Jo Delahunty KC writes for the Times on the importance of prioritising children when a relationship breaks down

In an article published by the Times, Jo Delahunty KC highlights why it is important children remain at the centre of proceedings when a relationship breaks down.

To read the full article, click here



4PB Shortlisted for Chambers of the Year at the 2024 Bar Pro Bono Awards

We are delighted and proud to be shortlisted for “Chambers of the Year ” at the Bar Pro Bono Awards.

The awards recognise those individuals and chambers who have gone above and beyond expectations when undertaking pro bono work to support access to justice.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on Wednesday 8th May at Middle Temple Hall.

View the full shortlist here.


Michael Edwards instructed to represent the UK Health Security Agency in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry, which began on 28 June 2022, has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and learn lessons for the future. The Inquiry’s work is guided by its Terms of Reference.

The inquiry investigations have been organised into Modules, and throughout each, the Inquiry hears evidence from witnesses, experts and Core Participants through a series of corresponding hearings.

Michael Edwards will be working on Module 5 (procurement – looking at the procurement and distribution of key healthcare supplies) and Module 7 (test, trace, and isolate – looking at the effectiveness of the strategy put in place by the UK Government). Both Modules are listed for hearings in 2025.

To learn more about the enquiry, click here 


New Reported Case: AB (A Child) [2024] EWHC 586 (Fam)

Dorothea Gartland KC led Edward Bennett of Harcourt Chambers in this decision by the President of the Family Division in which the Court granted the applicants the parental order they sought in circumstances where they had already adopted their child. The Court accepted the analysis and submissions made having considered the effect of s.67(1) of the ACA 2002 and s.54(1) of the HFEA 2008.

Click here to read the Judgment.


Five 4PB members represented various parties in the matter of R v M [2024] EWHC 720 (Fam)

Christopher Hames KC, Michael Gration KC, Mark Jarman KC, Jacqueline Renton Mani Singh Basi and Frankie Shama appeared in the judgment of  R v M (Hague Convention; Withdrawal of Application and Art. 16 (Parental Responsibility)) [2024] EWHC 720 (Fam) which was published today. The case deals with a withdrawal of a 1980 Hague Convention case and an application for recognition of rights of parental responsibility pursuant to Article 16 of the 1996 Hague Convention.

Read the judgment here



4PB London Marathon Team Run in Support of Leading Children’s Charity NSPCC