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 money, care 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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    Ancillary relief/financial applications:

    Tonia Clark regularly undertakes financial cases which have included the following:

    • analysis of private individual business/company accounts
    • acting both for and against clients who have extensive property interests including several cases acting for owners of care homes
    • acting for clients in the farming community which have sometimes involved inherited wealth issues
    • analysing allegations of significant non disclosure, tracing of assets and property within the jurisdiction or overseas and whether there is a need for more detailed forensic investigation
    • acting for a significant number of medical professionals (surgeons/anaesthetists)

    Her background in Business and Administration has proved a valuable tool in such cases.

    Children Act applications:

    Tonia undertakes private Children Act work, which frequently includes cases where one parent is allegedly hostile to the other and involving allegations of parental alienation. She has undertaken fact finding hearings where marital rape and severe emotional and physical abuse is alleged by one party against the other or abuse is alleged towards the child concerned.

    She regularly represents clients where issues have arisen concerning permanent removal of a child/children from the jurisdiction. In one recent case she acted for a father who opposed the permanent removal of a child to Italy by the Italian mother. The first appeal by the mother (to a single judge of the High Court) was successful. However this was overturned by the Court of Appeal and the original order reinstated preventing the removal of the child.

    Public Law:

    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 is also instructed by Local Authorities and acts for Guardians on a regular basis.

    Recently acted for grandparents where one parent had been murdered by the other. She is regularly instructed in cases involving highly vulnerable parents and undertakes fact finding hearings. In one complex fact find of 19 days, she acted for the children through their Guardian. Ground rules hearings are common.

    Appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2001 hearing money, public law (care) and private children cases and is a Lawyer Chair of the Residential Property Tribunal.

Recommendations

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

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

Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015
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/Family

"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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