Nick Brown

Call 2005

Nick Brown

Introduction

Nick is originally from the West Country. Prior to his training to become a Barrister he studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He also worked as a political lobbyist in Westminster.

Nick completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes in 2004 and obtained a Distinction. In 2005 he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London and was graded Outstanding. During the course of his law studies, Nick was also awarded Lord Bowen and Lord Denning scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

In 2006 Nick completed a broad-based pupillage at St Philips and, as a new tenant, practised across a range of fields. He now practices in the area of Care Proceedings and also has an interest in cases involving Forced Marriage and FGM.

Nick has joined with other members of Chambers in providing seminars and lectures to Solicitors and Social Workers throughout the region. He has published a number of articles in the area of Children Law (those on the retention of children after contact having been short-listed for the inaugural Family Law Awards and having been taught at University level). He has also recently become a Pupil Supervisor.

Nick is very committed to what he does and aims to provide a highly professional service in a manner, he hopes, that is both approachable and sympathetic.

Public Law Care and Adoption

Nick Brown represents Local Authorities, parents and children across the West Midlands. He has experience of cases involving inflicted injuries, sexual abuse (including inter-sibling), the placement of children in foreign jurisdictions, the murder of one parent by another and radicalization. He also has experience of representing the Police (and other parties) on applications relating to PII and of cases involving Forced Marriage and FGM.

Recent cases of particular note have included Nick representing:

• As Second Junior, a Mother facing allegations of intra-familial sexual abuse at a Fact-Finding Hearing lasting four months
• A Grandmother securing the placement of her grandchildren with her in Jamaica and a £15,000 costs order against the Local Authority
• An 18-year-old foreign national securing his adoption by his British Aunt
• A Local Authority securing findings against parents that they had branded their baby with placement then secured with extended family in rural Bangladesh
• A Father in proceedings for an FGMPO following admissions made in previous Care Proceedings that there had been an intention to arrange for FGM to take place
• A baby in proceedings for Care and Placement Orders where there was a successful application for the non-disclosure of her existence to her paternal family on account of her Mother being at risk of an “honour” killing
• A teenaged Mother securing the return of her baby following her involvement in CSE and gang culture

Reported Cases

Re Y (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Fact Finding) [2016] EWFC 30 [2016] 2 FLR 1074 [2016] Fam Law 1080

Re C (A Child) [2016] EWFC B110

Re B (Care Proceedings: Finding of Fact Hearing: Skull Fractures) [2017] EWFC B30

Re K, T and U (Placement of Children with Kinship Carers Abroad) [2019] EWFC 59

Re D    [2019] EWFC B65

Articles

Striking Out the Strike Out: Private Law Fact-Finding Hearings and Weak Allegations  [2009] Fam Law 687

Safeguarding Children Living with Trauma and Family Violence: Evidence-Based Assessment, Analysis and Planning Interventions  [2010] Fam Law 213 (Book Review)

Different Approach to Children’s Allegations  [2011] Fam Law 430

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 1: Core Principles  [2011] Fam Law 497

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 2: Ex Parte and On Notice Hearings  [2011] Fam Law 623

The Retention of Children after Contact Part 3: The Role of Cafcass and Other Considerations  [2011] Fam Law 708

FGM and the Redundancy of the Term “Male Circumcision”  [2017] Fam Law 88

Education

1995 - 1999: Theology & Religious Studies BA (Cambridge: First Class)
2002 - 2003: Herchel Smith Scholar (Harvard)
2003 - 2004: GDL (Oxford Brookes: Distinction)
2004 - 2005: BVC (Inns of Court School of Law: Outstanding)

Appointments and Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn

Midland Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

West Midlands Family Law Bar Association

Pupil Supervisor

Testimonials

“Fantastically analytical and a creative problem solver.” Legal 500
“He has great client empathy and fights their corner in court.” Legal 500