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Chambers has an excellent reputation for its work in Public Law Children matters.
Members have a wealth of experience acting for all sides in a range of different cases. We act for parents, interveners, grandparents, separately represented children, children via their children’s guardians and Local Authorities.
We accept instructions in care proceedings (ICOs/EPOs/Care Orders) adoption proceedings and applications for placement orders and appeals at all levels.
Our team is comprised of specialists who have expertise in the following cases:
- Wardship/Inherent Jurisdiction
- Fact-finding hearings
- Cases where there are parallel criminal proceedings
- Cases in the High Court.
- International care/adoption proceedings
- Non-accidental injuries
- Sexual abuse
- Physical harm
- Fabricated and Induced Illness
We pride ourselves on being able to provide first-class advocacy services and work in partnership with our solicitors to achieve good outcomes for clients.
Chambers is delighted to welcome Delia Minoprio - Dec 2018
Seven 1COR members in landmark Supreme Court case - Aug 2018
A warm welcome to our third six pupil Rachel Gimson - Aug 2018
Enhancing the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents - Jun 2018
1COR members demonstrate how Arbitration with Children can work at the Mock Arbitration - Jun 2018
Martin Downs in new Radicalisation Judgment about protecting older children and vulnerable adults - Apr 2017
Adam Smith and Martin Downs speak at screening of film on Radicalisation - Nov 2016
Martin Downs in case on first anniversary of Modern Slavery Act - Aug 2016
Martin Downs in Second Court of Appeal challenge on Adoption - Dec 2015
Martin Downs on Newsnight on the subject of radicalisation - Oct 2015
Martin Downs successful in Syrian Civil War Case - Mar 2015
Martin Downs in case about infant bone density - Mar 2015
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
Seminar: Article 15: Determining in which country to hold care proceedings - Nov 2014
Pegah Sharghy represents a Mother in the Court of Appeal in her claim to relocate to Brazil with her Children - Jun 2014
Eleanor Battie writes on the need for expert evidence in care proceedings for Family Law Week. - Apr 2014
New Magistrate Court Appeals Guide incorporating upcoming rule changes - Mar 2014
Martin Downs and Jacqueline Roach in the case of E where it was held that English Courts cannot prevent foreign media reporting on a Slovakian boy placed into care in the UK - Jan 2014
Martin Downs and Aviva Le Prevost successful in Court of Appeal challenge on Wardship - Jan 2013
1COR host Public Law Seminar with East Sussex Resolution - Mar 2018
Four members in key case on the independence of Children’s Guardians - Jul 2011
Martin Downs successful in international relocation appeal - Feb 2018
Martin Downs and Clare Ciborowska in case concerning placement of a child in The Gambia - Feb 2018