News

27/07/12 Head of Chambers
On 1st October 2012, Jonathan Cohen QC will step down as Head of Chambers to be replaced by Alex Verdan QC. Chambers are indebted to Jonathan for his 10 years of great leadership during which chambers has grown from strength to strength. Jonathan will remain in full time practice at 4PB.
25/07/12 Supreme Court Judgement in T (Children)
The decision which has been much anticipated by everyone involved in public law children cases, relates to the issue of costs orders against local authorities in care proceedings.  Teertha Gupta QC, Dorothea Gartland, Charles Hale and Rebecca Foulkes were all involved in the case.  To view the case summary click here
 
23/07/12 Michael Simon
Congratulations to Michael Simon who has been appointed as a Master of the Bench at the Inner Temple.
18/07/12 Radio 4 - "Face the Facts" Program
Jacqueline Renton was on Radio 4's ‘Face the Facts’ program today talking about international children abduction.  To listen click here
11/07/12 New Logo & Website
Welcome to our new website, which we hope you will find useful.  Please let us know what you think
02/07/12 Child Injury and Expert Evidence: The Lessons of Al-Alas
Jo Delahunty QC spoke at the recent  ALC and CBA lecture on 4th July
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13/06/12 Butterworths Public Child Care Conference
Alex Verdan QC chaired the recent Butterworths Public Child Care Conference on 26th June in Central London.
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14/05/12 London Legal Walk - 21st May 2012
4PB have entered a team into the London Legal Walk. The team are raising funds for the London Legal Support Trust, the Free Representation Unit and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  If you would like to sponsor the team please visit our Virgin Money Just Giving website
24/04/12 Forthcoming Seminars
Alternative Familes Seminar - 24th May 2012, Crowne Plaza, London The City. 1.5CPD 1996 Hague Convention half day Seminar - Friday 22nd June 2012, The Law Society, London. 3CPD
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19/04/12 Jo Delahunty QC acts for the Mother in widely reports Rickets Case
Jo Delahunty QC of 4PB, leading Kate Purkiss of Coram , succeeds in reuniting mother and child after allegations that the mother had killed her first born baby are rejected by the High Court after a 6 week trial before Mrs Justice Theis. The widely publicised case London Borough of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam) ( FLR forthcoming) Jo took on the lead cross examinations of all the clinicians and experts as well as the vitamin D and rickets research. The team lead by Jo exposed the sub optimal care given to the child at UCH and the failure of Great Ormond Street Hospital to detect rickets. By so doing, the allegation that this was a shaken baby case fell apart and the court found that the child died of natural causes involving vitamin D and rickets. The news story is being widely reported on the national media, to read the full judgement click here.
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