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Sara Lewis joins St Philips Family Team

St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Sara Lewis has joined their Family Team. Sara is a renowned Care practitioner with a national reputation for excellence within the field of Public Law Children cases. Sara has vast experience at all levels, acting for parents and guardians at Circuit, High Court and Appellate Court level. Sara undertakes cases involving the...

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Medway Council v MI & Ors [2017] EWFC 59 – Poonam Bhari

Poonam represented the 3rd respondent mother of the youngest two children, who lives in Africa. Poonam successfully sought findings that her client’s children had been abducted to the UK by their father and his new wife (who falsified documents to say that she was the children’s biological mother); further, that the 3rd respondent had been deprived of all contact with...

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Leisha Bond has been short-listed for the Barrister of the Year

Leisha Bond

We are delighted to announce that Leisha Bond has been short-listed for the Barrister of the Year award. The Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards have been showcasing the very best of the region’s legal talent since the inaugural event in 2002. Now in their 16th year, the Awards have become a permanent fixture in the legal and business calendar, with the...

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Molly Giles joins St Philips

Molly Giles

St Philips are delighted to inform you that Molly Giles will be joining the Family Law Practice Group here at St Philips Chambers on Monday 31st October 2016. Molly was called to the Bar in 2005 and practices exclusively in Children work (Public & Private Law). She is regularly instructed by Parents, Guardians and Local Authorities in cases involving non...

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St Philips receives a double nomination for Family Law Awards 2016

Louise McCabe

Chambers is pleased to announce that Louise McCabe has been shortlisted for the award of “Junior Barrister of the Year” at the forthcoming Family Law Awards 2016. As well as Louise’s nomination, the family clerks have also been shortlisted for the “Clerking Team of the Year”. This nomination is currently open to voting and further information on how to vote...

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Eve Bugeja joins St Philips Family Team

Eve Bugeja

St Philips are delighted to inform you that Eve Bugeja will be joining the Family Law Practice Group here at St Philips Chambers on Tuesday 30th August 2016. Eve was called to the Bar in 1997 and practices in both Children work (Public & Private Law) and Financial Remedy matters. She is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading junior...

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Double Scoop for St Philips Family Law Group

Chris Rank & Emma Kendall

St Philips Family Law Practice Group is delighted to announce the arrival of two new members to its team. Christopher Rank has recently joined from Cornwall Street Chambers and practices in both Financial Remedy work as well as children work in both Public and Private Law proceedings. Christopher is a Family Law Specialist with 8 years experience who adopts a...

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Dorian Day in the Supreme Court as it considers the Provisions of Article 15 Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 for the first time

Dorian Day

The Supreme Court broadens the “attenuated” welfare test when considering the best interests of the child upon the transfer of care proceedings to Hungary.   Dorian Day represented the father in the Supreme Court in the case Re N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15. This was the first time the Supreme Court had considered the provisions of Article 15 Council Regulation...

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Francesca Fothergill Joins St Philips Chambers

Francesca Fothergill

St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Francesca Fothergill will be joining their Family Law Team from Monday 30th November 2015. Francesca moves to Birmingham as an established and well respected family practitioner, specialising in matrimonial finance work. She is used to representing high net worth clients and she is adept at dealing with forensic accountancy, tax, trusts and...

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Success for Dorian Day in the Court of Appeal

Judgment was handed down by the Court of Appeal in Re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) on 2nd November 2015. Dorian Day and Alistair MacDonald QC (as he then was) appeared on behalf of the father and resisted the appeals. The Court of Appeal (The President, Black LJ and Aikens LJ) considered an appeal by the local authority and the childrens’...

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