Family Articles

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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Kevin Hegarty QC and Jonathan Nosworthy nominated for Legal 500 Awards 2019

St Philips are proud to announce that Kevin Hegarty QC and Jonathan Nosworthy have both been shortlisted for awards at the forthcoming Legal 500 UK Awards 2019. The Head of the St Philips Criminal Group, Kevin Hegarty QC has been nominated for Regional Silk of the Year. Senior Criminal Clerk, Phil Jones commented: “This nomination is thoroughly deserved and not...

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Beyond Together or Apart – Planning for, assessing and placing sibling groups – Debbie Collins

Debbie Collins

There is so much variety within the dynamics of the modern family that the issue of siblings, their placement and their contact with each other is a major consideration in care proceedings. The placement of sibling groups has long been a challenge for professionals, be they the court, Social Workers, foster carers, Children’s Guardians or lawyers; it is well recognised,...

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St Philips dealt a full house of “Band 1” listings in Chambers UK Bar 2019

Chambers UK 2019

Thank you to all of our clients for your support during the past year, with a particular thank you to those who participated in the feedback process and gave us such glowing reports. 14 Silk (QC) and 45 Junior rankings were achieved by our members, along with a full house of “Band 1” listings in our ranked disciplines. Chambers &...

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The Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast

RPAQC & JW

On Monday 1st October Director of Clerking, Joe Wilson, attended the Opening of the Legal Year Service (affectionately known as the Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast) at Westminster Abbey. The service was attended by many legal luminaries including 8 former members of St Philips Chambers: 3 High Court Judges (the former Recorder of Birmingham, Mr Justice William Davis, Mr Justice MacDonald and...

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The Forbidden Territories by Andrew Bainham

Andrew Bainham

Andrew Bainham’s article in the September issue of Family Law ([2018] Fam Law 1150) explores the tension between the powers of the court and the statutory duties of the local authority in public law children cases. Just as the court must not enter the forbidden territory of the local authority, so the local authority must not trespass on the forbidden territory of...

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Gemma Bowes joins St Philips Family Team

Gemma Bowes

We are delighted to announce that Gemma Bowes will be joining the Family Group here at St Philips. Gemma is a Children specialist with 9 years experience and practices exclusively within Public Law Care proceedings with experience of : Non-accidental injuries (bruising, fractures, head injury) Child death Sexual abuse Fabricated/induced illness Psychiatric illness Substance misuse Chronic neglect Parental alienation Threats...

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Human Rights Act 1998 Claims: Costs & Section 20 – Jack Redmond

Jack Redmond

Human Rights Act Claims: Section 20 On 18thJuly 2018, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the long-awaited ‘section 20’ case: Williams and another v London Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37. It concerns the limits of local authority’s powers and duties under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 to provide accommodation for children in need. Factual background One...

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Mills v Mills – Leisha Bond

Leisha Bond

The essential background at time of order: Cohabitation 1986 Married 1987 H left the family home 2000 Divorced 2002 1 child of the family living with W Consent order providing Wife with vast majority of the liquid capital : £230k At the time of the order W put her housing needs at £350k and H put them at £230k.  It...

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