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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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