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News & Events: Leslie Samuels QC

The Family Law Podcast 30th September 2020

Special guardianship orders: Where are we now?

In this series finale, Leslie Samuels QC joins host Mark Ablett to talk about special guardianship orders in the light of the Public Law Working Group’s recent report. As a leading silk and deputy High Court Judge, Leslie offers unparalleled insight into the issues raised by the report and what is needed to address them. […]

Blog 14th June 2020

Capacity: Where now for the ‘Golden Rule’?

You could not make it up! Lord Templeman, the creator of the Golden Rule in his decision in Kenward v Adams (1975) The Times 29 Nov, died in 2014. He executed his last will in August 2008. He left nothing to his son Michael Templeman or his daughter in law Lesley Templeman and they challenged […]

Past Events
10th Jun 2020, 12:30 to 13:30

All that Glitters is not Golden

In this lunchtime webinar Professor Robert Howard (UCL) will be joined by Leslie Samuels QC & Mark Dubbery to discuss ‘the Golden Rule’, that where testamentary capacity is in doubt advice should be sought from a medical practitioner. Professor Howard and Leslie Samuels QC will consider the following issues: Has the recent case law changed the […]

News 31st March 2020
Sean Gentleman

Family Team: ADR and Remote Access offerings

Pump Court Chambers is committed to providing clients with high levels of service and support. By investment and use of modern technology and systems, we are fully equipped to deal with the current situation in these trying times. Technology We offer state of the art technology in the form of the Lifesize system (with integrated […]

Past Events
31st Oct 2019, 13:30 to 17:15

Family Finance Seminar – Oxford

Pump Court Chambers is pleased to invite you to our forthcoming Oxford Family Finance Seminar. Our speakers will be providing valuable and in-depth updates for all practitioners at intensive afternoon sessions. The event will close with a Q&A session that gives you the opportunity to have experienced counsel guide you on any technical questions or […]

News 20th June 2019

Leslie Samuels QC & Edward Boydell to speak at White Paper Conference

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Leslie Samuels QC and Edward Boydell will be speaking at the forthcoming White Paper Matrimonial Finance Conference: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Your Clients on Thursday 27th June 2019 at The Caledonian Club, London, SW1X 7DR. Mr Samuels QC will be speaking on Pre-acquired pensions: […]

Past Events
3rd Jul 2019, 13:30 to 17:00

Court of Protection Seminar – Bournemouth

Pump Court Chambers are pleased to invite you to Court of Protection seminar. The event which aims to provide a valuable and in-depth update on the law, practice and procedure in this area. Venue The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3AX (map) Schedule 13:30 – Registration / Lunch 14:00 – Seminar Commences […]

Past Events
4th Jul 2019, 13:00 to 17:00

Children Law Seminar – Portsmouth

Pump Court Chambers are pleased to announce their annual Children Law Seminars providing a valuable and in-depth update for all practitioners at intensive afternoon sessions. The seminar will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice to give an overview of essential issues, which will update delegates on law, practice and procedure. Venue […]

News 28th September 2016

A Local Authority v S & G (unreported – September 2016)

Representing a parent accused of inflicting fractures of the femur and ribs in a 3 month old baby. Significant issues on bone fragility, Vitamin D, biochemistry and radiological identification and timing in the diagnosis of bone abnormalities in the newborn. Weight to be given to parental evidence claiming an accident of uncertain mechanism. Complete exoneration […]

News 28th July 2016

Leslie Samuels QC appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge

Chambers are delighted to announce that Leslie Samuels QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge, pursuant to s9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. Chambers congratulates him on his success. Leslie shall continue to practice as a specialist family law Silk whilst under taking his Judicial responsibilities.

Blog 14th December 2015

Damages claims against Local Authorities – is there any change down the back of the sofa?

Local authorities must be very concerned about the spate of recent cases in which parents, other family members and former ‘looked after children’ have sought damages for the alleged failure by an authority to exercise their powers lawfully or for abuse suffered whilst in their care. In these cases, courts have had to explore the […]

Blog 9th March 2015

Re A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 – The leaning tower of Pisa comes to Middlesbrough

“The present case is an object lesson in, almost a textbook example of, how not to embark upon and pursue a care case.” – Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division. On 16 September 2014 Darlington Borough Council issued an application for a care order in respect of a little boy A, who was […]

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