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Monifa Walters-Thompson

Year of Call: 2014

"She is great, delightful to deal with and very competent. We will definitely be using her again."

Sweetman Burke & Sinker

"[She] really showed her level of preparation by her detailed knowledge of the case she'd only just taken on."

Hopkin Murray Beskine

"I cannot recommend Ms Walters-Thompson more highly. She was so thorough, professional and personable in dealing with my recent public law care case. The Circuit Judge praised her in his final Judgement for leaving no stone unturned."

Elaine O'Brien, Collins Solicitors

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Monifa specialises in family law. She has a busy practice representing clients in public and private law matters, with expertise in care proceedings representing all parties.

Family Law

Overview

Monifa is an experienced practitioner in care proceedings, representing all parties including parents, the children's guardian and local authorities. Monifa provides astute and practical advice to lay and professional clients.

Since joining Garden Court Monifa has broadened her practice, working with lay clients from diverse minority backgrounds and with vulnerabilities including learning difficulties and mental health diagnoses. Alongside all respondents in care proceedings, she has run cases on behalf of interveners, grandparents and designated local authorities.

As a practitioner she is known for being thorough in her preparation, producing documents that assist the bench and demonstrating all areas of the case have been considered.

Monifa is familiar with applications for secure orders and adoptions, including applications for leave to oppose.

Monifa has a particular interest in private law cases that involve children with disabilities and special needs, adapting submissions and case law to the particular needs of the family. She has extensive experience in child arrangement order proceedings and injunctions, including final hearings and fact finding hearings.

Outside of children matters, she has experience with contested divorce matters, specifically pertaining to the validity of foreign divorces including Khula' and Talaq.

Monifa also has a written element to her practice having drafted advice in the following areas: enforcement of child arrangements orders; education law; Public Interest Immunity applications; applications to discharge parental responsibility; and the use of the inherent jurisdiction in abduction cases.

Monifa is qualified to take work on a public access basis.

Notable Cases

H-B-S (Children: Discharge of Interim Care Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 1027 (03 August 2020)

C-D (A Child), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 501 (08 April 2020)

Re A [2018] EWHC 3625 (Fam) (10 December 2018)
Monifa was instructed by Miles & Partners pro bono for the fourth respondents, Mr and Mrs H in the re-hearing of the appeal A (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 220. The child was placed with extended family in Ghana (Mr and Mrs H) under an SGO as opposed to with the UK based foster carer; the placement option supported by the Guardian. The judgment focused on Article 8 identity rights and proportionality when considering a placement outside the natural family.

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Court of Protection

Due to her background working with individuals lacking capacity Monifa has an interest in cases in the Court of Protection. She is looking forward to growing her practice in this area.

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Pro Bono Work

Monifa undertakes pro bono work for Southall Black Sisters and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Her recent pro bono cases include a successful discharge of a prohibited steps order, allowing a Mother to visit India with her daughter; and advice on a protracted contact matter with parties across continents.

Monifa would like to expand her practice in the areas of forced marriage, FGM and surrogacy.

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Notable Cases & News

Stuck Between a Virus and a Human Rights Breach…

Blog post by Monifa Walters-Thompson of the Garden Court Chambers Family Team.

24 February 2021

Approved Judgment: H-B-S (Children)

Mai-Ling Savage and Monifa Walters-Thompson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the appellant, Rebekah Wilson of the Garden Court Family Team represented the respondent mother, and Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright of the Garden Court Family Team represen

29 July 2020

The unprecedented case of a third fact finding hearing

Author: Monifa Walters-Thompson - Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

11 March 2020

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

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

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

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

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Background

Prior to joining Garden Court Monifa undertook her pupillage Four Brick Court.

Monifa studied law at the University of Kent, where she obtained First Class Honours.

Monifa practices contemporary dance at the Central School of Ballet and the City Academy in her spare time.

Education

  • University of Kent, Law, First Class Honours

Professional Membership

  • Middle Temple
  • Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Association of Lawyers for Children

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