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the7stars foundation grants open

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Coram is again pleased to announce our partnership with the7stars foundation, a charitable foundation that works to support the most challenged under 16 year olds in the United Kingdom, assisting

Coram at the 2018 Family Law Awards

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Coram is delighted to announce its success at the 2018 Family Law Awards. This year, we had five individual nominations including Mark Twomey QC (QC of the Year), Sarah Branson and Matthew

Martha Cover – Finalist for Inspirational Woman of the Year Award

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We are proud to announce that Martha Cover, our joint head of Chambers, is a finalist for this year's Inspirational Woman of the Year (Barrister) Award. The Award is being issued by First 100

LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution – Book Published

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We are delighted to announce that Katy Rensten is a contributor to the recent publication: LGBTQ Divorce & Relationship Dissolution: Psychological and Legal Perspectives and Implications for

Litigants in Person – Inherent problems with the justice system

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Matthew Richardson has authored an article on the fundamental problems caused by the removal of legal aid, including the increase in litigants in person, which has been published on Family Law

2018 Coram Family Law Conference – Recap

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Thank you to all of our guests who attended our annual Coram Family Law Conference on 8 November 2018. We are grateful for the support we received and hope the sessions were engaging and

2019 Chambers and Partners Rankings

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We are pleased to announce that Coram Chambers was again ranked in Chambers and Partners as a leading set in Family: Children Law (including Public and Private law). We are quoted as a

2018 Legal 500 Rankings

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We are pleased to announce that Coram Chambers has maintained its Legal 500 ranking as a leading set in Children Law (including Public and Private law). It is quoted as one of the ‘strongest

The Financial Remedies Court: Latest Developments

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Matthew Richardson provided an update on the progress of the Financial Remedies Court in his latest article for Family Law Week. In his article, he discusses financial remedies news in the

Ramanjit Kang Nominated as Rising Star 2018

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Congratulations to Ramanjit Kang on her nomination as the Society of Asian Lawyers' 2018 Rising Star. The Asian Legal Awards began in 1995 as a way to promote and celebrate Asian lawyer

What Next for Deprivation of Liberty

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Mark Twomey QC and Alex Laing recently acted for a young person in T (A Child) EWCA Civ 2136, a case dealing with the inherent jurisdiction of the Court to authorise deprivation of a child's

My Mini-Pupillage at Coram

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Last week, Radha Bhatt completed a mini-pupillage with our barrister, Katy Rensten. Radha had the below to share about her experience. My mini-pupillage at Coram Chambers was an invaluable,

Public Children Law Book Launch – Recap

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Last night we celebrated the launch of Alex Laing & Dr. Bianca Jackson’s book, Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues, at the Society of Antiquaries. The book was released by Bloomsbury

Post Adoption Contact

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Dr. Bianca Jackson's latest article for Family Law Week, "Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman" examines the issue of post adoption contact after the Children and Families Act 2014. "Historically, the

Mark Twomey QC Speaks on Juvenile Justice in Kazakhstan

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Mark Twomey QC was invited to speak on 21 September at the Unicef Kazakhstan and Supreme Court Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan. He presented on the topics of Juvenile Justice and the Family Courts,

Coram Conference 2018

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CORAM CONFERENCE 2018 PROGRAMME RELEASED: BOOK YOUR TICKETS Coram Chambers is pleased to announce that this year’s Coram Conference will be held on Thursday 8 November at the Law Society. The

Coram Chambers Shortlisted in Family Law Awards

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Coram Chambers is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as Family Law Chambers of the Year (London) in this year’s Family Law Awards. The shortlist was selected by a judging panel

Back to School (Work) – Handy Updates in Family Law

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Matthew Richardson summarises some of the key practical developments in private client family law in 2018 Some key developments in private client family law have been seen in 2018, including

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