Overview

Tonia Clark is a senior figure in the family law team at 3pb.

Tonia is a child law specialist, undertaking both public and private law work. She regularly acts for local authorities and guardians as well as for parents and grandparents and extended family members. She has undertaken lengthy fact find hearings involving allegations of NAI and alleged abuse. Tonia regularly acts for some very vulnerable clients in public law proceedings where ground rules may have to be considered in order to ensure a fair hearing.

Tonia’s expertise in Financial claims includes those brought in divorce, under TOLATA and Children Act Schedule 1 financial claims and she acts for husbands, wives and intervenors. Tonia’s academic background was in Business Administration and so she has an ability to soundly grasp aspects of company accounts and the tax implications of proceedings and the potential/suspected dissipation of assets. Her client base tends to typically involve consideration of a property portfolio and often a family business/company and not infrequently assets overseas.

Tonia appears regularly in the County Court and High Court.

She has a very approachable and down to earth manner and believes in the art of listening to the client and building a rapport in order to properly advise and represent people's best interests.

Tonia has been sitting as a Deputy District Judge in the Family Court hearing both money and children cases and in the County Court since 2001. This brings her a wealth of experience in advising how the courts are likely to approach issues arising in a case.

Expertise

  • Family
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    Tonia is a family law specialist in private law, including ancillary relief and Children Act applications, accepting instructions for both private and some publicly funded work. She has a particular interest in undertaking ancillary relief involving analysis of business accounts.

    Tonia acts for parents in care proceedings, and has a particular interest in representing grandparents and extended family members in disputes involving children in care proceedings. She also acts for Local Authorities and for Guardians on a regular basis.

    Tonia has extensive experience and continues to appear in the High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Court.

    Tonia Clark also sits as a Deputy District Judge on the Western circuit authorised to hear Children cases and is a Lawyer Chairman in the Residential Property Tribunal.

    Tonia is Direct Access accredited.

    Private Law: 
    Ancillary relief
    Children Act Schedule 1 applications
    Private residence and contact disputes, in particular those involving arguments of implacable hostility.
    Disputes relating to upbringing of a child, including in particular religious/educational issues/removal from jurisdiction.
    Child abduction in UK and overseas.
    Domestic violence including split hearings and impact on contact.
     
    Public Law: 
    Parents with alcohol/drug issues
    Disputed expert evidence
    Parents with psychiatric/psychological issues/mental health problems
    Adoption
    Contact with a child in care
    Children or parents with special needs.

    Tonia is an Accredited Mediation Advocate.

Recommendations

Tonia is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2017 for her expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Tonia Clark -‘A specialist in private law children cases.’

Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016
Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Tonia Clark - 'She is experienced in private law children proceeding'

Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015
Regional Bar - Western Circuit.
Family and children law – Leading juniors
Tonia Clark - 'She has a swift grasp of detail, and is very client-friendly'

Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14

Western Circuit for her Family expertise at the Bar. "3PB’s Tonia Clark ‘stands out’."

Academic qualifications

  • BSc(Hons) Managerial and Administrative Studies, Aston University
  • 2.1 honours degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate
  • Deputy District Judge
  • Lawyer Chairman of Residential Property Tribunal
  • Family Law Bar Association

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association.

Direct Access

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

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