Family Articles

FGM – First Conviction & New Legislation – by Nick Brown

Nick Brown

This month has seen two key developments for any practitioner following the ever developing field of work against FGM. On 8th March, the first person ever to be convicted for an FGM related offence in the UK was sentenced to a term of 11 years’ imprisonment – an historic milestone given that legislation criminalizing FGM was first past in the...

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HHJ Walker sworn in by The President of The Family Division

On Wednesday 13th March Liz Walker was officially sworn in as Her Honour Judge Walker at a ceremony at The Royal Courts of Justice before The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane. Liz was attended upon by her immediate family as well as Senior Clerk, Mark Mansell and Director of Clerking, Joe Wilson.

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G (Children: Fair Hearing) [2019] EWCA Civ 126 – by William Horwood

William Horwood

How far is too far? And when is a finding not a finding? In G (Children: Fair Hearing) [2019] EWCA Civ 126, the Court of Appeal (Peter Jackson LJ and Moor J) considered two situations which will be very familiar to advocates conducting urgent hearings at which the Local Authority seeks the grant of an interim care order and removal...

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Two members of St Philips Family Team appointed to part-time roles in the First-Tier Tribunal

St Philips are delighted to announce that Heledd Williams and Lucie French have both been appointed to the First-Tier Tribunal where they will sit as part-time fee-paid judges once they have completed their initial training which commences next month. Heledd has been appointed as a First-Tier Tribunal Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber while Lucie has been assigned to...

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Elizabeth Walker appointed as a Circuit Judge

Elizabeth Walker

St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Liz Walker has been appointed as a Circuit Judge. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Liz to the Midland Circuit based at Wolverhampton Family Court where she will take up her post on 4th March 2019 and will be formally known as Her Honour Judge Walker. Liz was called to the Bar...

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Kevin Hegarty QC and Jonathan Nosworthy nominated for Legal 500 Awards 2019

St Philips are proud to announce that Kevin Hegarty QC and Jonathan Nosworthy have both been shortlisted for awards at the forthcoming Legal 500 UK Awards 2019. The Head of the St Philips Criminal Group, Kevin Hegarty QC has been nominated for Regional Silk of the Year. Senior Criminal Clerk, Phil Jones commented: “This nomination is thoroughly deserved and not...

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Beyond Together or Apart – Planning for, assessing and placing sibling groups – Debbie Collins

Debbie Collins

There is so much variety within the dynamics of the modern family that the issue of siblings, their placement and their contact with each other is a major consideration in care proceedings. The placement of sibling groups has long been a challenge for professionals, be they the court, Social Workers, foster carers, Children’s Guardians or lawyers; it is well recognised,...

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St Philips dealt a full house of “Band 1” listings in Chambers UK Bar 2019

Chambers UK 2019

Thank you to all of our clients for your support during the past year, with a particular thank you to those who participated in the feedback process and gave us such glowing reports. 14 Silk (QC) and 45 Junior rankings were achieved by our members, along with a full house of “Band 1” listings in our ranked disciplines. Chambers &...

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The Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast

RPAQC & JW

On Monday 1st October Director of Clerking, Joe Wilson, attended the Opening of the Legal Year Service (affectionately known as the Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast) at Westminster Abbey. The service was attended by many legal luminaries including 8 former members of St Philips Chambers: 3 High Court Judges (the former Recorder of Birmingham, Mr Justice William Davis, Mr Justice MacDonald and...

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The Forbidden Territories by Andrew Bainham

Andrew Bainham

Andrew Bainham’s article in the September issue of Family Law ([2018] Fam Law 1150) explores the tension between the powers of the court and the statutory duties of the local authority in public law children cases. Just as the court must not enter the forbidden territory of the local authority, so the local authority must not trespass on the forbidden territory of...

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