Family Articles

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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St Philips Chambers has 3 Recorders appointed

St Philips Chambers are extremely proud to announce that Marc Brown, Mark Jones and Chris Watson have all been appointed to sit as Recorders across the country. Marc Brown will be assigned to the Midland Circuit (Crime). Mark Jones will be assigned to the Northern Circuit (Crime). Chris Watson will be assigned to the Northern Circuit (Family). These appointments are a fantastic...

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Christopher Watson appointed as a Recorder

Chris Watson

St Philips Chambers are delighted to announce that Christopher Watson has been appointed to sit as a Recorder. The Queen, on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon have confirmed that Chris will be deployed to the Northern...

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