Contact and Clerk
Clerk: Mr Gareth Latchem
All aspects of family law proceedings, in particular public law child care, adoption and secure accommodation, acting for parents, local authorities, Guardians and children.
Private law proceedings, in particular residence, contact, prohibited steps and specific issues.
Removal from the jurisdiction.
Matrimonial financial relief, maintenance pending suit and periodical payments proceedings.
Applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable financial provision.
Family law appeals.
Extensive experience in civil law, in particular personal injury, housing, debt recovery, bankruptcy and insolvency, civil actions against the police, property and boundary disputes, consumer credit and road traffic law.
“Hard-working and passionate” (Chambers UK Legal Guide 2008)
Plymouth CC v G (children)  EWCA Civ 1271 (recently considered in detail and approved in Re B-S (Children)  EWCA Civ 1146)
My client (a mother) and I successfully resisted placement orders being made for her children; decision upheld on appeal.
Re J (Leave to Remove: Urgent Case)  EWCA Civ 1897
My client (a father) and I successfully resisted the mother’s appeal against the High Court granting him leave to remove the children to live with him in Bulgaria.
Devon County Council v H (2005, unreported, CA)
My client (a mother) and I unsuccessfully appealed to the CA against findings of inter-sibling sexual abuse for which she was held responsible.
Somerset County Council v H (2012 unreported CA)
My client (a mother), having had her three daughters removed from her care with care plans for adoption, and having had her appeal to the CA dismissed, has now successfully applied for the placement orders to be discharged, is having extensive contact with the children in care, and has applied (unsuccessfully) for the care orders to be discharged. A further discharge application is planned.
Somerset County Council v B & S (unreported) Bristol High Court 16/9/13
A detailed analysis was handed down of the powers of the High Court to place a 17-year- old into secure accommodation under the court’s inherent jurisdiction. I co-wrote an article about the case in Family Law, February 2014.
Devon County Council v D and G (2013 unreported)
My client (a young mother) and I persuaded the court, against the advice of professional assessors, the social worker and the Guardian, not to make care and placement orders for adoption, but to return the baby to her fulltime care. Mother and baby are flourishing.
Plymouth City Council v L (2013 unreported)
My client (a father) had extensive findings made against him of significant sexual abuse of minor girls, though two separate allegations of rape were dismissed.
Torbay Council v A (2011 unreported)
My client (a mother) and I successfully persuaded a court that her five children should be rehabilitated to her joint care with her husband, despite findings having been made against him that he had physically and sexually abused a minor, and lied repeatedly about the same. One year later, the children were removed into care once again under allegations of neglect; at a contested interim care hearing we successfully persuaded the court (against the advice of the social worker and Guardian) to return the children home. The family is flourishing.
Torbay Council v L-M (2012 unreported)
My client (a father) successfully persuaded a court that five children should remain at home in the joint care of himself and the mother and not be removed into care, contrary to the evidence of numerous professionals, including a psychologist, social workers and the Guardian. The family is flourishing.
1988 Inner Temple
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Western Circuiteer since 1995
Cross country running, acting, choral singing, sea swimming.
Married father of two grown up daughters.
London Counsel 1988 – 1995: Exeter Counsel 1995 to date.