Antonida Kocharova

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

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Family

Antonida undertakes work in all areas of family law and often represents clients in more than one application, enabling them to have continuity of representation through what is always a difficult period. Her practice covers the following:

 

Matrimonial Finance

Antonida has successfully represented both husbands and wives at all stages of financial remedy proceedings, including FDA, FDR, Final Hearings and enforcement proceedings. She always favours achieving a settlement which works for her clients but is not phased by voluminous documentation and detail.

Recent cases have included:

  • R v I (2019) – Represented respondent husband for a final hearing on a direct access basis, successfully arguing to add back sums dissipated post-separation.
  • P v P (2018) – Represented applicant wife at FDR achieving settlement securing favourable split of family home and avoiding any responsibility for debts accrued by the husband unilaterally.
  • G v G (2017) – Represented respondent husband successfully achieving settlement at FDA directed by the judge to be used as an FDA.
  • N v N (2017) – Represented the husband in an application for extension of time for disclosure in the context of preliminary proceedings to determine the beneficial interest in the property.
  • Advised prospective applicant wife pro bono on the prospects of an application for maintenance pending suit.

Antonida is happy to accept instructions in all areas family finance, including Schedule 1 applications and applications under section 37 of the MCA 1973. She is particularly interested in developing her practice in cases involving cohabitation disputes and TOLATA claims. Antonida has also previously provided advice on pre-nuptial agreements to a same-sex couple.

 

Private Law Children

Antonida undertakes a wide range of private children work and has been instructed by mothers, fathers, grandparents and NYAS in applications for child arrangement orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders. She has represented clients at all stages of proceedings and her cases often involve sensitive elements such as intractable hostility, domestic and sexual abuse (including allegations of sexual abuse towards the child), and witness protection.

Recent cases have included:

  • A v D (2019) – Successfully represented a respondent mother in resisting an application by the father for contact where the 12yo child’s wishes and feelings were strongly against any direct contact exhibited through school non-attendance, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
  • M v L (2018) – Represented the grandmother of children at a directions hearing in the context of the children’s move into witness protection meaning she would be denied all contact.
  • I v B (2018) – Successfully adjourned final hearing and resisted applications for amendments to interim child arrangements instructed to stand in for a colleague with 30 minutes’ notice.
  • R v R (2017) – Successfully representing a mother in her application for the discharge of a Special Guardianship Order.

Antonida undertakes private, legal aid and direct access work and is particularly keen to undertake cases involving alternative family arrangements and surrogacy.

 

Public Law Children

Antonida has been instructed by parents, grandparents and Local Authorities in all stages of public law proceedings, including interim and final care and supervision orders, applications for contact and party status and others. She has also been instructed on an application for an emergency protection order at short notice.

Recent cases have included:

  • Re G (2019) – Representation of a non-engaging father at a case management hearing requiring robust advice as to the prospects of his case.
  • Re W (2018) – Representation of a mother at final hearing arguing for placement of the children with their grandmother.
  • Re K (2018) – Representation of a local authority in an application by a 16yo child to live with his grandmother under a care order by agreement.
  • Re R (2017) – Representation of a local authority at a final hearing where the authority would take over responsibility for a care plan in proceedings brought by a different local authority where the carer was moving between local authority areas.
  • Re S (2017) – 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.

 

Court of Protection

Antonida has undertaken secondments with two different local authorities advising on a large number of individual cases and has provided representation in court, with a particular emphasis on deprivation of liberty cases.

Some of the cases she has worked on have involved:

  • Preparing local authority evidence in a section 21A application relating to the deprivation of liberty where the protected party’s daughter objected to and caused the failure of several placements as well as making numerous complaints and online posts against care home staff and local authority staff from various local authority departments;
  • Advising social workers on appropriate procedures and drafting of applications for standard authorisation; and
  • Drafting a position statement on behalf of a local authority in a residence dispute relating to aftercare under s117 MHA 1983.

Antonida is keen to grow this area of her practice and will accept Court of Protection work relating to both property and welfare. She has also represented clients in financial remedy proceedings and contractual claims where issues of capacity and powers of attorney have arisen.

 

Domestic Abuse

Antonida regularly represents clients in applications under the Family Law Act 1996, including for non-molestation and occupation orders.

Recent cases have included:

  • B v G (2018) – Successfully obtained a transfer of tenancy for a mother in the context of private law children proceedings.
  • O v O (2018) – Represented a wife in an application for an occupation order in the unusual circumstances of her husband’s mental breakdown.
  • P-R v R (2018) – Secured discharge of a non-molestation order on behalf of the respondent father on the basis of undertakings.
  • T v M (2017) – Settled applications for non-molestation orders by way of cross-undertakings as well as resolving numerous disputes about chattels.
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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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