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News & Events: Children Law (Public)

News 10th May 2024

Simon Johnson meets Japanese Child Care Professionals

On 3 May Simon Johnson had the great pleasure of spending the day with a group of Japanese lawyers, social workers and other child care professionals who were on a week-long study visit to London and Cambridge organised by the Japanese Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The party observed hearings at […]

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 5th December 2023

Catherine Hirst joins Pump Court as a door tenant

We are very pleased to welcome Catherine Hirst as a door tenant. Catherine is an experienced public law advocate, with an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of Local Authority work, having on an almost daily basis dealt with urgent, short notice hearings. Catherine prides herself on being able to build strong rapports with both professional […]

News, Blog 3rd November 2023

Fathers without PR – Where do they stand? Re S (A Child) [2023] Civ 706

As public law practitioners we are rarely tasked with really delving into the law relating to fathers without parental responsibility. It is common knowledge (although not necessarily logical) that a father without PR is not an automatic party to proceedings involving his child.  They are, however, entitled to be given notice of the proceedings and […]

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 2nd October 2023

Pump Court Chambers welcomes Jayne Harrill as a new tenant

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce Jayne Harrill has joined as a tenant from Monday 2nd October. Jayne is Pump Court’s twenty-first new joiner this year, bringing the total number of members up to 121. Jayne has vast experience in public law, including expertise in the most severe and complex cases, including non-accidental injury, […]

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 10th August 2023

Catherine Ellis considers the recent CA case of G&H (Leave to revoke placement order) [2023] EWCA Civ 768 (part two)

Change of Circumstances The second issue determined by the appeal court was whether a change of mind by a family member about putting themselves forward as a potential carer for the children can, without more, amount to a change of circumstances within the meaning of s24(3) (the court cannot give leave “unless satisfied that there […]

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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