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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Chambers warmly welcomes Ian Darcy as a tenant.

Magdalen Chambers are delighted to announce that Ian Darcy has joined chambers as a tenant from January 2023. Ian, who was formerly an In-House solicitor, is a welcome addition to the Chambers specialist Civil Team practising predominantly in Regulatory, Public [...]

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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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Russell James appointed as a District Judge

The King has appointed Russell James to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of [...]

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Andrew Worthley appointed as a District Judge

The King has appointed Andrew Worthley to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Dominic Raab MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of [...]

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – 2022 Opening Times

Members and Clerks wish you are a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We wish you a very prosperous 2023! Fri 23rd December – 8.30am – 5.30pm Mon 26th December – Closed Tues 27th December - Closed Weds 28th [...]

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Exeter – The Great Legal Quiz 30th November 2022

We are delighted to co host the quiz with Devon and Somerset Law Society and award wining Devon CILEx Branch. Also supporting a local business, the quiz will be held at 1 Guinea Street, Exeter, EX1 1BS. Doors open at [...]

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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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Boundary dispute – Tanya Jones obtains final mandatory injunction in trespass claim.

Tanya Jones, instructed by WBW Solicitors, represented the successful Claimant at a hearing by obtaining a final mandatory injunction against the Defendants. The Claim concerned a boundary dispute between two neighbouring properties whereby one neighbour had taken down a boundary [...]

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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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Chambers welcome new tenants Tanya Jones and Ella White

We are delighted that Tanya and Ella have accepted tenancy with chambers. They both have bright futures ahead of them and we look forward to seeing their practices develop. Russell James, Joint Head of Chambers and Tanya supervisor comments "Tanya [...]

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David Campbell – Civil Mediator

David is a Registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council and authorised to conduct Community, Civil and Commercial mediations. David bolsters Chambers Mediation Team who enjoy the benefit of our own Meditation suite in chambers. Contact the Civil Clerks for [...]

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Chambers welcomes two new Pupils

Members and clerks are delighted to welcome Lewis Jukes and Lauren Garner-Jackson who are both starting their specialist pupillages in October 2022. Lewis is undertaking a specialist Civil Pupillage under the supervision of Russell James and Charles Cooper, whilst Lauren [...]

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Carol Mashembo appointed as a District Judge

The King has appointed Carol Mashembo to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Brandon Lewis CBE MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett [...]

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Russell James is ranked at Leading Junior for another year by Legal 500 – 2023

Chambers congratulates Russell for his continued success being ranked by Legal 500. Property and Construction Tier 2: ‘Russell has exceptional knowledge of the legislation relating to homelessness and housing. He is very organised, and provides detailed and thorough advice.' [...]

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Natasha Bellinger continues to be ranked as Leading Junior by the Legal 500 – 2023

Chambers would like to congratulate Natasha on her continued success as Leading Junior. Leading Juniors: Property and Construction Tier 2: Natasha Bellinger - Property and Construction Tier 2 - 'A courageous and responsive advocate.' [...]

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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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Christopher Naish ranked as Leading Junior for a successive year by Legal 500 – 2023

Members of Chambers congratulate Christopher Naish on another year of being ranked by Legal 500. Leading juniors: Child Law (Public and Private): Tier 1 - Christopher Naish - Magdalen Chambers 'An expert in his field, with great technical knowledge and [...]

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