Antonida Kocharova

Year of Call: 2015
Email Address: antonida.kocharova@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01865 793 736

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Overview

Having joined Chambers in October 2016 as a pupil, Antonida has had exposure to a wide range of areas of law, with a particular emphasis on family and property law.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Antonida completed a law degree at Oxford University, followed by the Bar Professional Training Course, which she undertook part-time whilst working at a local post office, and achieving the grade Outstanding. She also completed seven mini-pupillages with top family law sets in London during the BPTC.

Antonida is a native Russian speaker.

Outside of law, Antonida enjoys singing and opera.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Antonida undertakes work in all areas of family law. Through her experience both before and during pupillage, Antonida has seen a wide variety of cases and has shadowed some of the top practitioners in the field. As part of the BPP Legal Advice Clinic, Antonida has had experience of advising on a pre-nuptial agreement in the context of a same-sex relationship.

    During her second six, Antonida has undertaken work in all areas of family law both in front of District and Circuit Judges, often at short notice, including:

    • Negotiating an advantageous settlement for the husband in a needs-based FDR
    • Representing the husband in an application for extension of time for disclosure in the context of preliminary proceedings to determine the beneficial interest in property
    • Acting on behalf of parents in proceedings for child arrangement orders
    • Successfully representing a mother in her application for the discharge of a Special Guardianship Order
    • Appearing on behalf of the father for directions in the context of public law proceedings
    • Resolving disputes on contact and chattels at a return date hearing of an application for non-molestation and occupation orders.

    Antonida has also undertaken a noting brief on behalf of the local authority in a 10-day fact-finding hearing in a case involving incest between children in the family.

    In addition, Antonida has experience of Court of Protection work and is interested in developing this area further.

    Court of Protection

    Antonida has been fortunate during pupillage to have had exposure to Court of Protection matters, relating both to welfare and property, and she hopes to develop this area further.

    As part of her pupillage, Antonida has provided assistance to a local council on applications for authorisation of deprivation of liberty in adult social care cases.

  • Property and Estates
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    During pupillage, Antonida has had exposure to a wide variety of property work, covering amongst other issues:

    • Applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
    • Boundary disputes and trespass
    • Possession proceedings in residential leaseholds, including breaches of covenant and housing disrepair
    • Forfeiture and possession of commercial premises, including dilapidations and leasehold renewal proceedings
    • Service charge disputes
    • Proceedings relating to mobile homes
    • Rights of way
    • Damage to property through nuisance.

    In her own practice, Antonida has had experience of both written and court-based work.

Academic qualifications

  • University of Oxford, MA Jurisprudence
  • BPP University, BPTC (Outstanding)

Scholarships

  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • Anglo-Russian Law Association
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

 

Direct Access

Antonida Kocharova is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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