Nick Brown

Call: 2005

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 University in 2004 and obtained a Distinction and in 2005 he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London where he 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 he 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 a particular 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 also published a number of articles in the area of Children Law (those on the retention of children after contact being short-listed for the inaugural Family Law Awards).

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

What the Directories Say

  • “He has great client empathy and fights their corner in court.” – Legal 500 2019
  • “Fantastically analytical and a creative problem solver.” – Legal 500 2017

Qualifications

  • BA (First Class)
  • GDL (Distinction)
  • BVC (Outstanding)

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

Articles and Publications

  • 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

Memberships

  • The Midland Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • West Midlands Family Law Bar Association
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering

My Expertise