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Practice Overview

Henry was called to the bar in 2004 and joined Chambers in 2021 he is a family law specialist with particular expertise in cases with an international element. Henry has represented clients in proceedings across all levels of the court, up to and including the Court of Appeal. Henry has a strong reputation in all areas of family law, particularly in relation to his work in complex child protection cases.

  • Children (Public Law)

    Henry is an experienced child protection practitioner and has been at the forefront of a number of leading cases in this area.  Henry has particular expertise in cases which involve complex medical issues, substance misuse and cases which have a significant foreign element, including placement and adoption abroad and cases involving abduction.

    A [2019] EWFC B18

    Henry acted for the Children’s Guardian.  The Court approved the Children’s Guardian’s recommendation for the child to return to the care of the mother under the auspices of a Supervision Order.  The Judgment carefully considers the proper basis for the evaluation of risk in cases relating to past alcohol misuse and the duties of the Local Authority to identify and provide appropriate support.

    A Local Authority v D (2016) [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam)

    An issue arose in relation to the procedural basis for applying out of time for a Supervision Order. The case has changed the interpretation of the law in this area. Mostyn J accepted Henry’s submission that the Court of Appeal has wrongly interpreted the law over the last 21 years.

    Richmond London Borough Council v B, W, B and CB [2010] EWHC 2903 (Fam); [2011] 1 FLR 1345

    Care proceedings in the High Court which considered and provided guidance in relation to alcohol hair strand testing.  Moylan J provided guidance as to the reliability of hair testing to establish consumption below frequent and excessive consumption.  Henry represented the Local Authority and successfully persuaded the Court to give guidance on these issues in the public interest.

    London Borough of Brent v S [2009] EWHC 1593 (Fam)

    Henry appeared for a Local Authority in wardship proceedings in relation to a 17 year old who had no parents in the UK and wanted to travel to Pakistan to find his family. 

    Re S [2008] EWCA Civ 1652

    Henry Lamb appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to committal proceedings arising from publication of confidential material.

  • Children (Private Law)

    Henry is regularly instructed in complex private law proceedings relating to all aspects of child arrangements disputes, including ‘implacable hostility’ cases, ‘no contact’ cases and cases where there have been allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.  Henry has a particular strength in cases involving applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction and internal relocation.  Henry is regularly instructed in child abduction cases, wardship cases and adoption cases, including ones with an international element.

  • Family Finance & Property

    Henry is regularly instructed in complex financial remedy proceedings.  Henry advises and represents clients about the financial consequences of the breakdown of marriages and civil partnerships and has been involved in cases with multi-jurisdictional issues, cases involving trusts and corporate assets. Henry can also advise clients in relation to child maintenance issues, enforcement actions, foreign court orders and costs cases.

  • International Family Law

    Henry is regularly instructed in cases that have a significant international element.  Henry has a particular strength in child abduction cases, wardship cases, international adoptions and applications for leave to remove from the jurisdiction.

    London Borough of Brent v S [2009] EWHC 1593 (Fam)

    Henry appeared for a Local Authority in wardship proceedings in relation to a 17 year old who had no parents in the UK and wanted to travel to Pakistan to find his family.

  • What the Directories Say

    ‘Exceptionally good at identifying the key issues at the nub of a case. His cross-examination is focused and incisive. He is also very good with vulnerable clients.’ The Legal 500 2022

    ‘Strengths-attention to detail. He always had his eye on the ball. His preparation is second to none.’ The Legal 500 2021

  • Notable Cases

    A [2019] EWFC B18

    Henry acted for the Children’s Guardian.  The Court approved the Children’s Guardian’s recommendation for the child to return to the care of the mother under the auspices of a Supervision Order.  The Judgment carefully considers the proper basis for the evaluation of risk in cases relating to past alcohol misuse and the duties of the Local Authority to identify and provide appropriate support.

    A Local Authority v D (2016) [2016] EWHC 1438 (Fam)

    An issue arose in relation to the procedural basis for applying out of time for a Supervision Order. The case has changed the interpretation of the law in this area. Mostyn J accepted Henry’s submission that the Court of Appeal has wrongly interpreted the law over the last 21 years.

    Richmond London Borough Council v B, W, B and CB [2010] EWHC 2903 (Fam); [2011] 1 FLR 1345

    Care proceedings in the High Court which considered and provided guidance in relation to alcohol hair strand testing.  Moylan J provided guidance as to the reliability of hair testing to establish consumption below frequent and excessive consumption.  Henry represented the Local Authority and successfully persuaded the Court to give guidance on these issues in the public interest.

    London Borough of Brent v S [2009] EWHC 1593 (Fam)

    Henry appeared for a Local Authority in wardship proceedings in relation to a 17 year old who had no parents in the UK and wanted to travel to Pakistan to find his family

    Re S [2008] EWCA Civ 1652

    Henry appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to committal proceedings arising from publication of confidential material

Legal 500

Ranked

2022

Legal 500

Ranked

2021