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Paul Storey KC

Barrister & KC
Paul Storey KC

Barrister & KC

“Storey is Stellar” “His advocacy is outstanding, and his cross examination of experts is second to none”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Has the command of the court, his cross examination of expert witnesses is exceptionally good - he never fails to hit the spot and nail the important point”

Legal 500 2021

‘First-class for cases of alleged non-accidental injury. The best there is.’

Legal 500 - 2022

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Children Law (private and public)


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 1982
  • Silk 2001
  • Regular lecturer at national and local training days. In the past has chaired NAGALRO National Conference, lectured at the JSB / Judicial College and to the Western Circuit Judiciary at Dartington on numerous occasions.
  • Has contributed several articles to Family Law Journal and a co-written chapter on the law related to kinship care. (Assessment in Kinship Care edited by Talbot & Calder 2006).


APPOINTMENTS

  • Assistant Recorder,1999
  • Recorder,2000
  • Queen's Counsel,2001
  • Deputy High Court Judge,2004


MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • FLBA
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Lincoln's Inn


ABOUT PAUL

Paul practises mainly in the field of children law. He has extensive experience in complex and high profile High Court cases involving allegations of serious non accidental injuries and homicide especially those concerning scientific or medical issues.

He has extensive experience in Appellate work in the Court of Appeal ranging through public law cases, private law cases, those with a human rights element, paternity and disclosure. He also has significant experience in the Supreme Court, having appeared on numerous occasions.

His private law practice includes cases with LGBT issues, and those involving disclosure issues, and alleged sexual abuse. He has been involved in a number of cases concerning individuals with learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities and has a particular interest in these areas.

Inevitably, in a practice such as this, Paul’s cases regularly involve the application of the Human Rights Act 1998, in which again, he has a particular interest.

Married to Alexa Storey. Six children. Interests – spending time with my family, sport (particularly playing squash, table tennis and cycling) and watching football (season ticket at Fulham FC) and rugby (season ticket at Harlequins FC). Enjoying long walks and good wine.

 

Cyrus Larizadeh KC

Barrister & KC
Cyrus Larizadeh KC

Barrister & KC

“Cyrus is a bundle of energy and ambition. He is superb in cross examination”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“A conjurer in court and simply wonderful to see in action. When he stands up to talk, people listen.”

Legal 500 2021

Leading Silk – Ranked Tier 3

Legal 500 - 2022

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Children Law (private and public)


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 1992
  • Silk 2016
  • BA Hons – University of Kent
  • Dip Droit Francais – University of Bordeaux
  • Rothschild Scholarship – Harrow School
  • Hallett Prize for Law – University of Kent


APPOINTMENTS

  • Chair of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Contributing Editor of Rayden and Jackson on Children Law
  • Mentor and Advocacy Trainer for Inner Temple
  • Master of the Bench, Inner Temple 2018


MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Inner Temple
  • FLBA member for Bar Council Wellbeing Working Group
  • Member of the Magic Circle


ABOUT CYRUS

Cyrus is a specialist family law barrister who is highly experienced in non-accidental injury. He regularly represents Parents, Local Authorities and Children in a range of cases from international and domestic law. He deals also with Direct Access cases.

Cyrus offers expertise in cases involving sexual and emotional abuse, highly complex medical cases relating to FII and allegations of abusive trauma and causing death to children. He has been successful in many ground breaking medical cases.

He has a strong reputation for his effective advocacy and his calm, empathetic and strategic approach to all matters. He has expertise in questioning vulnerable children and adults having helped set up the pioneering FLBA advocacy and vulnerable training programme.

Cyrus has led the Family Bar during Covid 19 and helped set up the Remote Family Court. He advised on the draft Child Protection Bill of Anguilla and has trained the Bermuda Bar in advocacy and presentation of evidence.

Cyrus has led in a number of interesting , ground breaking and important guideline cases including:

  • On appellate pro bono costs in Re S (2015) UKSC 20
  • Acting for the alleged killer of Baby P
  • Successfully challenging the medical evidence in the seminal EDS case of Bucks CC v Andrews and Stilwell (2017) EWFC B19
  • On disclosure in MI5 / radicalisation case of Re X Y Z (2016) EWHC 2400
  • On private fostering arrangements in A Local Authority v AB CD EG GH (2018) EWHC 1473
  • The end of life case of Re AB (2018) EWFC 3 before Munby
  • Succeeding for an accused parent in Re AA (2019) EWFC in a 3 month sexual abuse case involving 67 ABE interviews 49 parties and 120 lawyers and a number of local authorities as well as 850 000 pages of documents
  • Guideline case on adjournment and fair hearing during Covid 19 in A Local Authority v The Mother and Others (2020) EWHC 1233 (Fam)

Owen Thomas KC

Barrister & KC
Owen Thomas KC

Barrister & KC

Chambers UK 2022:

‘A highly respected advocate whose broad knowledge covers the full family law spectrum’. Prior to taking silk in 2018 Owen had been ranked within the first band of leading juniors in family law by Chambers UK for many years. He is described as ‘a wonderful advocate’, ‘he is never ruffled by anything – he makes the most complex matters look easy and relaxes clients with his approach’, ‘outstanding advocacy: he was incredibly impressive in the courtroom’, ‘ a fighter with a real gift for oratory’, ‘always effective in terms of the case he puts on behalf of his client. He is very calm and measured and able to communicate effectively at all levels’

Legal 500 2021:  recommended as a Leading Silk

“An experienced family law generalist.” “highly recommended for a broad spectrum of family matters”

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Children Law (Public and Private)


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 1994
  • Silk 2018
  • Wadham College, Oxford (BA, Jurisprudence)
  • Inns of Court School of Law London


APPOINTMENTS

  • Head of Family Team – 9 Park Place Chambers, Cardiff


MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Wales & Chester Circuit
  • Gray’s Inn

ABOUT OWEN

Owen Thomas KC is a very experienced family law specialist who has been consistently highly recommended in the field since his early days of practice.

Owen’s first case in silk was in Hull, where he has since appeared in the Family and High Courts on many occasions, including recently leading for the local authority in a case involving complex allegations of sexual abuse against multiple adults against multiple children. The trial ran to some four months and involved six silks, five leading juniors and eleven juniors.

Owen acts for parents, relatives, intervenors and children as well as for local authorities.

During the past year, Owen has appeared in cases involving the death of a child, abusive head trauma, inflicted injuries, FII, sexual abuse and serious emotional harm.

Within the private law field, Owen appears in complex fact-finding hearings and those proceedings involving high conflict.

The cases in which Owen appears often involve complex issues of expert and medical evidence, calling for experienced and skilful cross-examination.

He regularly appears in cases where children (as victims and perpetrators) give oral evidence and in many more where there are contested issues of whether they should do so or not.

Owen has appeared in many cases involving vulnerable adults and is fully conversant with the availability of special measures and is experienced in working alongside intermediaries.

From Burry Port in South Wales, Owen was educated at Ysgol Gyfun y Strade in Llanelli and read law at Wadham College, Oxford before going to the Inns of Court School of Law in London.

Barristers

Naomi M Madderson

Head of Chambers & Barrister
Naomi M Madderson

Head of Chambers & Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Court of Protection
Financial Remedy (Civil Partnership, Marriage & Cohabitation)
Mediation (Family, Financial Remedy, Marriage & Cohabitation)

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, University of Liverpool (Distinction)
BPTC at BPP, 2003 (Outstanding)
FLBA National Committee Member 2020
FLBA National Committee Member, 2012-2014
Elected Member of The Bar Council, 2012-2014

Scholarships/Affiliations:

Member of President of the Family Division Working Group on Experts 2019-2020
Member of Education & Training Sub-Committee, The Bar Council, 2012-2018
Member of the ADR Sub-Committee, The Bar Council 2012-2018
Member of the Social Mobility Sub-Committee, The Bar Council 2012-2018
Registered Pupil Supervisor, 2015
Shakespeare Memorial Scholarship, 2002
Contributor to the Family Law Journal 2020

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

North Eastern Circuit
Gray’s Inn
FLBA
Bar Pro Bono Unit – active member

"A very skillful advocate who has the ability to elicit responses to undermine opponent's cases whilst presenting the case of their client. Very knowledgeable on legal argument. A favourite Barrister and highly regarded on the Circuit."

Legal 500 - 2021

‘Naomi has a fantastic strategic mind. She has immense energy and resilience, an exceptional eye for detail, and her advocacy is excellent. A silk in the making.’

Legal 500 - 2022

ABOUT NAOMI

Called to the Bar in 2003, Naomi specialises in a whole range of children related disputes with an emphasis on complex public law cases concerning non-accidental injury to children and sexual abuse. Her public law work extends to the most complex types of physical, sexual and neglect cases alongside complicated medical cases involving a number of medical experts. She appears in all tiers of the court and is dedicated to providing a professional and friendly outlook, putting her clients at ease.

Persuasive and hard-working, Naomi represents parents and children in private law matters, including internal relocation and removal from the jurisdiction and intractable contact and residence disputes. She represents clients requesting financial remedy, recognising the advantage to the client of being able to provide advice in relation of both financial and private law.

Naomi has a particular interest in Judicial Review claims. She offers mediation to public bodies and individuals as a means of reaching settlement where possible, as an alternative yet conciliatory approach.

As part of her Court of Protection practice, Naomi further deals with vulnerable adults who lack capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, care, contact and residence issues, appointment of deputies and disputes over registration of powers of attorney, deprivation of liberty, forced marriage and medical treatment decisions.

Legal 500 - 'She is carving out a high quality childcare practice, and is destined to go far'

Chambers & Partners - A family law specialist who receives instructions on a number of complex care proceedings, including allegations of sexual abuse and contested placement orders. 

“Naomi Madderson has on numerous occasions provided my clients with a service that is second to none.  She is always very well prepared for hearings and always provides feedback from the hearing at the first available opportunity.”

Legal 500 - ‘She is user-friendly and down to earth.’

Legal 500 - Top-grade junior.

Andrew Comaish

Barrister
Andrew Comaish

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Court of Protection
Financial Remedy (Civil Partnership, Marriage & Cohabitation)

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Robinson College, Cambridge – 1988
BSc Hons Psychology, Open University

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

North Eastern Circuit
Middle Temple – Call 1989
FLBA

ABOUT ANDREW

Andrew is a highly recommended family law specialist. He appears at all levels of the Family Courts and is known for his methodical and insightful approach to case preparation and client care.

Andrew has extensive experience of applications for Financial Remedy, including urgent applications for Freezing Injunctions. He is regularly instructed for individuals of high net worth, farmers, complex business and pension arrangements, the armed forces and those with substantial assets in diverse foreign jurisdictions. Andrew appears in proceedings involving trusts and trusts of land and financial disputes between married and cohabiting individuals.

Andrew has developed an extensive Public Law practise. He accepts instructions for Local Authorities, parents, other family members and the Children’s Guardian. Andrew has experience of cases involving the most serious allegations of child abuse, including non-accidental injuries, child fatality, head injury, poisoning, sexual abuse, FII and neglect. He has acted for the most vulnerable of clients, including those with mental health difficulties and children themselves accused of perpetrating abuse. Andrew also accepts instructions relating to the discharge of Care Orders, SGOs and adoption.

Andrew regularly appears in Private Law proceedings for parents or on behalf of the Children’s Guardian. These include residence and contact disputes and Fact Finding hearings relating to the most serious of allegations. Andrew also conducts cases involving removal from the jurisdiction whether by application or for return pursuant to the Hague Convention.

John Dunning

Barrister
John Dunning

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Law

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

St Andrews University

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Call 1973
East Riding Education Appeal Panel
Chair of the Appeal of the University of York
North East Circuit

ABOUT JOHN

John Dunning initially practised from chambers in the Inner Temple, London EC4. He has worked virtually all the Crown Courts in London and the South East circuit.

After moving north, he quickly re-established himself as an experienced criminal advocate, initially in Leeds, and more latterly in Hull.

He specialises in serious criminal work; homicide, serious violence, sexual offences, fraud and other dishonesty, drugs offences and trading standards and regulatory matters.

John has also a developed interest in education law and is a member of both the Hull and East Riding Independent Appeal panels.

Sarah Fearon

Barrister
Sarah Fearon

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Court of Protection
Financial Remedy

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law with German, University of Sheffield
Bar Vocational Course, Nottingham Law School (Very Competent)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

North Eastern Circuit – Executive Committee
Middle Temple
FLBA

Positions held

Wellbeing Junior - North Eastern Circuit
Advocacy Trainer - North Eastern Circuit
Wellbeing Representative - Hull & Grimsby DFJ’s Working Group

"Sarah has an excellent working knowledge of all areas of child protection law and procedure. She has a good eye for detail and her analysis is first class. She works particularly well in pressured situations such as contested removal cases on which she has been instructed at short notice. She has excellent interpersonal skills and a calming presence both inside and outside the courtroom."

Legal 500 - 2021

‘Sarah’s advice is balanced and clear. She builds good rapport with clients, and her analytical skills and attention to detail are second to none.

Legal 500 - 2022

ABOUT SARAH

Sarah Fearon was called to the Bar in 2000. Sarah is a specialist family practitioner who is routinely instructed by Local Authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber as well as in Lincolnshire. She also regularly represents parents, grandparents, intervenors and children in some of the most complex family public and private law cases heard in the Hull and Grimsby Family Courts as well as further afield. Sarah appears at all tiers of the Family Courts.

Sarah represents the interests of Local Authorities, parents, grandparents, intervenors and children at all stages of proceedings. She conducts lengthy and complex cases, often led by Queen’s Counsel as well as acting as Leading Junior. Sarah has a particular interest in matters involving non-accidental injury and sexual abuse.

Sarah is regularly instructed in Private Family proceedings involving residence and contact disputes. She undertakes Domestic Abuse and injunctive relief from the initial ex-parte application through to committal proceedings. Sarah is regularly instructed in matters with an international element, including removal from jurisdiction, conflict of jurisdiction and Article 15 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 (Brussels IIA).

Sarah accepts instructions in matters of Financial Remedy and has a keen interest in proceedings heard in the Court of Protection. Sarah regularly provides training seminars and workshops for Local Authorities, solicitors and members of Chambers in relation to Family Law and Court of Protection.

David Godfrey

Barrister
David Godfrey

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Crime
Military Law
Misconduct Hearings
Children – Private

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

History, University of Leicester, 2000
PgDL, College of Law, York, 2002
LPC, College of Law, York, 2004
RAF Cranwell – Officer Training, 2006

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, 2006
Inner Temple, Call 2013
North East Circuit
CBA

ABOUT DAVID

In a varied career David has both defended and prosecuted a huge number of different crimes. Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2004 he joined the Royal Air Force Legal Service and gained vast experience representing the legal interests of soldiers and their families all over the world. During this period, he became the first service lawyer to enter the Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, during a protracted gross negligence manslaughter investigation.

David left the RAF in 2013 and transferred to the Bar joining 37 Park Square Chambers. He has developed a busy criminal practice in Hull and Grimsby Crown Court - work encompassing offences such as murder, rape, aggravated burglary, assault of all kinds, death by careless and dangerous driving, drug offences (including supply and vast cultivation), harassment, intimidation, large scale dishonesty, perverting the course of justice and wilful neglect.

David regularly defends in all kinds of sexual cases (including rape, indecent assault, assault by penetration, sexual activity with a child, possession and distribution of child pornography) including allegations going back many decades.

David has significant experience of representing the interests of Police Officers at Misconduct Hearings.

Further he is forging a practice in private children law matters building on his experience of representing the interests of parents during his time as an RAF Lawyer.

Gaynor Hall

Barrister
Gaynor Hall

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Court of Protection

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, University of Hull, 1992
Solicitor’s Final Examinations, College of Law, York, 1993
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, 1995
Qualified Solicitor-Advocate Higher Rights (Civil)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

North Eastern Circuit
Inner Temple
Family Law Bar Association

Legal 500 2022:

Instructing Gaynor is a joy – she is the perfect combination of tenacity and grit with a down to earth, no nonsense approach. She is an engaging and clever advocate.’

Legal 500 2021:

Ms Hall is a hard-working and thorough advocate. She fights hard on behalf of her clients whilst maintaining a professional and empathetic approach. She is extremely well respected by her peers in the legal community and is always approachable for advice'

ABOUT GAYNOR

Gaynor is a former solicitor-advocate with over 25 years of experience specialising in Family Law, particularly in public law children proceedings.  She qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and as member of the Law Society Children Panel in 2000 before being called to the Bar in 2013.

Gaynor represents local authorities, parents, interveners, family members and children of all ages. She has extensive experience in public law children proceedings including Secure Accommodation applications, Special Guardianship applications, Inherent Jurisdiction/Deprivation of Liberty applications and Children Act/Care/Placement and Adoption applications.

She is regularly instructed in the most complex and lengthy public law cases involving non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse. She has considerable experience of representing vulnerable adults and children including representing parties through the Official Solicitor. Gaynor appears in all tiers of the Court and frequently acts as Leading Junior in lengthy cases.

Mohammed Rafiq

Barrister & Commercial Mediator
Mohammed Rafiq

Barrister & Commercial Mediator

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Crime
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil
  • Matrimonial
  • Family


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 1980 practising since 2014
  • Ran own Solicitors’ firms Rafiq Partnership and Rafiq & Co in Leeds, Manchester, and Bradford 1990-2014
  • Law Degree – Nottingham University


APPOINTMENTS

  • Barrister – New Park Court Chambers – Leeds and Newcastle
  • Solicitor – Rafiq Partnership and Rafiq & Co
  • Barrister – Leeds Law Centre
  • Door Tenant – 33 Bedford Row, London

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Crime Duty Solicitor Accredited
  • Member of the Bar Council


ABOUT MOHAMMED

Mohammed Rafiq is a highly experienced and multi-faceted Barrister who specialises in criminal cases as well as acting in civil disputes, matrimonial and family law, and personal injury.

Mohammed was called to the Bar in 1980 and began practising in 2014 after spending 24 years running his own solicitors’ practices in Leeds, Manchester, and Bradford, where he specialised in criminal and immigration law.

Mohammed spent several years working at the Leeds Law Centre as a Barrister supporting with criminal, immigration and civil law and speaks several languages including Urdu, Hindu, Punjabi, some Persian and Arabic and some Eastern European languages.

In his spare time Mohammed enjoys sport, exercise, and international cooking.

Patrick Taylor

Barrister & Commercial Mediator
Patrick Taylor

Barrister & Commercial Mediator

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Chancery and Commercial / Civil
  • Construction & Building Disputes
  • Commercial Mediation


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 2017
  • Solicitor 1996
  • Accredited and Registered Mediator


APPOINTMENTS

  • Barrister
  • Commercial Mediator
  • Solicitor

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • CEDR Trained Mediator
  • Civil Mediation Council Registered Mediator
  • Association of Midlands Mediators
  • Association of Northern Mediators
  • Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • TECBAR
  • The European Air Law Association
  • Aviation Club UK


ABOUT PATRICK

Patrick Taylor is a highly experienced civil and commercial litigator and mediator with advanced technical skills. Patrick, a CAA qualified Pilot specialises in construction, commercial litigation (including aviation) mediation.

Patrick was called to the Bar in 2017 following a career as a solicitor since 1996.

He has worked with small to medium sized businesses in the construction industry since 1990, bringing claims against construction professionals (architects and surveyors).

Patrick particularly enjoys any opportunity to use his interest and knowledge of aviation in connection with his practice as a barrister and mediator.

Patrick was accredited by CEDR in 2001 for his strong mediation skills and has been involved in several hundreds of mediations in his career.

Patrick is recognised by the Legal 500 [2020] as a Leading Mediator.

‘Patrick Taylor has gravitas; he is relaxed, focused, builds rapport, and gently guides parties to settlement‘.

Legal 500 - 2022

Joanna Hawkett

Barrister
Joanna Hawkett

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children - Private

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, University of Hull, 2004 (First Class)
LPC, University of Law, York, 2012 (Distinction)
BPTC, Northumbria University, 2015 (Outstanding)

Prizes:

Certificate of Honour, Northumbria University, 2015
JJ Powell Prize, Northumbria University, 2015

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Middle Temple
North Eastern Circuit
FLBA

ABOUT JOANNA

Joanna is instructed in cases across a broad spectrum of family law and has a strong and busy practice in private and public law cases involving children. Joanna appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Protection.

Joanna acts in matters involving contact and residence disputes and is instructed regularly in matters of specific issues and prohibited steps, including disputes relating to internal relocation, medical intervention and education. Joanna is instructed for fact-find hearings concerning allegations including sexual abuse, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug misuse and non-accidental injury.

Joanna acts for all parties in public law proceedings relating to children, including local authorities, parents, grandparents, intervenors, vulnerable adults through the Official Solicitor and children through their Children’s Guardians. She has experience in matters of forced marriage, non-accidental injury, neglect, substance misuse, domestic and sexual abuse and mental health.

Joanna accepts instructions in relation to emergency hearings, contested interim removal hearings, finding of fact hearings, contested final hearings and adoption including leave to oppose.

Francesca V Steels

Barrister
Francesca V Steels

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children - Private

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, Lancaster University, 2011 (2:1)
BPTC, The University of Law, 2012 (Very Competent)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Middle Temple
North Eastern Circuit
FLBA

ABOUT FRANCESCA

Francesca practises in all areas of family law, including applications for injunctive relief under the Family Law Act 1996 and private and public proceedings involving children.

Francesca has developed an extensive practice within public law proceedings. She regularly represents local authorities in cases involving sexual abuse, domestic abuse, substance misuse, chronic neglect and non-accidental injury. She has acted as junior counsel in lengthy and complex matters on numerous occasions appearing on behalf of both the Local Authority and the child. Francesca also accepts instructions on behalf of parents, grandparents, children and the Children’s Guardian.

Francesca also accepts instructions in relation to emergency hearings, contested interim removal hearings, finding of fact hearings and contested final hearings.

Francesca regularly appears in private law proceedings, acting for parents and grandparents in matters of contact and residence disputes and applications under the Child Arrangements Programme. She appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court.

She is known for her approachable demeanour and regularly represents vulnerable individuals.

‘Francesca always strives to deliver the best service. When she is acting for local authorities, she builds a good rapport with our social workers, which puts them at ease.’

Legal 500 - 2022

Kylie Peach

Barrister
Kylie Peach

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Crime

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, University of Hull, 2011 (2:1)
LPC, University of Law, 2012 (Distinction)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Inner Temple
North Eastern Circuit
Women Lawyers of Yorkshire
FLBA
CBA
CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor

ABOUT KYLIE

Kylie qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate before transferring to the Bar. With over 10 years’ experience of practising in the Civil, Family and Criminal Courts.

Family Law

Kylie appears in all areas of public and private family law proceedings. She accepts instructions on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, family members and children, appearing in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court.

Kylie has experience of representing parents in care proceedings including, Finding of Fact Hearings where there have been allegations of sexual abuse, domestic abuse and alcohol and drug misuse. In addition, Kylie is regularly instructed to represent clients in private law disputes involving applications under the Child Arrangements Programme, including change of residence, contact orders, specific issue and prohibited steps.

Kylie has experience representing vulnerable individuals, adults and children, including parties represented by the Official Solicitor.

Kylie has experience conducting her own lengthy hearings and has been led by Queen’s Counsel and Junior Counsel on numerous occasions. Most recently Kylie was led by Miss Naomi Madderson in a 5 week case which involved extremely complex medical evidence and allegations of non-accidental injuries.

Kylie regularly accepts instructions on very short notice and represents clients from the first hearing through to final hearing.

Criminal Law

Kylie accepts instructions for the Prosecution and the Defence, appearing in both the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. Kylie has experience of a broad range of matters, including cases involving, sexual offences, dishonesty, violence, domestic violence and possession and supply of drugs. Kylie acts from first appearance through to trial and, if required, appeal.

Kylie is known for her down to earth approach and ability to communicate well with both those that she represents and those that instruct her.

Neelam Mall

Barrister
Neelam Mall

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Family Law:
Children – Public
Children – Private
Financial remedy

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Law, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2014 (First Class)
BPTC, BPP Law School, 2015 (Very Competent)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Inner Temple
North Eastern Circuit
FLBA

ABOUT NEELAM

Neelam is a junior barrister who accepts instructions across all areas of family matters including public and private family law and financial remedy.

Neelam has built upon her reputation as an approachable and effective advocate, who is committed to achieving the best outcomes for her clients.

In public law proceedings, Neelam regularly represents the Local Authority, parents and the Guardian. Neelam regularly advises and represent client’s involved the following issues: non-accidental harm, sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcohol and substance misuse and mental health. Neelam is also frequently in urgent hearings for removal, Emergency Protection Orders and Deprivation of Liberty Orders.

She has also been instructed as Junior Counsel on several lengthy and complex cases involving issues of serious sexual abuse.

Neelam has a particular interest in private family law. She represents parents and family members in disputes relating to living and contact arrangements, specific issues and prohibited steps. Neelam has a particular interest in cases of domestic abuse and is regularly instructed to represent parties in contested Finding of Fact hearings. She also represents clients in applications for injunctive relief.

Neelam is also available to provide advices in family law and on the grounds and merits of an appeal.

Benjamin Donnell

Barrister
Benjamin Donnell

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Criminal law
  • Civil law
  • Family Law


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BPTC BPP Law School, Manchester
  • LLB (Hons), Newcastle University


APPOINTMENTS

  • Pupil Barrister – Estuary Chambers
  • County Court Advocate – LPC Law
  • Master of Moots – BPC Law School and The Eldon Society


ABOUT BENJAMIN

Benjamin joins Crown Chambers following a Pupillage supervised by David Godfrey at Estuary Chambers in Hull and was Called to the Bar in 2017. Prior to this Benjamin spend 2 years as a County Court Advocate with LPC Law attending hearings across the North relating to housing matters. Benjamin won various competitions and was appointed as Master of Moots at both BPC Law School and The Eldon Society.

Benjamin joins the team at Crown Chambers to specialise in criminal and civil law matters and enjoys a varied range of cases. Benjamin will also accept instructions for family law matters.

Olivia Bennyworth

Barrister
Olivia Bennyworth

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family law
  • Police Law

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BPTC, BPP University Leeds (2015)
  • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds

 

APPOINTMENTS

  • Northampton Chambers
  • Law Costs Draftsman
  • Senior Legal Officer – Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police

 

ABOUT OLIVIA

Olivia was called to the Bar in 2015 following working as a Law Costs Draftsman for 3.5 years gaining vital experience and an understanding of both civil and family law. Olivia has also spent time in a number of specialist police law areas before coming to the Bar as she worked as the Senior Legal Officer at Humberside Police.

Olivia specialises in family law proceedings including children law (private and public), domestic abuse, divorce and ancillary relief. Olivia will also accept instructions in respect of Police law applications.

Sarah Middleton

Barrister
Sarah Middleton

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law
  • Regulatory Law


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 2021
  • Law Degree LLB (Hons) University of Leicester - First Class 2002
  • LPC - College of Law - Distinction 2003
  • Qualified solicitor 2005
  • Higher Rights (Criminal) Solicitor-Advocate 2010


APPOINTMENTS

  • Senior Prosecutor- Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Legally Qualified Chair for Police Misconduct Hearings for the North East Region
  • Legal Advisor Family and Crime – Magistrates Court
  • Senior Lawyer – Environment Agency
  • Assistant Force Solicitor – Humberside and South Yorkshire Police

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Middle Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)


ABOUT SARAH

Sarah Middleton is a qualified Solicitor recently called to the Bar and a member of the Middle Temple and Family Law Bar Association (FLBA). Sarah was previously a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and is a Legally Qualified Chair for Police Misconduct Hearings for police forces in the North-East region.

Sarah joins Crown Chambers to practise in Family Law and accepts instructions in both private law and public law cases.

Sarah also accepts instructions in regulatory proceedings. Through her previous roles with the Environment Agency and Humberside and South Yorkshire Police Sarah has developed an extensive knowledge of regulatory law. Sarah has vast experience in police misconduct work and coronial law.

Sarah is an experienced advocate and has appeared regularly before the Magistrates Courts, Crown Courts, Coroner’s Courts and in professional disciplinary proceedings.

Michelle Boyeson

Barrister
Michelle Boyeson

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 2021
  • Law & Criminology Degree BA (Hons) University of Lincoln - 2000
  • Qualified solicitor 2007
  • LPC - College of Law - 2006


APPOINTMENTS

  • Senior Prosecutor- Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • Assistant Force Solicitor – Humberside and South Yorkshire Police
  • Legal Advisor HMCTS Family and Crime – Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) - Magistrates Court

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Middle Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)


ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle Boyeson is a qualified Solicitor with 14 year’s experience who has recently been called to the Bar. She is a member of the Middle Temple and Family Law Bar Association (FLBA).

Through her previous roles with HMCTS, Humberside and South Yorkshire Police and the CPS, Michelle has developed an extensive knowledge of the court systems in both family, crime and operational police applications.

Michelle is an experienced advocate having appeared before the Family and Magistrates courts daily for the majority of her career.  She is known for her friendly approachable nature and joins

Crown Chambers to practise in Family Law accepting instructions in both private law and public law cases together with Criminal Law.

Grace Flint

Barrister
Grace Flint

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar 2011
  • Law Degree LLB (Hons) – University of Hull 2010
  • Bar Professional Training Course – Nottingham Law School 2011
  • Legal Practice Course – Nottingham Law School 2016
  • Qualified Solicitor 2018

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Inner Temple

 

ABOUT GRACE

Grace decided upon an alternative route to the Bar by working in a law firm as an advocate to develop and enhance her legal skills, utilise her advocacy qualification and learn to build a rapport with clients from all sections of society. During this time Grace attended a wide variety of Court hearings ranging from Pre-Action Disclosure hearings, interlocutory applications, case management hearings to infant approval hearings and Stage 3 hearings. This experience has enabled her to fully understand the needs and demands of solicitors and lay clients.

Working in Personal Injury has equipped Grace to analyse complex and technical medical records and reports. Grace is familiar with the medical technical jargon and issues concerning causation and pre-existing conditions.

Grace has experience in Family Law having acted for parents in Care Proceedings and dealing with Private Law Children matters. Grace previously acted for clients in a range of litigated matters including Multi-Track Civil Litigation Disputes, Personal Injury claims and Employment matters.

In the last 2 and a half years, as a qualified solicitor, Grace has focussed on Family Law and represented clients from PLO through to Issues Resolution Hearings and Final Hearings.

 

 

 

 

Kimberley Gordhandas

Barrister
Kimberley Gordhandas

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law - Children Private and Children Public
  • Civil Law

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar: 2009
  • Law LLB Honours (2:1): Newcastle University
  • BVC, BPP Law School, Leeds 2009 (Very Competent)

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Middle Temple
  • Kirklees School Appeal Panel Member

 

ABOUT KIM

Kim joins the team at Crown Chambers to specialise in Family and Civil Law.

Kim took an alternative route to the Bar and worked for 12 years as an advocate specialising in Civil Law. Kim has gained extensive experience appearing in the County Courts on a wide range of civil hearings and trials.

In her Family practice, Kim accepts instructions across all areas of Family Law including public and private law. Kim brings her unique background and experience of being a foster career to her work.

Natalie Tindall

Barrister
Natalie Tindall

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law - Children Private and Children Public
  • Financial Remedy

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Called to the Bar: 2022
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree - Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law, York
  • Master's Degree in Law - Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Higher Rights Solicitor (Civil and Crime

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Middle Temple

ABOUT NATALIE

Natalie joins Crown Chambers to specialise in Family Law with a wealth of experience.

Natalie has vast experience of public law children act proceedings and in private practice received instructions from parties and Children's Guardians. She has experience of complex public law matters including cases of non-accidental injury, physical harm and neglect and sexual harm.

In 2013 Natalie went on to work for the Local Authority in a Senior Solicitor role and has worked with and for several Local Authorities representing Children's Services in care proceedings. In her last role she was appointed Principal Solicitor in 2018 and she managed the Local Authority Child Protection Legal team whilst continuing to hold a complex and large caseload.

Benjamin Hammersley

Barrister
Benjamin Hammersley

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Crime
  • Family

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • LLB Law and Politics – University of Manchester 2016
  • BPTC & LLM Manchester Metropolitan University 2019
  • Called to the Bar 2019

 

APPOINTMENTS/MEMBERSHIPS

  • CPS General Crime Panel - Grade 2
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers Association – North Eastern Circuit Representative
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Bar Association

 

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

  • Major BTPC scholarship – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Middle Temple - Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize for highest scoring student in his BPTC cohort

 

ABOUT BENJAMIN

Benjamin joined Crown Chambers in January 2022 after completing a mixed pupillage under the supervision of David Godfrey.

Benjamin has a rapidly expanding Crown Court practice, and having been appointed to the CPS General Crime Panel at Grade 2 before the end of pupillage has developed a keen interest in prosecution work. As well as dealing with issues including burglary and domestic violence, of particular significance has been a case of cannabis production that involved the modern slavery defence and was heavily reliant on cell site data.

In his family law practice Benjamin has dealt predominantly with public law matters for parents and Local Authorities alike at all stages of proceedings from urgent interim care orders through to multiple day final hearings. Benjamin also has a developing private law practice with a particular interest in domestic abuse having done extensive research on the subject as part of his masters.

Prior to pupillage Benjamin spent time undertaking work alongside his studies in the personal injury departments of different law firms, and as a self-employed County Court advocate conducting hearings on a range of civil matters including a number of small claims trials. Benjamin also previously spent time working for the University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre, and volunteering at the Personal Support Unit in the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

Hannah Turner

Barrister
Hannah Turner

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Criminal
  • Family

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • (M) Law – Northumbria University 2019
  • BPTC – Northumbria University 2017 - 2019
  • Called to the Bar 2019

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Paralegal – Jason Elliott Associates

ABOUT HANNAH

Hannah joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in January 2021 following her studies of the combined (M) Law qualification at Northumbria University. Following her studies, she was the winner of the Linda Sykes Memorial Award for achieving the highest overall grade in her cohort.

She has since gained work experience as a Paralegal, carrying out a wide variety of work, predominantly focused on criminal appeals and parole hearings. In her spare time Hannah has spent time volunteering with a local homeless shelter.

Hannah is passionate on the law around sexual offences and wrote her dissertation on consent and the effects of alcohol upon complainants.

Rebecca Wilkinson

Barrister
Rebecca Wilkinson

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Criminal
  • CPS Prosecutor Grade 1

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA Honours Law LLB – University of Liverpool 2019 - First Class
  • BPP Master of Laws LLM 2020 - Distinction
  • Called to the Bar 2021

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
  • Inner Temple

AWARDS

  • BPP Excellence Award
  • Julian Linskill Prize for Criminal Evidence (University of Liverpool)

ABOUT REBECCA

Rebecca joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in January 2021 following the completion of her legal studies during which she also undertook voluntary work and work experience in the legal sector. Rebecca has won a number of competitions during her studies, including the Julian Linskill prize for performance in criminal evidence at the University of Liverpool, and the BPP excellence scholarship. Rebecca has volunteered in the Duty Solicitor Housing Scheme in Leeds shadowing the Duty Solicitor and supporting with an employment law telephone advice line in the summer of 2020.

Jazmine Lee

Barrister
Jazmine Lee

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Crime – Level 1 CPS Prosecutor
  • Public Family Law.
  • Private Family Law

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Law – Law LLB (2.1)
  • BPP Law School – BPTC LLM (Distinction)
  • Called to the Bar 2019

 

AWARDS

  • Sir William Utting Prize for History, Law, Politics and Economics
  • BPP’s Advocate of the Year – Runner up (financial award)
  • Broadway House Plea in Mitigation Competition – Runner up

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • The Inner Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • JUSTICE

 

NOTABLE CASES

R v Maw [2022] – represented the Defendant in his sentencing hearing for indecent images offences

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-60262983

R v Isherwood [2022] – prosecuted the Defendant in his sentencing hearing for burglary

https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/evil-hull-man-who-targeted-7070275

 

ABOUT JAZMINE

Jazmine joined Crown Chambers Pupillage programme in January 2021 following a number of years studying law and gaining valuable work experience. Subsequently, Jazmine became a tenant in January 2022. Jazmine has worked as a Legal Assistant for a Personal Injury Barrister as well as completing a paid internship with JUSTICE focusing on Criminal Justice, Human Rights and access to justice – which is where her interest lies.

Jazmine frequently prosecutes and defends in the Magistrates Court and has recently become a CPS Grade 1 Prosecutor. Since practising, Jazmine has been involved in matters concerning dishonesty, violence and public disorder.

In the Family arena, Jazmine has been involved in a number of matters in public and private law. Jazmine represents local authorities, parents, grandparents and the Children’s Guardian in care proceedings. Jazmine also regularly appears in private law proceedings in matters of contact disputes, specific issue applications and contested hearings such as non-molestation order applications.

 

 

Sam Sharp

Barrister
Sam Sharp

Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Crime
  • Prison

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA(Hons) Politics - University of Newcastle 2015
  • LLB(Hons) Law    - University of Leeds 2018
  • LLM in Legal Practice (Distinction) - BBP University 2018
  • Called to the Bar 2019

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Gray’s Inn

ABOUT SAM

Sam completed pupillage under the supervision of Naomi Madderson in January 2022 during which he had the opportunity to shadow a range of very experienced and highly regarded barristers from Chambers. He now accepts instructions across family, crime and prison law matters.

He frequently appears in the Magistrates Court for both the prosecution and defence, dealing with matters such as ABH, common assault, theft and environmental offences.

Sam is also a Grade 1 Prosecutor regularly undertaking sentences, PTPHs and bail applications at the Crown Court.

In relation to Family Law, Sam has experience in a range of matters in both private law proceedings relating to children and care proceedings. Sam has previously undertaken civil cases in the county court including issues over landlord and tenant matters. Furthermore, Sam has prior experience in representing clients in civil mediations. Additionally prior to pupillage Sam worked as a paralegal with include dealing with employment matters.

Sam also has a particular interest in prison law and regularly advises on parole hearings and appears at in person hearings across the North East.

Prior to Sam undertaking pupillage, he worked on a number of Pro Bono projects including the Justice Project and Mock Trial Experience in which he won awards for his commitment. In addition to this Sam has also volunteered with a domestic abuse charity working with vulnerable male victims.

Bede Porter

Pupil Barrister
Bede Porter

Pupil Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Criminal

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • LLM – Northumbria University - 2018
  • BPTC – Northumbria University – 2018
  • GDL – Northumbria University – 2017
  • BA Hons in Combined Honours majoring in History - Newcastle University - 2016
  • Called to the Bar 2018 by Inner Temple
  • Member of the FLBA

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Durham County Council – Legal Assistant
  • Carr & Co Solicitors – Legal Assistant
  • Quest Legal Advocates – County Court Advocate
  • Lawyers Without Borders – Intern
  • Support Through Court – Volunteer

AWARDS

  • Major Exhibition Award from Inner Temple
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
  • Woon Human Rights Award

ABOUT BEDE

Bede joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in October 2021 having spent two years working for Durham County Council. Within this role, Bede gained extensive experience of the function of a local authority and carried out legal work with a particular focus on care proceedings and the PLO process, advising education appeals panels, and working alongside various police forces to provide disclosure. Prior to joining the local authority, Bede worked for a private practice solicitors’ firm in the family department whilst also practicing as a self-employed consulting advocate; during this time Bede represented clients at application hearings for non-molestation orders, infant approval hearings, and small claim final hearings.

Since starting the practicing part of his pupillage in April 2022, Bede has quickly developed a practice in both private and public children law, domestic violence proceedings, and both Crown and Magistrates’ Court criminal proceedings.

  • Bede has successfully represented applicants and defendants within applications for non-molestation orders, including on one occasion obtaining a costs order against the applicant.
  • Bede has represented applicants throughout all stages of private law children proceedings, from first appearances to FHDRAs and Final Hearings, having also represented vulnerable clients and cross-examined professional witnesses.
  • Bede has represented local authorities in ICO, removal, and other case management hearings.
  • Bede has represented respondents in care proceeding final hearings, including on one occasion obtaining an adjournment on the day of trial for further assessment of his client, despite the application being opposed by all other parties to proceedings.
  • Bede is a CPS Level 1 prosecutor and regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court.
  • Bede has also appeared in the Crown Court as an agent for the CPS in committal hearings and bail applications.

Bede also continues to accept instruction in respect of small claims final hearings, with a particular interest in contract disputes having completed a master’s in contract law.

TESTIMONIALS

‘Bede was excellent.  He explained the process, and the possible outcomes and options.  He supported [the client] really well through [the] ordeal and his debriefing afterwards and suggestions for the future issues were most helpful.  We would have no hesitation in requesting his services again should they be needed.’

Olivia McGeeney

Pupil Barrister
Olivia McGeeney

Pupil Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Criminal

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BPTC/LLM – BPP University Manchester – 2020
  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Liverpool - 2018
  • Called to the Bar 2021

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Sir Thomas More Scholarship – awarded by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship – awarded by BPP University

 

ABOUT OLIVIA

Olivia joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in October 2021 having spent nine months providing advocacy for young people involved in SEND processes with Sheffield City Council, where she obtained legal qualifications in SEN Law. This followed completion of the BPTC where she was awarded the Sir Thomas More Scholarship from The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and an Academic Excellence Scholarship from BPP University. Olivia was Called to the Bar in October 2021.

Olivia is passionate about supporting young people and allowing their voices to be heard in family proceedings. She has developed her skills and qualifications accordingly, notably completing her dissertation on children’s views in family proceedings. Olivia was involved in the early stages of establishing a ‘Young Peoples Voice and Influence Group’ in Sheffield to support young people to have their voices heard and influence local policy in the area.

Olivia will initially work alongside supervisor David Godfrey on criminal law matters before moving into family work during the second part of her pupillage.

Harry Bradford

Pupil Barrister
Harry Bradford

Pupil Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Criminal

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BPC – University of Law Manchester 2021
  • GDL – University of Law Chester 2020
  • MSc in Forensic Linguistics – Bangor University 2014
  • BA Honours English Literature and Language – 2013
  • Called to the Bar by Inner Temple - 2021
  • Member of the FLBA

 

AWARDS

  • The Dean's Award for Excellence 2021
  • Advocacy Scholarship 2021

 

ABOUT HARRY

Harry joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in October 2021 and since beginning the practicing portion of pupillage he has quickly gained extensive experience and practices in criminal law and, public and private children law.

  • Harry is a CPS Level 1 prosecutor and regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Harry has experience of advocacy and representation in the Crown Court where he has appeared as a representative of the Crown in multiple Committals for Sentence.
  • Harry has successfully represented applicants with applications for non-molestation orders.
  • Harry has represented applicants throughout all stages of private law children proceedings, from first appearances to FHDRAs and Final Hearings.
  • Harry has represented the Local Authority in public law children proceedings and in private prosecutions and appeals for Environmental Health proceedings.
  • Harry has appeared as Counsel in the Youth Court on behalf of the South Yorkshire Police.

Prior to his career at the Bar, Harry worked as a freelance forensic linguist in Stoke-on-Trent and delivered a TEDx talk on the role between forensic linguistic profiling and criminal law. Harry is passionate about equality, diversity, and equal access before the law, he has experience as an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has spoken publicly on the various issues facing minority communities and vulnerable groups.

Marc Luxford

Pupil Barrister
Marc Luxford

Pupil Barrister

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family
  • Criminal

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BPC with Incorporated LLM – University of Law Leeds 2021
  • Conference Exam – University of Law Leeds 2020
  • LLB (Law) – University of York 2019
  • Access to Law – Leeds City College 2016
  • Called to the Bar 2021

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Legal Advice Clinic – Part of Pro-Bono LLM
  • The Chambers of F Khan – Legal Clerk
  • Kings Chambers Leeds – Mini Pupillage
  • Tuckers Solicitors London – Work Experience

ABOUT MARC

Marc joined Crown Chambers’ Pupillage programme in October 2021 having spent the last two years working with the Legal Advice Clinic aligned to his BPC post graduate qualification and directly supporting the Chambers of F. Khan during an extended Mini-Pupillage covering  a wide range of legal matters for a direct access Barrister.

Marc is passionate about criminal law matters, with a specific interest in youth justice, illicit drugs, Police Powers and Stop and Search. He is keen on representing those from disadvantaged backgrounds and supports the development of equality and diversity within the legal profession.

Marc will look to practice both criminal and family law, having gained experience from his Mini Pupillage and having assisted with significant family cases whilst working with Mr Khan.

Marc will initially work alongside supervisor Gaynor Hall on family law matters before moving into criminal work during the second part of his pupillage.

Clerks

Hayley Rodgers

Senior Clerk/Family Clerk
Hayley Rodgers

Senior Clerk/Family Clerk

Hayley Rodgers is Crown Chambers Senior/Family Clerk and brings experience and knowledge to our Chambers following 3 and a half years as a Clerk, and prior to that working in the Hull Combined Court Centre. Hayley has a strong family law background and focuses on the smooth running of the Chambers across all legal areas.

Rob Winship

Criminal Clerk
Rob Winship

Criminal Clerk

ABOUT ROB

Rob is Crown Chambers Criminal Clerk and brings 15 years of experience in civil, family, county court listing and criminal departments. Rob gained his experience at the Combined Court Centre in Hull.

Louise Clipson

Fees Clerk
Louise Clipson

Fees Clerk

Louise Clipson is Crown Chambers Fees Clerk and has 12 years’ experience in civil, family and listings departments at the County Courts. Louise will support with fee handling and supporting the smooth running of the Chambers across all legal areas.

Business and Marketing

Lydia Flanagan

Business Executive
Lydia Flanagan

Business Executive

Lydia is experienced in business management and operations and joined Crown Chambers during a period of continued growth and success.

Lydia works closely alongside our Head of Chambers and Senior Marketer to implement valuable initiatives and strengthen our marketing activity. Lydia is experienced in customer service, marketing and business administration within fast-paced, fast-evolving and dynamic environments.

Jo Pinkney

Senior Marketer
Jo Pinkney

Senior Marketer

Jo Pinkney is responsible for the marketing strategy and communications for Crown Chambers and brings 20 years’ experience in marketing leadership and practice following prior roles including Global Marketing and Communications Director. Jo specialises in strategy, digital marketing and communications as well as advising Crown Chambers on all aspects of our market presence.

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"A family law specialist who receives instructions on a number of complex care proceedings, including allegations of sexual abuse and contested placement orders." 

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