Clare is a skilled advocate and has particular experience of conducting trial advocacy.
Clare specialises in Family Law and has practised in Brighton since joining Chambers in 2010. She has considerable experience and expertise in private law disputes regarding children including applications for Child Arrangements Orders (formerly Residence and Contact), Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders. Clare has appeared in cases involving implacable hostility, allegations of abuse and domestic violence, cases where children are subject a child protection plan and cases where all contact has broken down. Clare also has experience in national and international relocation cases.
Clare has appeared in the High Court in relation to questions of jurisdiction and child abduction and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal. In addition to private law family work Clare also accepts instructions in public law and is able to bring her considerable knowledge in this field to her Direct Access practice. She has represented interveners, parents, former civil partners, children and Local Authorities and accepts instructions in all aspects of public and private law children work.
Clare is a robust advocate and is known for her thorough case preparation and sensitive client care skills.
Clare is particularly interested in cases that cross over between public and private law and has appears in cases where the Local Authority are made a party to private law proceedings, in applications to discharge SGO’s following historical care proceedings and in cases where the child is separately represented by a children’s guardian in private law proceedings. In addition Clare is interested in family cases that involve immigration law issues such as a party’s leave to remain whilst there are ongoing family law proceedings in the UK.
Clare also accepts instruction in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders and has a wealth of experience in this area.
“Clare was my Barrister for my final Family Court Hearing in October 2019. This was a particularly tricky relocation case concerning my 7 year old daughter. Clare provided me with initial advice and guidance and was very responsive to my email queries. She spent time analysing both the legal and factual issues of the case history and was adept at formulating position strategies for me, prior to and on the day of the hearing. I found Clare to be incredibly easy to talk to. She was realistic in response to my aspirations and worked diligently to get me the best outcome possible for me and my daughter. I would have no hesitation in recommending Clare for Family Court matters, she was an absolute pleasure to have by my side and she changed the course of mine and my daughter’s life for the positive. I am eternally grateful to her.”
“Clare was outstanding and I am immensely grateful to her. She took my Appeal on at extremely short notice, grasped the pertinent facts of my case, managed to successfully get me an Appeal Hearing even though I applied late and did a superb job in court. I would happily recommend her to anyone who needs a barrister for family law.”
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