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Dr Angel Matoke-Njagi

Year of Call: 2022
Email Address: [email protected]
Telephone: 01202 292 102

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Overview

Dr Angel Matoke-Njagi joined 3PB’s Birmingham office after successfully completing a 12-month pupillage with Chambers.

Angel is a member of 3PB’s Family Law Group and accepts instructions in all areas of family law. She has a keen interest in financial remedies and private and public children law. Angel has experience with financial remedies proceedings under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, private children law disputes concerning children from first hearing dispute resolution appointments to final hearings, and family law injunctions from directions appointments to final hearings,

Angel has been commended for her client care skills, including her positive, pragmatic, reassuring manner and ability to build a rapport with clients quickly. She has experience supporting clients with a full range of cognitive abilities through difficult and upsetting cases and providing them with realistic, practical, and sensitive advice.

Angel’s interpersonal skills have enabled her to efficiently negotiate with opponents and litigants in person to ensure excellent outcomes for clients. Her experience of criminal law in pupillage, in which she secured acquittals, has enabled Angel to develop thorough and robust cross-examination skills that are an asset in contested final hearings.

In academia, Angel taught law undergraduates at the University of Warwick about the English Legal System and Constitutional and Administrative Law. Angel left academia to become a barrister after being awarded the Cassel Scholarship and BPP Pro Bono Award. The latter was awarded in recognition of her strides in volunteering and teaching. Angel volunteered for the Office of the State Public Defender in Mississippi, the Personal Support Unit, and the University of Kent's Law Clinic, among others.

During pupillage, Angel drafted threshold documents, schedules of allegations, grounds of appeal, skeleton arguments on family matters, such as ToLATA, and advice on various issues, including parental alienation.

Outside work, Angel uses movement (yoga, walking, and weightlifting) to find moments of peace in a busy world.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Angel is a busy new member of 3PB’s Family Law Group, having completed pupillage with the national chambers, and has a keen interest in financial remedies and public law disputes concerning children.

    Angel has experience with family law injunctions from return dates to final hearings and private law disputes concerning children from first hearing dispute resolution appointments to final hearings. During pupillage, Angel drafted threshold documents, schedules of allegations, grounds of appeal, skeleton arguments on family matters, such as ToLATA, and advice on various issues, including parental alienation.

    Angel’s recent successes include:

    • Successfully obtaining no order for contact (save through letterbox) at a Dispute Resolution Appointment in a case where the father suffered from high cannabis dependency and poor mental health.
    • Persuading the tribunal that a fact-finding hearing was necessary and proportionate, against CAFCASS’s recommendation, due to allegations of serious domestic abuse that had caused the applicant to flee the former matrimonial home.
    • Successfully obtaining live with orders and spend time with orders in line with what was sought by the applicant.
    • Obtaining prohibited steps orders to prevent respondents from removing the children from the care of the applicant or an institution entrusted with the care of the children.
    • Successfully resisting an application for more contact than the parties had agreed in mediation.
    • Negotiating non-molestation orders by consent for applicants, despite previous reluctance to consent from respondents.
    • Successfully acquiring an order to specify that the applicant would remain with the child’s passport, and the respondent had to inform the applicant before applying for a foreign passport.
  • Recommendations

    "Angel was efficient, professional and extremely helpful throughout the process. From receipt of instructions and prior to the hearing, she was in touch, had clearly read the papers, and was up to date with case law and procedure." Instructing Solicitor

    "Angel was very on it and did brilliantly at court even without the client there. She took the time to speak to our client after the hearing on the phone and kindly reassured our client. She was great to work with." Instructing Solicitor

    "Angel was fantastic! She made me feel very at ease and explained everything clearly. A true asset." Lay Client