Nick Brown Family

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 for a number of years as a political lobbyist in Westminster.

Nick completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes University in 2004 and obtained a Distinction.  In 2005 he completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London where he was graded Outstanding and awarded the IDS Prize for Employment Law (for the student gaining the highest grade in that particular subject).  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 Philip’s and as a new tenant practised across a range of fields.  He now practices in the area of Children Law and is also looking to gain experience within the Court of Protection.

Nick has joined with other members of Chambers in providing seminars and lectures to Solicitors’ firms, Law Societies and Social Workers throughout the region.  He has also had published a number of articles in the area of Children Law, of particular note being his articles on the retention of children after contact which in 2011 were short-listed for the Jordan Publishing 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 sympathetic and approachable.

Articles and Publications

  • Domestic Violence: the new Practice Direction, St Philip’s Family Law News, 2008 (Issue 3)
  • 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)
  • Allegations of Abuse by Children, St Philip’s Family Law News, 2011 (Issue 7)
  • 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

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • BA (Cantab. First Class)
  • PgDL (Distinction)
  • BVC (Outstanding)

Memberships:

  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
  • Family Law Bar Association

Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse

Nick receives instructions for all aspects of Private Law Proceedings and, again, represents both parents and children. He has increasing experience of dealing with appeals and matters in the High Court, including Wardship Proceedings and cases involving removal from the jurisdiction.

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Public Law Care and Adoption

In Public Law Proceedings Nick has experience of representing a number of Local Authorities across the West Midlands and accepts instructions for written work as well as for attendances at Court. He also represents parents, children and foster carers at all stages of Care Proceedings (including in the High Court and in Fact-Finding Hearings involving allegations of non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse). Further, he has experience of representing the Police (and other parties) on applications in relation to Public Interest Immunity.

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