Experience

Year of Call: 2015

Qualifications

ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator

Education

BPP University – Bar Professional Training Course
University of Exeter –LLB Hons

Profile

Miriam has a busy practice in all areas of family law. She joined chambers after successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Henry Clayton, Jacqueline Renton and Cleo Perry. She has experience across public, private and international children law and in financial matters.

International

Miriam appears in the High Court in child abduction matters both in Hague Convention 1980 cases and wardship proceedings. For example she appeared in PG v PR [2018] EWFC 85 where she represented the respondent father. She has also represented parties in committal applications following non-compliance with passport orders. She has also represented a father seeking permission to make an Article 21 application whilst a Section 91(14) order was in place against him (SZ v DG & PG v LG [2020] EWHC 881 (Fam)).

Private Law

Miriam is regularly instructed in complex private law matters across all stages of proceedings including enforcement. She has acted in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, parental alienation and consolidation with proceedings under the Family Law Act 1996. She has assisted in training expert witnesses at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has also successfully represented a client to obtain a declaration of marital status following a Syrian marriage and subsequent divorce.

Public Law

Miriam has been led by June Venters QC in a long-standing public law case, in which they represent a vulnerable mother. The case involved a lengthy 5-week fact-finding hearing during which the Judge had to determine the remit of questioning that could be put to a child making allegations of sexual abuse. Miriam also maintains an active public law practice of her own, acting for local authorities, parents and children’s guardians in proceedings involving domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance misuse and mental health problems. She also has experience in secure accommodation orders and forced marriage. In addition she has represented a mother successfully opposing both a recovery order and deprivation of liberty order for her 17-year old vulnerable son to be placed in a residential placement.

Financial Remedies

Miriam has frequently represented clients at all stages of financial proceedings, including but not limited to First Appointments, FDRs, MPS applications and enforcement. She has assisted with drafting Section 25 statements and First Appointment documentation on a regular basis.

Previous experience

Prior to her career at the Bar, Miriam worked as a family law senior paralegal at Stewarts specialising in high net worth financial remedies and private children law. She has also volunteered for family schemes and charities, including the BPP Family Legal Advice Clinic and National Centre for Domestic Violence. Through her work she has gained valuable experience assisting litigants in person and advising parties on matters relating to financial remedies, child arrangements and applications for injunctive relief under the Family Law Act 1996.


In her spare time, Miriam can be found travelling, taking photographs and attending concerts and theatre productions.

Professional Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn
Family Law Bar Association
Child Abduction Lawyers Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Resolution
Women In Family Law