|25/02/13||Alex Verdan QC in the Supreme Court
Alex Verdan QC is appearing in the Supreme Court today in the case of Re B. The issues are whether a child of two years of age should be permanently removed from her parents and placed for adoption. In that regard, whether the child was likely to suffer significant harm within the meaning of s.31(2)(a) of the Children Act 1989, and whether her permanent removal was a proportionate response to any such risk that she did face.
Rachel Chisholm will be co-presenting a paper on intractable private law disputes at the 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights in Sydney, Australia, in March. Rachel has been given a grant by the FLBA to attend the Congress.
Congratulations to Andrew Powell who has been awarded a 2013 Pegasus Scholarship. Andrew will be spending 3 months with a leading law firm in California specialising in surrogacy and reproductive law.
|07/02/13||White Paper Conference
On Thursday 7th February 2013 Michael Sternberg QC MCI Arb. Chaired a national financial remedy day long conference entitled Family Law: Shaping New Cases into Highly Persuasive Advice for Clients at the Caledonian Club, Belgravia SW1, attended by 146 delegates and organised by The White Paper Conference Company.
Amongst the 6 Silks who addressed the conference was Jonathan Cohen QC who spoke on Needs, Sharing and Entitlement in Income and Capital Awards.
|06/02/13||Irish Government inquiry finds 'significant state involvement' in Ireland's Magdalene Laundries
Maeve O'Rourke, who brought the Magdalene Laundries case to the UN Committee against Torture in 2011, had assisted the Justice for Magdalenes advocacy group in submitting 3,500 pages of evidence to the inquiry, including over 700 pages of testimony.
|04/02/13||High Court approves consent order achieved following rabbinical arbitration
Marcus Scott-Manderson QC and Teertha Gupta QC represented the Mother and Henry Setright QC (leading Edward Deveruex) represented the Father in a landmark ruling handed down by the High Court last week. Mr Justice Baker acceded to the parents’ proposal to refer their family dispute to non-binding arbitration and subsequently endorsed the outcome of that process concerning both children and financial arrangements. A copy of the judgment can be found here
Sam King represented one of the successful applicants in what is being described as a landmark ruling in respect of clarifying the rights of gay fathers. The applicant, who is not the legal parent to the child under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, was granted leave to apply for contact by Baker J.
|29/01/13||Standard Contractual Terms
As of 31st January 2013 Chambers will be adopting the Bar Council's Standard Contractual Terms. To view these terms click here.
|23/01/13||Alex Verdan QC
Alex Verdan QC has been called to the bar in the British Virgin Islands.
Christopher Hames has represented, pro bono, Mrs Jennifer Jones in the High Court and the Court of Appeal during her ongoing disputes concerning her 5 children. The case received widespread media coverage when Mrs Jones disappeared with 4 of the children following a summary return order to Spain under the Hague Convention and then a Tipstaff collection order. While 3 of the children are now in Spain with their father, 2 children were initially placed in local authority care but have now been returned to the care of their mother in Wales