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Coram Conference 2018: 8 November

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Coram Chambers is pleased to announce that this year’s Coram Conference will be held on Thursday 8 November at the Law Society. Speakers and ticket information to follow. Please see our Save the

Template orders for deprivation authorisation

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In his recent judgment, Re A-F (Children)(No 2) EWHC 2129 (Fam), Sir James Munby has drawn up proposed template orders for authorisations to deprive children of their liberty. The proposed orders

The 7Stars Foundation grant deadline

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Coram Chambers is a proud supporter of the 7 Stars Foundation, a charitable foundation which provides small grants to children under 16 years old, who are affected by homelessness, addition, abuse

Enforcement and the powers of the family court

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This month's Family Law Week newsletter features an article by Mike Horton in which he outlines the jurisdiction of the family court in enforcement proceedings. Mike's article focuses on VS v RE

IICSA Investigation Report Released

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Today, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse issued its Investigation Report, outlining its examination into the dealing with and response to child sexual abuse allegations in the Roman

The Aftermath of Owens v Owens

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Georgina Rushworth has written an article for Family Law Week, on the aftermath of Owens v Owens UKSC 41. As a specialist in the financial outcomes of divorce, Georgina has looked at the case of

Introducing our new Senior Clerk

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Senior Clerk, Sam Carter. Sam will start at Coram on 17 September. Sam is joining us from another London based Chambers, and brings his

Our barristers speak about LASPO effects on court system

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Both Shiva Ancliffe and Greg Williams were recently quoted by the Bar Council when speaking about their thoughts on LASPO's effects on our court system. Shared via social media: "There are

Supreme Court clarifies powers of local authorities under section 20, Children Act 1989

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Mark Twomey QC and Alex Laing acted on behalf of the Association of Lawyers for Children in recent Supreme Court judgment Williams v LB Hackney, UKSC 37. This case considers the limits on a local

Martha Cover Named 2018 Legal Aid Barrister of the Year

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Martha Cover, joint head of Chambers, has been announced as the 2018 Legal Aid Barrister of the Year. This year’s ceremony was led by Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE and took place in front of over

Advancements in Surrogacy Law Reform

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Dr. Bianca Jackson was recently quoted at length in The Times about advancements in surrogacy law and reforms on the horizon. “As the paramount interest of the court is the child’s welfare,

HHJ Sapnara awarded honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway College

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Her Honour Judge Sapnara, a former member of Coram Chambers, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Royal Holloway College, University of London. Lady Justice Arden was present at the ceremony

Sheila Donn of Philcox Gray

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We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sheila Donn, senior partner and child law specialist at Philcox Gray.  Sheila was a very skilled and talented solicitor,  who especially

Hague Convention Proceedings to be Swift and Summary

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Alex Laing appeared before Mr. Justice Holman for a mother, on proceedings involving the Hague Convention for a summary return of two children to America. The judgment is cited as Letts v Letts EWHC

Court clarifies terms for Special Guardianship Orders

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Coram Chambers' Hannah Gomersall appeared for a set of paternal grandparents in an appeal, cited as P-S (Children) EWCA Civ 1407. This decision, handed down by the Court of Appeal on 18th June

Commentary on the Steinfeld challenge to civil partnership laws

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Commentary on: R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keiden) v Secretary of State for the International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary) UKSC

Villiers – Jurisdictional Challenges

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Mike Horton and Alex Laing recently acted in Villiers v Villiers - an spousal maintenance case involving English and Scottish jurisdiction. This matter was recently heard before the Court of Appeal

Court states importance of tailor made approach to examining children

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Caitlin Ferris (acting for the second appellant) and Sue George (acting for the local authority) were recently involved in a Court of Appeal matter before Lord Justice McCombe, cited as Re M-Y

Ending a marriage in the 21st century, A look beyond no fault divorce.

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Our pupil, Sophie Crampton, recently authored an article for Family Law Week on the case for reforming the law of divorce. This article comes after the Jersey social media campaign which sought to

Court Warns Local Authorities to Conduct Deeper Analysis of Evidence

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Shiva Ancliffe acted for the mother in care proceedings that have spanned over 37 days and raised a number of issues in relation to how evidence is gathered and interpreted by the local authority in

Welcoming Our New Tenant: Matthew Shaw

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We're delighted to announce that Matthew Shaw is our newest Member of Chambers, as he joins our private client team. Matthew is experienced in family finance, private law children, and all other

Court Remains Reluctant to Cross Examine Children

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Marcia Hyde was recently involved in a 15 day fact finding hearing in respect of six children involving allegations of sexual abuse. This particular matter was an appeal against a single finding

Capacity carefully considered: Family Justice Council 2018 Guidance published

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The Family Justice Council recently published new guidance for judges and lawyers working within the Family Court entitled ‘Capacity to Litigate in Proceedings involving children’. The Guidance

Looking at the Court’s inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of their liberty

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Alex Laing recently authored a piece for Family Law Week on the inherent jurisdiction of the court to deprive children of their liberty. This article was in light of recent case law, including EWHC

Announcement – Our sincere thank you to Paul Sampson

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Dear colleagues, As many of you will be aware, our much loved and respected senior clerk, Paul ‘Sammy’ Sampson has been away from chambers for the past three months. In his absence, the rest

The Pension Advisory Group – Interim Reports and Conclusions

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A must-know for family finance practitioners whenever pension assets are considered, the PAG are producing guidelines to assist in the understanding and management of pensions in the context of

Court Outlines Approach for Evaluating Child Assessment Order Applications

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Shiva Ancliffe acted for the mother in a recent appeal by a local authority - Y (A Child) (S.38(6) Assessment) EWCA Civ 992. For background, care proceedings had been brought against the parents

JY v RY: An Indictment of the Impact of Legal Aid Cuts

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Matthew Richardson commented on JY v RY for Family Law Week - a case DJ Read described as ‘the most unsatisfactory’ he has heard, and in which the outcome ‘would have been very different’ if

Judgment Sets Aside Divorce Petition With Inaccurate Address

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Nick O’Brien of Coram Chambers recently acted for the petitioner in the reported case Hermens v Hermens EWHC 3742 (Fam). This was a multi-jurisdictional case involving an application by the

New Judgment on International Child Abduction and Determining Habitual Residence

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Alex Laing of Coram Chambers acted in the just-reported case of AB v CD EWHC 1021 (Fam). The case concerned international child abduction and the determination of habitual residence. For

Martha Cover Shortlisted for Legal Aid Barrister of the Year

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We are delighted to announce that Martha Cover has been announced as one of the top three candidates for this year’s prestigious Legal Aid Barrister of the Year award. Martha, a long-time

Family Justice Council releases updated guidance on financial needs on divorce

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In late-April 2018 the Family Justice Council published a second edition of their ‘Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce.’ An immensely useful resource for all practitioners undertaking

Court Makes Proposal for Improved Police Disclosure in Cases of Death or Serious Assault of a Child

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LB Southwark v US and RT and Others EWHC 3707 (Fam) Mark Twomey Q.C. and Sarah Tyler of Coram Chambers were instructed in a case dealing with the tragic death of a child by and allegations of

New judgments on deprivation of liberty and rights under art. 5 of ECHR

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Alex Laing of Coram Chambers acted on two cases, resulting in important new judgments on the deprivation of liberty and rights under article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Georgina Clark Newly Appointed as Family Law Recorder

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In a recent appointment of 13 Recorders, Georgina Clark has been selected to act as a family law Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit. Her appointment will take effect from 25 April 2018, following

Coram’s Alison Easton and Chris Archer Appointed as Recorders after Most Recent Competition

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The Lord Chief Justice has recently announced the outcome of the most recent Recorder competition. Amongst others, he has appointed Miss Alison Jane Easton and Mr James Christopher Archer of Coram

Michael Horton and Alex Laing in high-profile, finance case in the Court of Appeal

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Michael Horton and Alex Laing are pleased this week to have represented the husband in his important appeal to the Court of Appeal on an Anglo-Scottish maintenance dispute. The case focusses on the

Training on Modern Families in the Family Court

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The training in February will include Dr Bianca Jackson highlighting the relevance and implications in the Family Court looking at: Parenthood, Parental Responsibility & Child Arrangements for

Advanced ToLATA Training Offered

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Advanced ToLATA Course to be Presented by Greg Williams on Friday 16th February - Courtesy of MBL Seminars Greg Williams from our Finance Team will be presenting an Advanced ToLATA course to

Supervised Visits Overturned After Pattern of Fabricated Allegations

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High Court overturned a decision that a mother be permitted to spend time with her daughter, following a pattern of found-to-be fabricated allegations made against the father A High Court judge

Court rules on giving orphan account of parent’s death

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East London Family Court Rules: Orphan Girl should be told that her Father Killed her Mother before Killing Himself when she Comes of Age NAA was left orphaned after her father, who had a history

Head of Chambers Mark Twomey QC as well as Alex Laing will Appear in Supreme Court on Behalf of ALC

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Head of Chambers Mark Twomey QC as well as Alex Laing will Appear in Supreme Court on Behalf of ALC On 14 - 15 February 2018, Mark Twomey QC and Alex Laing will appear in the UK Supreme Court on

Alex Laing will be Speaking at the Bloomsbury Family Law Conference

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Alex Laing will be Speaking at the Bloomsbury Family Law Conference We are pleased to announce that Alex Laing is speaking on children’s evidence in family proceedings at the Bloomsbury Family

Julia Queen Provides a Roundup of 2017 Law Cases heard in the European Court of Human Rights

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Julia Queen Provides a Roundup of 2017 Law Cases heard in the European Court of Human Rights Coram’s very own passionate advocate of children’s rights, Julia Queen, provides a round of law

Welcoming Our New Tenants: Victoria Roberts and Sophie Hill

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Welcoming Our New Tenants: Victoria Roberts and Sophie Hill December was a busy month here at Coram Chambers. We are proud to announce the commencement of two new tenancies; Victoria Roberts and

Press Release – Chambers & Partners 2018

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Press Release - Chambers & Partners 2018 We are proud to announce that Coram Chambers have continued to be recognised in the Chambers & Partners 2018 edition; ranked Band 3 in Family:

The Times: Taking Charge of Chambers

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The Times wrote a special focus on those taking charge of chambers, following coverage of the Bar conference. We are delighted that Coram’s Chambers Director Sarah McCarthy is said to be a

Press Release – Legal 500 2017

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Coram Chambers have yet again been recognised as a leading set in the legal 500, achieving a tier 3 status for children law (including public and private law). “Coram Chambers is ‘always a

Welcome to the Coram 2017 annual conference

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Coram is delighted to welcome delegates from across the country to the 2017 annual conference at etc.venues Monument. The day features a diverse range of speakers and topics with a programme that

Review of Compromise in Family Law: Law and Practice by Michael Horton

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Rebecca Bailey–Harris from 1 Hare Court reviews Compromise in Family Law: Law and Practice by Michael Horton in the Spring Edition of Family Affairs; the newsletter of the Family Bar Association.