Rebecca Davies represents the mother in private children law case before s.9 judge

12 February 2024

Rebecca Davies represented a mother in private children law proceedings involving counter-allegations of domestic abuse.

She acted for her from the fact-finding to final hearing stage.

The case concerned 2 children, both below the age of 10 throughout the proceedings.

The situation was complicated by:

  • the close links between the maternal and paternal family,
  • interim orders being made by the High Court without reference to Practice Direction 12J, and
  • the interaction of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour with the applications for passport orders and port alerts
  • the need for evidence to be given from different jurisdictions.

On the mother’s behalf, Rebecca successfully argued:

  • no findings be made against her client
  • all abuse findings be made against the father, and
  • that the passport order and port alerts be discharged.

She also achieved her client’s objective in terms of a final outcome of supervised contact between the father and the children.