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The Family Law Podcast 24th September 2020

Coronavirus: The view from the bench

Edward Boydell of Pump Court Chambers sits down with District Judge Hudd of the Central Family Court to discuss how coronavirus has affected the judiciary and the running of First Avenue House. District Judge Hudd offers some fascinating insights into how the court has operated and how some changes may well be sustained beyond the […]

The Family Law Podcast 20th August 2020

Costs against the legally aided litigant

Tara Lyons hosts Mark Ablett to discuss the position generally on costs in Children Act proceedings. The pod goes on to explore how one might get an order that the Lord Chancellor pays a costs order in lieu of the litigant with legal aid and the thorny issue of how and when costs protection applies. […]

News, Blog 12th August 2020
Jennifer Lee

ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce: The Legal Implications of Donor Insemination

From single-parent families to “blended” or extended family units, whether they be same-sex parents or opposite-sex parents, the concept of the “nuclear family” has become less prevalent, and less apt, to describe modern families in the 21st century. Today’s modern family structures include those where children are created through assisted reproductive technologies and encompass sperm/ […]

News 10th August 2020
Hilary Lennox

Hilary Lennox joins Pump Court Chambers

We are delighted to announce that Hilary Lennox has joined Pump Court Chambers, with immediate effect. A highly experienced practitioner across three jurisdictions, Hilary was called to the Bar in Ireland in 2008, Northern Ireland in 2013 and England & Wales in 2013. She has worked in a law firm in New York and the […]

The Family Law Podcast 7th August 2020

Special advocates in Family Proceedings

Paul Mertens joins Mark Ablett to talk about special advocates in family proceedings, closed material procedures and how the courts attempt a fair outcome where parties are not able to view sensitive material, such as in care proceedings with a radicalisation element. To download please click here.  

News 6th August 2020

Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality) [2020] EWCA Civ 1038

Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality) [2020] EWCA Civ 1038 Exercise of parental responsibility by Local Authorities – Scope of decision making relating to the child’s national identity Through its judgment in Re Y (Children in Care: Change of Nationality), the Court of Appeal sends out a clear message that where a local […]

News 2nd July 2020
Henry Hawkesworth

Henry Hawkesworth joins Pump Court

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Henry Hawkesworth has joined Pump Court Chambers after successful completion of his third six pupillage following a period as a tenant in a leading set of common law chambers in the North East of England. Called to the Bar in 2018, he has developed a mixed common […]

Past Events
28th May 2020, 12:30 to 13:30
Andrew Grime: BC/PC: Parental Alienation Update

Parental Alienation Update: BC/PC – Webinar

This webinar will consider the practical consequences of parenting in a pandemic, the President of the Family Division’s Guidance on compliance with Child Arrangement Orders and a review of the recent case law on parental alienation, including the options available to practitioners. Speaker: Andrew Grime Cost: Free Topics covered: Parenting in a Pandemic: Coronovirus Crisis: […]

Blog 18th May 2020
Domestic abuse during Covid-19 times

Domestic abuse during Covid-19 times

Domestic abuse was a problem already in urgent need of addressing pre-pandemic. The global crisis we are now experiencing has only worsened that issue. Widely-reported statistics include: Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a consistent increase in demand of 50% since lockdown measures announced (4th May press release) Traffic to many prominent domestic abuse […]

Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra MacDonald

Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]

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 […]

Blog 30th March 2020
Eleanor Bruce

Contact and the Coronavirus: COVID-19 and its Impact on Separated Families

About 7 ½ weeks after the first reported coronavirus case in the UK, and after some 6,000 confirmed cases, the Prime Minister addressed the nation confirming that in an attempt to halt the spread of the worldwide pandemic the public were being told to stay at home in order to stop the disease spreading.  He […]

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