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Andrew Bainham cited by the Law Commission

Andrew Bainham

Andrew Bainham’s published work on legal parentage has been significantly cited by the Law Commission in its recent consultation paper on reforming the law governing surrogacy arrangements. See ‘Building families through surrogacy: A new law’ Law Commission Consultation paper 244 and Scottish Law Commission Discussion Paper 167 (June 6th, 2019). The consultation period closes on 27th September 2019.

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Juliet Allen joins St Philips Family Team

Juliet Allen

St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Juliet Allen has joined their Family Team. Juliet practices exclusively in the area of Financial Remedies and has a particular interest in cases which involve family trusts. Her practice includes matters involving complex business arrangements, unusual trust structures, analysis of business accounts, farming cases and proceedings where there are issues of non-disclosure...

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Lying in Sworn Evidence and the Consequences… or Lack Thereof! – by Leisha Bond

Leisha Bond

I recently cross examined a wife about her income. Her Form E said she had no income. In answers to Husband’s Questionnaire she provided various documents which showed she did in fact receive ‘cash in hand’ as a self employed hairdresser. The final hearing bundle contained a schedule of assets ‘filed on behalf of Wife’. It showed Wife’s earned income...

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St Philips welcome Karl Rowley QC

Karl Rowley QC

St Philips Family Barristers are delighted to welcome Karl Rowley QC as a Door Tenant at St Philips Chambers. Karl was called to the Bar in 1994 and took Silk in 2013 and is also a Recorder with Family, Criminal and Civil tickets. He practices principally from St John’s Buildings in Manchester. Karl represents Local Authorities, Children, parents and extended...

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St Philips Chambers Pupils commence practice on Monday 1st April

Pupils

Left to right: Sandamini, Natalie, Matthew, Anna and Olivia. We are pleased to inform you that our pupils will commence practicing from Monday 1st April. All five of our pupils have undergone extensive training in their chosen disciplines since October of 2018 and are raring “to get on their feet”! Anna Peaston – Anna commenced a specialist family pupillage under the...

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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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