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News 8th May 2024
Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee to take part in Family Justice Question Time panel at the Resolution National Conference 2024

We are delighted to announce that Jennifer Lee will join the Family Justice Question Time panel at this year’s Resolution National Conference, taking place in Manchester between Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2024. The Family Justice Question Time panel will be moderated by Joanne Edwards, Partner and Head of Family at Forsters, and will […]

News 19th February 2024

Elizabeth Spence appointed a Deputy District Judge

We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth Spence has been appointed a Deputy District Judge, sitting on the South Eastern Circuit. This is a part-time appointment and Elizabeth will continue to practise as a barrister. Elizabeth is well known for her representation of clients in financial proceedings which involve complicated business arrangements or inherited assets. […]

News 29th January 2024

Maria Henty acts for respondent mother in complex private children proceedings – K v Y [2023] EWFC 262 (B)

Maria was instructed by Ciara Pugh and Vanessa Friend, and assisted at court by Pooja Patel of Stowe Family Law (London office). Maria represented the respondent mother. The parties were in a same sex relationship and the subject child was the respondent mother’s biological child. The applicant mother had been afforded parental responsibility, by consent, […]

News 26th January 2024

Catherine Gee appointed to All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Separation

We are very pleased to announce that Catherine Gee has been appointed an adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Separation, at the invitation of Nav Mirza, Dads Unlimited. The purpose of the APPG is to promote education and changes to the law and practice relating to separating parents and the welfare of […]

News 19th October 2023

Leslie Samuels KC elected FLBA Vice-Chair

Pump Court Chambers is very pleased to announce that Leslie Samuels KC has been elected Vice-Chair of the Family Law Bar Association. Leslie Samuels KC commented: “I am delighted to have been elected to this position. I am grateful for the support of Jo Delahunty KC of 4 PB and Nick Allen KC of 29 […]

News 5th October 2023

Pump Court Chambers ranked as a Top Tier Set in Legal 500 2024

Pump Court Chambers has been ranked as a Top Tier Set in three practice areas in the latest edition of The Legal 500 UK Bar Guide: Family: Children and Domestic Violence (Western Circuit) Family: Divorce and Financial Remedy (Western Circuit) Crime: General and Fraud (Western Circuit) Pump Court is listed as a Leading Set for […]

News 3rd October 2023

Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt join Pump Court Chambers as tenants

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Shona Love, Alex McHugh and Annabel Hazlitt have all joined chambers as tenants, following the successful completion of their respective pupillages. Shona Love accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Before coming to the Bar, Shona spent several years as a lawyer at the BBC specialising […]

News 28th September 2023
Jennifer Lee

Litigation lending levelled? Funding in a post Simon v Simon world

On Thursday 19th October, Jennifer Lee will take part in a panel discussion at Charles Russell Speechlys about the future of litigation funding in the Family Courts, as part of Support Through Court’s annual Family Law Breakfast. Sir Andrew McFarlane will give the keynote speech.

News 25th September 2023

Amy Connell returns from maternity leave

We are pleased to welcome back Amy Connell to chambers after her recent maternity leave. Amy specialises in Family Law with particular emphasis on Public and Private Law children proceedings. Before joining Pump Court Chambers, she was a tenant at Stour Chambers after relocating to Kent, having previously been in practice at the Bar in London and […]

News, Blog 1st September 2023

Domestic Abuse tactics in the Family Courts – how do we achieve cultural change?

This contribution will consider new case law together with the recently published report by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner (‘the Commissioner’) examining the family courts’ handling of domestic abuse. The report highlights how victims and survivors are being subjected to continued abuse by perpetrators in private family law proceedings, resulting in re-traumatisation[1] and the need for […]

News, Podcasts 7th August 2023
Cordelia Williams

Nesting in Child Arrangements Cases

Join Mark Ablett for an enlightening chat with Pump Court’s Cordelia Williams about the rise in the practice of nesting in child arrangements cases, as reported by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/jul/15/birdnesting-divorcing-couples-family-home-turns-children The pod looks at the pros and cons (mainly cons…) of the arrangement, for both children and parents, considering the one recent reported decision on […]

News 2nd August 2023

Re S (Children: Parentage and Jurisdiction) [2023] EWCA Civ 897 – Jennifer Lee and Samara Brackley of Pump Court Chambers succeed in landmark Court of Appeal judgment

Jennifer Lee and Samara Brackley, led by Will Tyler KC of 36 Family, instructed by Byron James of Expatriate Law Limited, acted in the Court of Appeal for the successful Appellant in Re S (Children: Parentage and Jurisdiction) [2023] EWCA Civ 897 – a hugely significant case involving the children of same-sex civil partners, conceived […]


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