Tara Lyons

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Family Finance

Tara has significant experience for her call in matrimonial finance and cases concerning financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 both at first instance and on appeal. She is regularly instructed to deal with complex disputes including cases concerning business interests and pensions, third party intervenors and overseas assets. Tara regularly acts in related matters such as variation of orders, applications to set aside orders, freezing injunctions and enforcement. She drafts both pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and advises on the same. She also acts in contested divorce matters. She is praised for her robust but sensitive approach to her cases. 

Children Private Law

Tara is regularly instructed in a range of complex private law disputes including those concerning allegations of serious physical or sexual abuse, parties with personality disorders or addiction and applications for removal from the jurisdiction. Tara shows great empathy and sensitivity towards her client and is equally skilled at advancing her client's case through negotiation outside the court as through her advocacy in court.

Inheritance, Wills and Probate

Tara regularly receives instructions in claims concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, contentious probate matters, disputes about validity of wills and administration issues.  She represents a range of litigants including children at mediation and at court in both the County and High Court. Tara appears in the Court of Protection in cases concerning its property and affairs jurisdiction and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

Tara frequently speaks at the Pump Court Inheritance and Vulnerable Adult team seminars on a range of issues and contributes to a range of specialist publications.

Court of Protection

Tara appears in the Court of Protection in cases concerning its property and affairs jurisdiction and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She regularly receives instructions in claims concerning the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, contentious probate matters, disputes about validity of wills and administration issues.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Tara is an accomplished barrister and an accredited mediator who combines a gentle and engaging manner with an incisive and analytical approach to the dispute at hand. She is praised for her grasp of complex factual and legal issues as well as her understanding of the parties' underlying needs and motivations enabling her to facilitate a resolution. As a barrister Tara specialises in family financial remedies claims, claims involving the Inheritance Act 1975 and the Trust of Land and Appointments of Trustees Act 1996, contentious probate, proprietary dispute and a range of commercial and contract disputes. She mediates in a range of disputes which extend beyond these core practice areas.

Overview

Year of call: 2005
Areas of specialism:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Children Private Law
  • Court of Protection
  • Family Finance
  • Inheritance, Wills and Probate
  • Public Access and Direct Access
Additional languages:
  • French
Qualifications:
  • MA Law (Cambridge) 2004
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law 2005
  • Dr Cooper Law Studentship (Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 2004)
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition Award (Middle Temple, 2004)
  • Pegasus Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2010)
Professional associations:
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Western Circuit
Outside Interests:
  • Tara enjoys sports and travel.
Notable Cases:
  • B v B (2018)- Tara successfully represented the Wife in achieving a 70% costs order in Financial remedies proceedings in which significant adverse findings were made against the Husband
  • Re A (A child) [2018] EWCA Civ 904 Tara appeared in the Court of Appeal on a case involving costs orders in children act appeals.
  • S v S (2017)- Tara successfully acted for the Husband in his section 31 application
  • A v A (2017)- Tara acted for the Father in successfully defending a school fees order application
  • L v S (2017)- Tara achieved an excellent settlement for a wife in a case involving a prenuptial agreement and complex foreign jurisdictional issues
  • In the estate of FS- Tara successfully advised a cohabitee in an Inheritance Act claim and secured an extremely generous settlement on her behalf.
  • Re A (a child) (2017)- Tara represented the Father in the Court of Appeal defending an appeal against a costs order made in Family Proceedings
  • A v A (2016)- Tara obtained a living arrangements order, prohibited steps order, passport order and port alert in High Court proceedings brought by the father against the mother in circumstances where she was threatening to remove the child to Oman
  • DJ v DJ (2016)- Tara successfully secured an order that all the disclosed assets in financial remedies proceedings be transferred to the wife where the husband had materially non-disclosed.
  • N v N (2015)- Tara successfully represented the wife in financial remedies proceedings where the Judge made a finding that over £150,000 should be "added in" on account of monies spent by the husband on gambling.
  • P v P (2015)- Tara successfully represented a wife in contested divorce proceedings
  • R v R (2015)- Tara successfully represented a policeman in financial remedies proceedings brought after 15 years of separation achieving a clean break
  • Re VL- Tara represented the carers of a protected party who had been the subject of financial, emotional and physical abuse by family members
  • Re C (Children) (2012)- Tara acted for a father successfully appealing a finding made by the court at a fact finding hearing that he had given the mother HIV.
Publications:
  • Tara contributes to a range of specialised publications and presents webinars on a range of topics.