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Naomi Wiseman meets with MPs on campaign to end child marriage in England and Wales

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Law Team is advising the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) in relation to their campaign (with other groups) to introduce legislation to end child marriage in England and Wales.

5 November 2019

Re S (A Child: Adequacy of reasoning) [2019] EWCA Civ 1845

Malek Wan Daud of Garden Court Chambers represented the respondent child by his children's guardian, instructed by Collins Solicitors.

4 November 2019

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Can the Family Court lawfully injunct the Secretary of State for the Home Department from the exercise of their immigration powers in relation to a mother and child by making an FGM protection order?

James Holmes and Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Family Law Team represented the Local Authority. Kathryn Cronin and Artis Kakonge of the Garden Court Family Law Team represented the Child.

14 October 2019

The restraint of children and the importance of the continuity of professionals for children placed in care

Allison Munroe (for the applicant) and Rebekah Wilson (for the second respondent child through his guardian) of the Garden Court Family Law Team appeared in an important reported case before Mr Justice MacDonald in the High Court.

27 September 2019

Naomi Wiseman and Emma Fenn of Garden Court advising campaign to end child marriage in the UK

Naomi Wiseman of the Garden Court Chambers Family Law Team and Emma Fenn of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team are advising the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO).

25 July 2019

Family Law Update: Wasted costs against non-parties in family proceedings

Written by Nisha Bambhra of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: Family Justice Council interim guidance on special guardianship

Written by Victoria Burgess of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: Uncertain perpetrator cases – the correct approach

Written by William Tautz of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

12 July 2019

Family Law Update: 'Placement in Ghana: proportionality, human rights and the guardian'

This case concerns a decision as to whether the child, ‘A’ should be placed in Ghana with extended family members or remain in the UK in the care of his foster carer.

2 April 2019

Family Law Update: "Reporting restrictions: when are they useful?"

This case concerns the making of a reporting restrictions order in relation to the birth parents of a young child.

2 April 2019

Family Law Update: When should a ward of court be permitted to attend a foreign trial to give evidence?

This case concerns two boys, X who is 12 years old and Y who is 8 years old. Both were wards of the court. The application was for X to travel to India to answer a witness summons is

2 April 2019

Natural family in Ghana, securing Article 8 rights

Rebekah Wilson acted for the Appellant, Monifa Walters-Thompson acted pro bono for the fourth respondents and Maggie Jones acted for the Respondent Children’s Guardian.

10 January 2019

Family Law Update: Teenagers, secure accommodation and the relevance of consent

Written by Mai-Ling Savage of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: The recognition of foreign adoptions

Written by Kathryn Cronin of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: Order!

Written by Christopher McWatters of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

Family Law Update: Civil restraint orders

Written by Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

17 December 2018

High Court hears failed asylum seeker's daughter 'at FGM risk'

Garden Court's James Holmes is instructed by Suffolk County Council.

1 November 2018

Placement of a child outside their natural family

Amina Ahmed explores the test used in deciding the correct balance for a child's growing up in his culture of origin or in proximity with his family in the UK.

31 October 2018

Appeal in care proceedings involving rival Special Guardianship Order contenders: a foster carer and extended family members in Ghana. Appeal allowed.

Rebekah Wilson instructed for the Appellant. Maggie Jones instructed for the Respondent Children's Guardian. 

30 October 2018

Statutory Charge: Care Costs and Human Rights Act Applications

The following guidance applies when making an HRA application: make a separate and standalone application, and keep costs of pursuing the HRA claim separate from the care case.

18 September 2018

The London Infant and Family Team & The New Orleans Intervention Model

In England two local authorities – Croydon and Tower Hamlets –  have been trialling the New Orleans Intervention Model, a relationship focused intervention for families involved in care proceedings. King's College London are currently undertaking a random

18 September 2018

Beware drafters of threshold documents

Lessons can be learnt from two recent cases regarding the phrasing of a) threshold documents and b) the court’s findings in relation to threshold. 

18 September 2018

Garden Court Chambers welcome Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright and Monifa Walters-Thompson to the Family Team

We are delighted to announce that Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright and Monifa Walters-Thompson have joined the Family Law Team at Garden Court Chambers.

10 August 2018

Court of Appeal allows first successful appeal against Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order

Sarah Forster appeared on behalf of the mother and James Holmes, who was also instructed at first instance, appeared on behalf the local authority led by Hannah Markham QC.

1 August 2018

What is confidentiality and does it matter anymore?

Sections 97(2) and (6) of the Children Act 1989 make it a criminal offence for anyone to publish material likely to identify a child involved in proceedings under the Act. The prohibition only lasts until the end of the proceedings - Clayton v Clayton [20

15 May 2018

Is it time for a protocol on international kinship assessments?

With Brexit looming and a rise in the number of care applications, the issue of international assessments has a sharper focus. It is time for a protocol on international kinship assessments which will significantly aid in a more robust case management.

15 May 2018

Family cases and Deprivation of Liberty

There have been two important recent cases which have considered issues of deprivation of liberty and young people subject to care proceedings.

15 May 2018

Equality law update: Re M

Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team has published the below article for Jordans Family Law.

11 April 2018

Malek Wan Daud joins Council of Europe delegation to Portugal to evaluate implementation of Istanbul Convention on Combating Violence Against Women

Malek Wan Daud is a member of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

28 March 2018

Garden Court Chambers welcome Nisha Bambhra and Katherine Duncan to the Family Team

We are delighted to announce that Nisha Bambhra and Katherine Duncan have joined the Family Law Team.

20 October 2017

Garden Court Family Law Team and Mai-Ling Savage nominated for Bar Pro Bono Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Family Team and Mai-Ling Savage, as an individual, have been nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2017.

13 October 2017

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