• 3PB are delighted to announce that one of its 70-strong specialist family barristers, Melissa Barlow, has been appointed to the Circuit Bench.  Her Honour Judge Barlow will sit in the Bristol CJC, hearing Family cases. Called to the bar in 1991, Melissa was appointed as Recorder in 2016, authorised to hear Family Law cases on the Western Circuit. With over 20 years’ experience in family law, Melissa had a wide ranging family practice encompassing all...

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  • Ségolène Lapeyre joins the 3PB Family team in London, having just completed her pupillage at QEB, a leading matrimonial finance set in London. A first class honours student from the LSE and McGill University in Montréal, she boasts the Prince of Wales Scholarship at Gray’s Inn alongside a raft of student examination prizes. Ségolène’s practice covers all areas of private family law, with a particular focus on financial remedies and private law children proceedings. She...

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  • The 3PB family team has published its September newsletter bringing you a round-up of news, articles and presentations from our latest brunch talks. Edited by Amy Beddis, this issue includes contributions from or news about Elizabeth McGrath QC, Vanessa Meachin QC, Martine Kushner, Lawrence Messling, Lucy Hendry, Rachael Goodall, Michael George, Aimee Fox, Emma Harman, Emma Griffiths, Alex Hodge, Oliver Thorne, Emma Southern as well as details of our upcoming events featuring Elisabeth Hudson, Nathalie...

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  • Members of 3PB’s family team have been involved in three reported cases this quarter, which will make a real difference to everyday practice. The first of these cases involved our head of team, Vanessa Meachin QC and Lucy Hendry in the case of Lancashire County Council v M and others [2020] EWFC 43 which involved an application to adjourn a part-heard final hearing due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The full judgment can...

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  • We are delighted to announce that 3PB’s Rachael Goodall has been shortlisted for the ‘Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year’ award at this year’s Family Law Awards. 3PB’s Family clerking team, led by Rob Leonard and Ian Charlton, have also been shortlisted for Clerking Team of the Year for the second consecutive year. In shortlisting Rachael and the Family Clerking team, the Awards acknowledged the six-office national chambers’ barristers and its clerks for their...

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  • 3PB offer many congratulations to the announcement that one of its family barristers’ Martine Kushner has been appointed to be a Circuit Judge. She will be known as Her Honour Judge Kushner. Called to the bar in 1980, Martine was appointed as a Recorder in 2002. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed her to the South Eastern Circuit, based at the Central Family Court with effect from today, 1 September 2020. Formal confirmation of her...

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  • 3PB Barristers have created a dedicated webpage on its website to act as a hub for the many articles, briefings and webinar and podcast recordings about lockdown laws and regulations as well as practical issues like court attendance, e-bundles, remote and hybrid hearings. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to create employment, contractual and other legal challenges which are in many ways unprecedented. The impact of the virus is being felt, and in response, 3PB have...

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  • 3PB’s specialist family and education law barrister, Aimee Fox has had an article published in the Family Law Journal. Aimee has provided her insight into how a child's additional needs may have an impact on private law and financial remedy proceedings. She also gives tips on where evidence can be found and what to look for. To read the full article, which was first published in June 2020 in the Family Law Journal, please click here. To discuss...

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  • Members of 3PB's family team presented “You be The Judge of That” - an interactive virtual FDR last week. You can now watch the event back via the video below! The unique interactive FDR format put our delegates in the Judge’s Chair, asked them to solve contemporary legal problems and participate in live online polling. Our specialist panel of DDJs and Recorders including Hamish Dunlop Michael George Elizabeth McGrath QC Vanessa Meachin QC Simon Lillington Tonia Clark and Rachael Goodall shared their...

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  • 3PB’s specialist family law barrister Alex Hodge has reviewed the fairness of a judicial system in which hearings are conducted remotely in an article just published in Family Law Week. Since the 23rd March 2020, the UK has been under strict lockdown measures. These measures introduced different ways of working for the legal industry and since then most family Court matters have been heard remotely. In Family Law Week, Alex writes about the challenges faced...

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  • The 3PB family team brings you a round-up of the latest news and a summary of the talks from our recent series of brunch talks. This issue includes contributions from or news about Vanessa Meachin QC, Aimee Fox, Amy Beddis, Gemma Chapman, Emma Harman, Emma Griffiths, Michael George, Antonida Kocharova, James Legg, Hamish Dunlop, Sarah Jennings, Theresa Lim, Adeo Fraser, Nicola Frost, Hannah Bush, and Steven Howard as well as details of our upcoming events....

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  • 3PB are delighted to announce that family barrister Hannah Bush has been appointed a Deputy District Judge and a part-time First Tier Tribunal judge after separate competitions, the latter of which was announced today Thursday 28 May 2020. Hannah will sit in the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber and will hear appeals concerned with Special Educational Needs and Disability and will sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Midlands Circuit. Hannah was called to...

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