05 May 2021
Deirdre Fottrell QC acted for the applicants and Tom Wilson acted for the third respondent in the recent case of AX and BX v Others.
30 April 2021
Deirdre Fottrell QC acted in a case for a Special Guardian in which the Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the use of special guardianship orders and care orders together.
06 April 2021
Andrew Bagchi QC and Anna Lavelle were successful in the Court of Appeal upholding an appeal on behalf of a juvenile intervener in care proceedings.
16 October 2020
Andrew Bagchi QC acted in the important case of CTD (A Child: Rehearing) in the Court of Appeal
18 August 2020
Tom Wilson recently appeared in R v P (Children: Similar Fact Evidence)  EWCA Civ 1088.
10 June 2020
Darren Howe QC and Sally Stone appeared for the Respondent Children in this appeal which provides an important clarification about remote hearings.
15 May 2020
Darren Howe QC and Sally Stone acted for the children in a case where Williams J gave a useful analysis of the matters to be considered when hearing a case remotely, in person or in hybrid form.
14 May 2020
In this groundbreaking decision, Francesca Wiley QC and Laura Briggs won an appeal on behalf of a father accused of sexually abusing his daughter, seven years ago.
07 May 2020
In a hearing before the President of the Family Division, Deirdre Fottrell QC and Lucy Maxwell acted for the appellant...
06 May 2020
Judgment was handed down today in the case of VE v AO, Royal Borough of Greenwich & South East London CCG  EWCOP 23 in which Alev Giz represented the applicant on her application for an order that it was in her mother’s best interests to leave her care home and move to live her last days with her daughter in the light of her mother’s diagnosis with terminal cancer and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
22 April 2020
Tom Wilson acted for a prospective adopter in his application to the High Court for the revocation of a testamentary guardianship order in respect of his niece.
25 March 2020
Steven Ashworth represented the mother in the Court of Appeal, concerning disclosure from care proceedings to the police following a fact-finding hearing which addressed serious brain injuries sustained by a baby. Sam Momtaz QC led Steven at the 3 week fact-finding hearing.
28 February 2020
Nkumbe Ekaney QC and Richard Jones appeared in the Court of Appeal in I (Children: Child Assessment Order)  EWCA Civ 281 (28 February 2020), a case regarding the correct test for the making and use of s.43 Children Act Child Assessment Orders in radicalisation cases.
27 January 2020
By a judgment handed down on 27 January 2020 and published on 5 March 2020 (the “Publication Judgment”) the President of...
10 January 2020
On 10 January 2020, Susan George successfully defended a placement application. Judgment was provided on 27 January 2020. Susan acted for the father of a child known as A.
18 December 2019
Richard Jones acted for the father in a parental alienation case where the mother was unable to promote a relationship between father and daughter; the care of the child was transferred to the father.
27 November 2019
In a case heard in the Court of Appeal, B (Secure Accommodation Order), Re (Rev 1)  EWCA Civ 2025 Denise Gilling was part of the legal team who acted on behalf of the intervenors concerning an appeal refusing a secure accommodation order for a fifteen year old girl.
25 November 2019
The Court of Appeal clarifies that the inherent jurisdiction is not available where the 1996 Hague Convention applies. Deirdre Fottrell QC and Eleri Jones acted for the successful appellant in Re I-L  EWCA Civ 1956.
19 November 2019
Francesca Wiley QC acted successfully on behalf of the Applicant Father and Elpha Le Cointe appeared on behalf of the NYAS Guardian in a case of suspended residence transfer and parental alienation.
14 November 2019
Alison Ball QC, leading Gemma Kelly and Andrew Bagchi QC, represented the parents who were the successful appellants in the Court of Appeal in a decision handed down on 14 November 2019.
31 October 2019
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has today reported to Her Majesty that the appeal in the matter of C v C should be dismissed. Deirdre Fottrell QC and Eleri Jones were part of the respondent’s successful team. This is an interesting private international law case about recognition of foreign orders and concepts of parentage under the children law in Jersey in relation to financial provision for children.
16 October 2019
Richard Jones appeared on behalf of the Applicant in securing a transfer of living arrangements of a child to his father in a parental alienation case.
15 October 2019
Tom Wilson acted for the children in PQ v RS and others (Legal Parenthood: Written Consent)  EWFC 65, which concerned consent to legal parenthood.
12 August 2019
Sharon Segal acted pro bono on behalf of the Applicants, and Deirdre Fottrell QC acted on behalf of the children, through the children’s guardian, in this case concerning the circumstances in which the court will make a Parental Order...
27 June 2019
Sam Momtaz QC acted on behalf of foster carers who were seeking to adopt the subject child. Mr Justice Francis gave important guidance on what a Local Authority must do when seeking to obtain the birth parents consent to adoption.
27 June 2019
Fareha Choudhury (instructed by Gisby Harrison Solicitors) acted for the Appellant.
04 April 2019
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of a child’s non-party foster carer in a successful appeal against the making of a final care order.
27 March 2019
Richard Jones appeared on behalf of the child through her Children’s Guardian in this key decision relating to a child’s capacity to instruct a solicitor.
22 March 2019
Janet Bazley QC and Katherine Dunseath, assisted by William Vaudry, represented the respondent wife on a plea by the Queen’s Proctor to set aside decrees of divorce, granted under s.1(2)(d) MCA 1973 (2 years’ separation and consent), despite the parties having only been married for 22 months at the time the petition was issued.
01 March 2019
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of a non-party foster carer in a successful application to terminate the appointment of a Children’s Guardian within care proceedings concerning a child placed in her care.
09 August 2018
Francesca Wiley QC and Rachel Gillman appeared on behalf of the Applicant.
09 August 2018
Luke Eaton appeared on behalf of the successful appellant Father in a case that provides important informal guidance where the Court is considering preventing cross-examination of an alleged victim of domestic abuse by an alleged perpetrator who acts in person.
24 July 2018
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Sharon Segal acted on behalf of the mother in this important case concerning the withdrawal of care proceedings and an application for costs where allegations of radicalisation were made.
24 July 2018
Sam Momtaz QC appeared for the father in Lancashire County Council v A, B and Z in which Knowles J’s judgment provides guidance on how to prevent late disclosure of police evidence in care proceedings.
18 July 2018
Mills v Mills  UKSC 38: judgment of Supreme Court was handed down on 18 July 2018 by Lord Wilson. This was the ex...
18 July 2018
Five members of 1GC|Family Law appeared in the UKSC in the case of Williams v Hackney Council. Judgment in the case was handed down by the UKSC today.
27 June 2018
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Laura Briggs acted for the Appellant, the children’s guardian, and Sam Momtaz QC and Sharon Segal acted on behalf of the Association of Lawyers for Children who were given permission to intervene, in the recent Court of Appeal decision in Re P-S
25 June 2018
Richard Jones and Tom Wilson appeared in a child arrangements dispute on behalf of a mother and step-father of children born through an international surrogacy arrangement.
21 June 2018
Alev Giz appeared in the Court of Appeal for the successful appellant mother where findings of fact were set aside as not being sound for reasons that included the failure to allow a proper challenge to the allegations made by a child witness in the process of her cross-examination.
23 April 2018
Sam Momtaz QC appeared in the case of A Local Authority v X & Ors  EWHC 874 (Fam)
15 February 2018
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Luke Eaton acted for the children’s guardian in a case concerning...
15 February 2018
Sam Momtaz QC appeared on behalf of the respondent in M (A Child) in the Court Of Appeal...
26 January 2018
Andrew Bagchi QC, on behalf of M in AB v HT v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham v M v M
17 January 2018
Sarah Morgan QC and Olivia Magennis acted for (B's Father) and Deirdre Fottrell QC and Louise MacLynn for (I) and (R).
20 December 2017
Alison Ball QC appeared on behalf of the appellant father in Re M (Children)  EWCA Civ 2164.
13 December 2017
Claire Heppenstall appeared on behalf of the Respondent in M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 2356.
09 November 2017
Alev Giz appeared on behalf of the children in the case of N v J (Power to Set Aside Return...
27 October 2017
Andrew Bagchi QC acted for the Fourth Respondent by his Litigation Friend the Official Solicitor.
06 October 2017
Julien Foster, Rachel Gillman and Lucy Sprinz, appeared in the case of The London Borough of Wandsworth v M, A, C, J  EWHC 2435 (Fam) before Hayden J in which judgment was handed down on Friday 6 October.
13 July 2017
Five members of chambers acted in this important decision as to funding for Special Advocates within Family Proceedings as part of a Closed Material Procedure.
10 July 2017
Andrew Bagchi QC acted for the Local Authority (Brighton and Hove City Council).
25 May 2017
Seven members of chambers acted in this significant Court of Appeal decision as to the procedure to be adopted at an IRH within public law proceedings, and the important role of tandem model.
12 April 2017
Andrew Bagchi QC acted on behalf of Devon County Council.
31 March 2017
Sarah Morgan QC and Steven Ashworth acted for the local authority in care proceedings involving allegations of radicalisation, including allegations that the father had travelled to Syria and fought alongside an Islamist terrorist group.
15 March 2017
Sarah Morgan QC and Steven Ashworth acted again for the Local Authority in this care case involving allegations of radicalisation.
27 February 2017
Laura Briggs appeared on behalf of the Applicant in W - C (Children)  EWCA Civ 250
23 January 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Thomas Wilson appeared on behalf of the applicant. This was another case in which the President...
17 January 2017
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Marlene Cayoun appeared on behalf of the Respondent in J (A Child) (Finland)(Habitual Residence)  EWCA Civ 80.
16 December 2016
Sarah Morgan QC and Marlene Cayoun appeared on behalf of the Respondent in Re S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 44.
30 November 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Gemma Kelly represented the child in an application before the President for recognition of her adoption...
17 November 2016
Charles Geekie QC and Gemma Kelly successfully appealed on behalf of a local authority in the Court of Appeal in...
25 October 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC acted for the children in the case of AB in which the surrogate mother refused to give...
10 October 2016
Andrew Bagchi QC represented a father of a child who had been the subject of an adoption order in Nepal...
06 October 2016
A radicalisation case and the issue was whether there should be disclosure of information from family proceedings to the Security...
12 September 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Tom Wilson appeared on behalf of the applicant, Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz acted on...
30 June 2016
This was a landmark surrogacy case where Ms Justice Russell granted the surrogate mother the the care of the...
08 June 2016
Declaration of lawfulness of refusal of life-sustaining treatment for child aged 7 with life-limiting illness.
06 April 2016
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Lucy Sprinz appeared on behalf of the applicant parent and Janet Bazley QC and Sharon Segal...
25 February 2016
Jeni Kavanagh acted as junior counsel in this significant case which considers the link between the Family Law Arbitration Scheme...
14 January 2016
Important Guidance for cases Involving Learning Disabled Parents Deirdre Fottrell QC, Sarah Morgan QC and Lucy Sprinz again appeared...
26 October 2015
Daisy Hughes again represented the local authority in the matter of Re A and B (Contact) (No 4)  EWHC 2839 (Fam), it...
24 September 2015
Deirdre Fottrell QC represented the guardian in the case of Re T (Early Permanence Placement). The President gave ...
17 September 2015
Janet Bazley QC, leading Mark Jarman of 4 Paper Buildings and instructed by Freemans, Solicitors, has obtained a significant judgment from...
18 August 2015
Alev Giz appeared as junior counsel for the successful Appellant Father in the landmark case of re F (A Child) ...
05 August 2015
Jane Crowley QC represented local authority B in the important and topical 'tagging' case, in which the judgement of Sir...
04 August 2015
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Marlene Cayoun represented the Local Authority in the case of L and B (Children: Care Proceedings) ...
29 July 2015
Case heard in front of the circuit judge which resulted in Jane Crowley QC demolishing the Local Authority case...
22 June 2015
Deirdre Fottrell QC and Marlene Cayoun acted on behalf of the Coram Children’s Legal Centre and the Association...
10 June 2015
Marlene Cayoun represented the Wife in the case of Kaur v Randhawa  EWHC 1592 in which Mr Justice Mostyn found that...
22 May 2015
Deirdre Fottrell QC, Daisy Hughes and Eleri Jones acted for Children and Familes Across Borders (CFAB) in the Supreme Court...
06 May 2015
Alev Giz appeared for the mother and Alison Moore for the child in this critical case, in which judgment has...
22 April 2015
In a ground breaking decision Mr Justice Moor has upheld an order made in the Central Family Court setting aside...