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Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright

  • Call: 2008

Lyndsey is regularly instructed in public and private family law matters, including cases with an international element, and is part of the Court of Protection team. Lyndsey maintains a criminal defence practice and is an experienced mediator.

Background

Prior to coming to the Bar, Lyndsey worked as an assistant to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist providing medicolegal reports to the family courts and specialising in transgender issues. Lyndsey continues to produce publications through this partnership.

Lyndsey joined Garden Court Chambers in 2018 following ten successful years at a busy common law set.

Publications

Publications include a discussion of the issues faced by transgender clients within private law children proceedings and applications under the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Lyndsey has been interviewed by LexisNexis regarding the decisions in J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender) [2017] EWFC 4 and Re M [2017] EWCA Civ 2164.

Lyndsey has also recorded podcasts on parental alienation and representing clients with disabilities. Lyndsey also regularly produces judgment summaries for Family Law Week.

Lyndsey was contracted to edit and maintain the Practical Law (Thomson Reuters) domestic violence and abuse section in 2017. She has also produced a number of articles for Practical Law, including publications on s20 agreements and claims under the Human Rights Act. 

Training and Seminars

Lyndsey regularly produces training materials and undertakes seminars for the benefit of professional clients. Lyndsey has a particular interest in issues relating to transgender clients and chaired group sessions discussing the impact of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 at the International Women’s Conference 2015.

Lyndsey spent some months in Cambodia in 2015 working with a number of NGOs specialising in human rights advocacy. She continues to assist and advise remotely.

Awards

2012: One of four barristers shortlisted for Jordan’s Young Family Law of the Year award

2007: Major Scholar (Lord Astbury), Middle Temple

2006: Major Scholar (Lord Astbury), Middle Temple

Lyndsey is regularly instructed in all areas of family law including public law, private law and applications for injunctive relief.

Lyndsey is often instructed in cases involving non-accidental injury. In particular, she has represented clients in a number of cases involving ‘shaken baby syndrome’ (both as sole and led Junior). Lyndsey also acts in cases involving international child abduction and relocation.

In her private law practice, Lyndsey has a special interest in cases involving transgender issues.

Lyndsey frequently represents vulnerable clients in the family and criminal courts, as well as the Court of Protection.

Care proceedings dismissed against parents accused of fracturing baby’s arm and leg

Re C [2018]

Represented the mother in a case whereby the parents were accused of causing a number ofnon-accidental fractures to a baby. At the end of a six day fact-finding hearing, no findings were made against either parent, the care proceedings were dismissed and the children were returned home.

Represented the mother in a case whereby the parents were accused of causing two separate fractures to a baby. At the end of a six day fact-finding hearing, no findings were made against either parent, care proceedings were dismissed and the children were returned home.

Contact put in place for mother of baby who had ingested Class A drugs

Re R-L [2017]

Represented mother in care case whereby young infant had suffered developmental delay due to ingestion of Class A drugs. Contact regime put in place for mother.

Children rehabilitated to parents following allegations of inappropriate physical chastisement

Re R, N and D [2017]

Represented Tamil mother in care case with allegations of inappropriate physical chastisement. Children rehabilitated to parents’ care.

Acted in application for reintroduction of contact to transgender parent 

Re E [2015]:

Represented parent in private law children case whereby one parent was undergoing gender reassignment. Issues relating to reintroduction of child to parent after long period of no contact.

Represented Local Authority in case of shaken baby syndrome

Re M [2013]

Acted as junior alone for Local Authority in case of shaken baby syndrome. After ten day fact-finding hearing, findings were made that the child had been shaken. Child subsequently rehabilitated to parents.

Represented Local Authority as led junior in case of alleged shaken baby syndrome.

London Borough of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam): 

Acted as led junior representing the Local Authority in alleged case of shaken baby syndrome, in which the child was determined to have died as a result of a complex medical condition.

Lyndsey has acted in cases involving jurisdictional disputes, relocation applications and child abduction matters.

NOTABLE CASES 

Jurisdiction deemed to lie in Spain, despite consent order accepting that jurisdiction remained in England and Wales

GW v MW [2015] EWFC 56:

Successfully argued that the matter should be heard in Spain, despite previous consent order accepting that jurisdiction remained in England and Wales.

Determined that matter should be heard in England and Wales despite children being habitually resident in Eire

T v T [2012] EWHC 2877 (Fam):

Successfully argued that England and Wales was the appropriate jurisdiction for a private family law dispute, where the children’s habitual residence was deemed to lie in Eire and the issue of jurisdiction was contested.

Lyndsey is a member of the Court of Protection team. She has represented clients and Local Authorities in a variety of proceedings including personal welfare applications, deprivation of liberty applications (including emergency applications) and applications involving teenagers. Lyndsey has found that her family law experience has been of particular assistance when acting in cases that fall between the Court of Protection and Children Act 1989, particularly those relating to complex medical issues and vulnerable clients.

Lyndsey began practicing criminal law in 2008 and has defended clients in a range of cases including serious violence, sexual offences, drug offences and fraud. Lyndsey has particular expertise representing vulnerable clients.

Lyndsey often deals with issues straddling criminal law and family law proceedings, including acting in linked criminal law and care proceedings. Lyndsey has acted as sole and led junior in hearings determining disclosure issues, publicity and Public Interest Immunity proceedings.

Lyndsey qualified as a mediator in 2014 through ADRg. She mediates family cases involving children and financial arrangements, medical issues and intergenerational disputes.

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