Family

The Family Group has considerable experience in representing parties to care and adoption proceedings in the Family Court and the High Court. Members are frequently asked to advise on related matters, such as housing, community care and immigration. This is an example of the advantages of the complementary nature of the practice groups within Field Court Chambers.

Members have considerable experience in advising and representing parties to financial remedy applications in the Family Court and the High Court. In addition, they are experienced in advising and representing parties in related applications, for example under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and Family Law Act 1996.

Members are regularly instructed by a number of Local Authorities to advise and represent them on all aspects of care proceedings and related issues. A broad cross section of private solicitors also instruct Members of Chambers to represent parents, related parties and children. The areas covered include disputed medical evidence, ‘shaken baby’ cases, factitious illness, historic abuse cases and chronic neglect. The Family Group is also experienced in representing parties to adoption proceedings and applications under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

The team’s expertise covers advising and representing on abduction matters relating to both Hague Convention and non-convention cases. Members have considerable experience in advising and representing parties in all aspects of private law applications including domestic violence injunctions, child arrangements orders, leave to remove from the jurisdiction and declaratory relief to determine specific issues (for example, sterilisation and termination cases).