New decade, new win at the Metro Bank Professionals Pool League - Feb 2020
Adam Smith has been practising family law for over 30 years, specialising in both public and private law children’s matters for the majority of his career and is head of the family team in Brighton.
Adam is instrumental in the progression of the Sussex Experts witness pilot scheme, which is introducing the Justice Ryder proposals for modernising the Family Justice system. He was Chair of the Sussex Family Law Bar association, until he stepped down in 2012 to concentrate on his Local Family Justice Board responsibilities.
Adam enjoys delivering training to all professions and disciplines involved in the family justice system.Children (Public Law)
Adam has extensive experience in all aspects of children’s proceedings, from the Court of Appeal to the Family Proceedings Court. He has been involved in complex and lengthy causation hearings involving conflicting medical expert opinion. He has a track record for effectively representing all parties in proceedings, but derives particular satisfaction from representing child parties in their own right.
- Re: A County Council v KO & RL & ML & MML (by their guardian)  EWFC 21: Acted for the second respondent in an application for care orders relating to two children.
- Re G (A Child) (CA)  EWCA Civ 1377.
- A County Council v K, C & T (CA)  2 FLR 817.
- Re H (Care proceedings: Disclosure) (CA)  2 FLR 1531.
- Re F  (Judicial Review). A high profile matter attracting media attention.
- Re S  (Multiple NAI head injury- 10 day fact finding).
- Re W (Contact: Joining child as a party) [CA] (2003) 1 FLR 681.
Adam has significant experience in complex private law matters. These include private law cases involving allegations implacable hostility, shared care arrangements, internal and external relocation, special guardianship and fact-finding hearings regarding domestic violence, sexual abuse and children giving evidence. Adam also acts for parents in section 8 Children Act 1989 applications, including those which feature non-compliance and enforcement, require a rule 16.4 guardian, involving permission to remove children from England and Wales, and where special guardianship orders are sought.
Adam Smith is experienced in handling applications for police disclosure orders (including statements; expert reports; transcripts) from the Family Court, as well as applications in the family Court for Public interest immunity, and opposing application for disclosure from the police.
1COR nominated for ‘Family Law Chamber of the Year: Regional Award’ at the Family Law Awards - Sep 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup featured in The Argus - Aug 2019
1COR proud to present the Brighton Prize for Family Law at Brighton Business School Prizegiving Ceremony - Aug 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup is here! - Jul 2019
New for 2019: Who is Who in Sussex Family Justice - Apr 2019
Chambers sponsors new website for Sussex Family Justice Board - Apr 2019
Nuffield Observatory publish Insight Piece on Quality Circle - Feb 2019
1COR speakers at the West Sussex Resolution AGM & Family Law Day - Nov 2018
1COR members demonstrate how Arbitration with Children can work at the Mock Arbitration - Jun 2018
1COR Brighton raising awareness of Mental Health for Mental Health Awareness Week - May 2018
Seven Members of Chambers address Kent Law Society Family Law Conference - Jun 2017
Brighton Clerks Win Clerking Team of the Year - Nov 2016
Adam Smith and Martin Downs speak at screening of film on Radicalisation - Nov 2016
Crown Office Row Brighton Sponsor Business School Award - Aug 2016
Court service required to fund litigation in family proceedings - Jan 2015
Seminar: Nothing else will do – Where are we now with Re B & Re BS? - Dec 2014
Family Justice? The Family Justice Review & The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders - Nov 2011
Four members in key case on the independence of Children’s Guardians - Jul 2011
We are currently recruiting family law practitioners - Dec 2010