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. New for this year is a closing Q&A session that gives you the opportunity to have experienced counsel guide you on any technical questions […]
Victoria Ellis and Maria Henty were guest speakers at the recent Hampshire YRES Conference on Thursday 28th February at the offices of Paris Smith in Southampton. The talk entitled ‘Expecting the unexpected: What to do when when it doesn’t go to plan’ covered the following topics: Decree Absolute – the unexpected way Where is my […]
1. Parental alienation is where a parent intentionally (or, as importantly, unintentionally) negatively influences their child’s view of the other parent. Parental alienation is now illegal in Brazil and Mexico and is widely recognised in the US and Canada. 2. Some of the most common signs of parental alienation are: Constantly saying negative things about […]
The Government has announced that it intends to reconsider how married couples can seek to divorce. The current law in relation to divorce is set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. At present, those wishing to divorce may only do so if the marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’. To apply for a divorce a […]
Modernising Justice a multi-disciplinary group, which includes Pump Court Chambers Nigel Pascoe QC and Victoria Ellis, launched their newest report last night at the offices of Bates Wells Braithwaite in London. The report “The Case for A Review of the Law of Murder” urges that an independent committee be convened to review the law of […]
Grandparents are often important figures in their grandchildren’s lives. Victoria Ellis and Cordelia Williams discuss the position of grandparents when local authority involvement forces them to take a much more central role, this article which featured in the September edition of the Family Law Journal, can be viewed here.
On 18 January 2017, the President of the Family Division issued ‘The Practice Guidance on the Duration of Ex-Parte (Without Notice) Orders’. A few months on, this article is intended to give some practical guidance as to how to approach Non-Molestation Orders in practice. 1. The duration of the Order The guidance from the President […]
It is a well-established practice that members of the same chambers or firm frequently appear alongside or against each other in court. Practitioners often develop working or social relationships with advocates from other chambers or firms when appearing in the same case or at social functions. It is also a common feature that from time […]
Any practitioners in the field of inheritance or family finance will be familiar with the standard term that forms part of a clean break in a divorce financial settlement; namely that the parties cannot claim against the estate of the other. However a recent case has challenged the widespread belief that such a bar is […]
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgement in the case of Ilott v Mitson  EWCA Civ 797 to much publicity in the media in July. What should practitioners make of it? Victoria Ellis discusses in her latest article for LawSkills. To view the article in full please click here.
Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Victoria Ellis has been shortlisted for Young Barrister of the Year at the Annual Family Law Awards. Victoria was shortlisted following a stellar year and is fast developing a reputation for combining an empathetic manner with assertive and pragmatic legal advice. The awards recognises Chambers and barristers […]
From 5 April 2015 the long awaited rules in relation to Shared Parental Leave (“SPL”) will come into effect. Whilst this may still seem some way in the future, from this month those wishing to take such leave will start handing in their notices and employers need to ensure the requisite procedures are in place. […]