- Year of Call
Public law/care proceedings
Public law final hearings
Theresa is instructed in multi-day final hearings at which the Court determines whether children should be placed in care of the Local Authority, remain in the care of the Local Authority, be returned to their parents, placed with other family members or have placement orders made in respect of them. These hearings frequently involve Theresa questioning psychologists, psychiatrists, parents, Children’s Guardians and social workers. The allegations raised within these proceedings frequently include the parents’ involvement in domestic violence; their use of illegal substances; mental health diagnoses and difficulties; involvement in criminal activity and physical, emotional, psychological and sexual harm to the children. Theresa has been involved in cases where one parent has killed the other and with people who have killed children and thereafter seek orders to spend time with their own.
Interim contested hearings
Theresa has a wealth of experience of successfully representing Local Authorities at contested interim removal hearings and equally sensitive contests on the issue of the secure accommodation of young adults.
Theresa has extensive experience acting for Local Authorities, children, parents, members of the extended family and the Official Solicitor in care proceedings. Naturally, they include clients with learning difficulties, vulnerable adults and those unable to provide instructions.
Private law final hearings
Theresa is instructed to represent parents, children and members of the extended family at contested final hearings. At these hearings, the Court determines matters such as which parent children should live with, shared care arrangements, how often they should spend time with their non-resident parent, which schools children should attend and what surnames they should be known by.
Theresa often represents victims and alleged perpetrators at fact-finding hearings, which involve allegations of physical, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse.
Theresa is adept at representing clients who find themselves involved in litigation as a result of triggering events that occur in the parents’ relationships. For example, when the non-resident parent seeks to have full-time or primary care of the children; when one parent feels he or she is being litigated against by the other parent to facilitate continued psychological abuse of them; when one parent begins a relationship with a new partner; or where the primary carer is allegedly implacably hostile to any relationship between a child and his non-resident parent.
Theresa regularly represents clients with millions of pounds of assets, including property, land pensions and capital.
Theresa has experience of dealing with TOLATA cases involving unmarried parties and their family members who may have a beneficial interest in the unmarried parties’ assets.
Domestic Violence Injunctions and occupation orders
Theresa has many years of experience applying for injunctions and occupation orders for men and women who have found themselves being physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially and sexually abused by their spouses or partners. Theresa has secured injunctive orders for children too.
Biographical and Other Information
- Theresa is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.
- Theresa has a Masters Degree in Criminal Litigation. In 2001, Theresa had the enormous privilege of observing the case of Re A  UKHL 25 in the House of Lords as a mini-pupil. The case concerned the admissibility of complainants' previous sexual history at rape trials.
Family Law team members
Year Of Call : 1987
The main focus is in ancillary relief (financial remedies) for husbands, wives and children, especially where there are trust and/or business assets and farms. Mark cuts through volume of paper to the core and critical issues and is focussed and blunt with his clients and the Court alike.View Profile
Year Of Call : 1994
Hugh has extensive experience acting for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents, Guardians and proposed special guardians in care proceedings, including representing young and vulnerable parents, clients with learning difficulties and clients with chronic health email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2002
Theresa is instructed in multi-day final hearings at which the Court determines whether children should be placed in care of the Local Authority, remain in the care of the Local Authority, be returned to their parents, placed with other family members or have placement orders made in respect of firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2004
Helen regularly representing parents in Private Law proceedings where there are disputes relating to both residence and contact involving complex allegations of sexual abuse, domestic violence and email@example.com View Profile
Year Of Call : 2011
Laura is a common law barrister with an established practice in civil and family. She is a personable and approachable advocate who prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients and offering sound, pragmatic legal advice. She has studied and worked internationally in France, Brussels, Luxembourg and New Zealand and is a Denning and Eastham Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.firstname.lastname@example.org View Profile
Year Of Call : 2013
Emmi is a mixed common law barrister with established practices in all aspects of family, crime and civil. Emmi joined Walnut House in September 2014 having successfully completed a twelve-month pupillage in chambers, and since then has continued to enjoy a busy mixed practice. Emmi prides herself on being a personable and persuasive advocate who is both thorough and robust in her email@example.com View Profile