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Francesca Fothergill Joins St Philips Chambers

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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

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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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Andrew Bainham Shortlisted for “Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year”

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Chambers is pleased to announce that Andrew Bainham has been shortlisted for the award of “Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year” in the 2015 Family Law Awards to be held in October. This follows on from Andrew’s appearance in the Supreme Court in January. Andrew was also shortlisted for the Family Law Commentator of the Year award in the...

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Successful Appeal by a Foster Carer

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Poonam Bhari recently acted on behalf of the mother of two young children in a case where the children’s foster carer sought permission to appeal the decision to remove the children from her care and place them with a relative. The Court of Appeal granted permission and allowed an appeal by a foster carer, Y, against the decision that two...

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Definition of Reasonable Contact in Public Law Cases

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Andrew Bainham recently appeared in Coventry City Council -v- M & H, acting on behalf of the mother and instructed by Selina Sandhu of Hammons Solicitors. In her Judgement, HHJ Watson made comments in relation to the definition of reasonable contact in Public Law cases. Andrew’s summary of the case for Jordans’ Family Law and a copy of the judgment...

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Alistair MacDonald QC elevated to High Court Bench

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St Philips Chambers are honoured to announce that Alistair MacDonald QC has been appointed as a High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division. Alistair will take the customary Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath at a swearing in ceremony before the Lord Chief Justice on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at the Royal Courts of Justice. A stalwart of...

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Supreme Court Again Rules On Costs In Children Cases

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The Supreme Court in Re S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20 has allowed the local authority’s appeal against a costs order made by the Court of Appeal in favour of the Respondent Father (Re S (Appeal from Care and Placement Orders) [2014] EWCA Civ 135; [2015] 1 FLR 130). Andrew Bainham (St.Philips) represented the Father in the Court of Appeal...

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Andrew Bainham Appears in the Supreme Court

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Photograph – The Respondent Father’s Legal Team: Sarah Benfield (Instructing solicitor, Clifton Ingram LLP, Reading); Andrew Bainham (St Philips); Amy Stout (3Dr Johnson Buildings); Stephen Gilmore (School of Law, King’s College London, who assisted with the appeal) Andrew Bainham yesterday appeared in the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Hughes, Lord Kerr, Lord Wilson and Lord Toulson) leading Amy Stout (3Dr Johnson...

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Andrew Bainham Joins St Philips Chambers

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St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Andrew Bainham will be joining their Family Law Team as of Monday 17th November. Andrew specialises in children cases and has a particular interest and expertise in representing parents, children and others in public law proceedings. He is also experienced and accepts instructions in private law children cases. He has a wide...

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Alistair MacDonald QC and Rosalyn Carter Succeed in Resisting Appeal

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Alistair MacDonald QC and Rosalyn Carter have successfully resisted an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the removal of a child from the care of her mother using an interim care order in private law proceedings under the Children Act 1989. The appellant Mother appealed the decision of the circuit judge to grant an interim care order and remove...

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