Our working arrangements during the Covid-19 public health emergency
Our barristers and staff continue to work using secure, cloud-based systems. But our chambers’ buildings remain closed until further notice.
Please send us all documents electronically and contact the clerks in advance if you are emailing large digital files or if you’re unable to email papers for any reason.
No physical deliveries can be made. This includes hand deliveries by courier or in person, and also by DX and post.
Please pay all counsel fees electronically. You can contact the clerks if you need to check our bank details.
During this time, the best way to contact us is via our clerks’ email: firstname.lastname@example.org which is monitored throughout our normal working hours (8.30am-6.30pm). If you send us a short message with your name and phone number, we will call you back urgently.
If you have an emergency or need to contact us outside normal working hours, please call our senior clerk, Ian Boardman on: 07831 234861.
Francis Hoar is instructed in the legal challenge against the UK Government’s Covid-19 ‘lockdown’ regulations (the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (England) Regulations). Judicial review proceedings were issued today.
Ruth Cabeza acted in this surrogacy case which raised an important point of law as to the jurisdiction to make a parental order under section 54 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act where the application is made by a surviving intended parent on behalf of both intended parents. The issue had not been tested in any previous cases.
Application by a father for a declaration of non-paternity and latterly, for a declaration that BT, the putative father, was the father of AS and BS pursuant to section s 55A of the Family Law Act 1986.