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    Tonia Clark reviews Practice Direction 27A and its application in family proceedings

    3PB’s specialist family law barrister Tonia Clark (pictured here) has reviewed Practice Direction 27A (PD27A), which Family Court judges are increasingly exasperated is being ignored. In this article Tonia covers the importance of Practice Direction 27A, noting that non-compliance will likely mean that the Courts will consider making costs orders. Tonia also highlights the most important points to bear in mind when applying PD27A and states that the case AG v VD [2021] EWFC 9 paras...

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  • December's family law newsletter out now

    Welcome to the third edition of our family newsletter. We wish you and yours all the joys of the season and all the best for better times in 2021. In this edition we bring you a round up of the topics covered in our brunch talks, the news of a new Silk appointment in our team, new appointments to the family team, and our latest articles and news.

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    3PB sees two new Silks announced

    It is with great pleasure that 3PB Barristers announces that, on the recommendation of The Lord Chancellor, Her Majesty The Queen has announced her intention to appoint family barrister Lucy Hendry and public and employment law barrister Mathew Gullick as Queen's Counsel in the Ministry of Justice's new Silk appointments published today, 17 December 2020. Lucy Hendry was called to the Bar in 1988 and is a family barrister and accredited mediator who specialises in...

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    Family law team acts in two reported cases

    This quarter, our team has acted in two reported cases, both involving Dorian Day. The first is Local Authority -v- Mother (1) Father (2) Lucy (By Her Children’s Guardian) and Belinda [2020] EWHC 2801 (Fam), a complex case considering where Lucy should be placed following on from a lengthy and difficult finding of fact hearing. Dorian Day represented Belinda, Lucy’s older sister who was successful in arguing that Lucy should be placed with her alongside...

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    Staffordshire County Council barrister Nicola Brown joins the family law team at 3PB  

    Family barrister Nicola Brown (1998 call) is joining 3PB in Birmingham from Staffordshire County Council where she has been a senior in-house advocate undertaking many care cases involving allegations of neglect, emotional, sexual and physical abuse, child death, FII and spousal killing. Nicola, who starts with 3PB on January 4th 2021, specialises in care and placement proceedings and now acts for local authorities, parents, guardians and grandparents in cases involving serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, chronic...

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    3PB Family Clerks win the family law community vote at the 2020 Family Law Awards

    Rob Leonard, Ian Charlton and the 3PB family team clerks came out top in the public vote at this year’s Clerking Team of the Year at the prestigious Family Law Awards.  Held remotely for the first time in its ten year history, the two practice directors for the 70-strong team of family barristers were quick to thank all those who propelled them to victory this year, after missing out last year as one of the...

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  • Family barrister Hayley Manser joins the “Wessex team” at 3PB  

    Family barrister Hayley Manser (2015 call) has today, Monday 16 November 2020, joined 3PB from another chambers with London and South Coast offices, and will work jointly from the national chambers’ Bournemouth and Bristol offices. Hayley has already built up a busy practice in family law and is regularly instructed on a broad range of matters including public and private law children proceedings, matrimonial finance and Family Law Act proceedings. She is regularly instructed in...

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    3PB sponsors workshop at Family Law Live

    3PB's family team is sponsoring the The Courts and Procedure Update workshop at Resolution's Family Law Live event on 23 November. Family Law Live is a one-day virtual summit including workshops on key sector updates across six areas: Legal Aid, Tax & Pensions, International Law & Brexit, Children, Family Courts and Safeguarding National Chair Juliet Harvey will open the event by reflecting on the challenges of 2020 and how Resolution will help members navigate the...

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    Rachael Goodall highlights the impact of COVID-19 on women at the Bar for Counsel magazine

    Counsel magazine has featured 3PB’s specialist family law barrister - and Chair of the Western Circuit Women’s Forum (WCWF) - Rachael Goodall has set out the WCWF’s proposals to mitigate the threat of significant and disproportionate attrition of women from the Bar due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In Back to the Bar 2019, the Western Circuit’s Women’s Forum (WCWF) published evidence showing that two-thirds of those who left the Bar over a six-year period were women....

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    3PB sponsor Support Through Court “In Conversation with" Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC

    3PB are pleased to sponsor Support Through Court’s 4th “In Conversation” event due to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18 November 7-8.30pm. The event will be joined by Sarah Langford and William Clegg QC, who will discuss their experiences at the bar and help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Sarah Langford is a barrister from 3PB and Sunday Times Best Seller for ‘In your defense’, a book commended for powerfully communicating the...

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    3PB family team excels in Legal Directory 2021 results

    Chambers & Partners 2021 UK Bar directory attributed a record 17 barrister rankings to our Family Silks and Junior barristers, across the Midlands, Western, London and South Eastern circuits in its latest edition, covering both finance and children work. The Directory ranked the team in Band 2 in the Midlands and in the Western Circuits. Meanwhile, the Legal 500 elected to rank 24 of our members across the same four circuits. The Directory gave the...

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    46 barristers at 3PB ranked in Chambers & Partners 2021 UK Bar directory

    The 2021 Chambers and Partners legal directory - which ranks and rates barristers and solicitors based on independent research by the publisher and direct feedback from clients - has given 46 3PB barristers rankings in this year's guide, across 16 different practice areas. This includes two new group rankings for Family (Children) and Family (Matrimonial Finance) teams in the Midlands and new ratings for Chancery in the Midlands as well as Planning Law in the...

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