More Family Resources

“6 Pump Court’s group has ‘a breadth and depth of knowledge’ in both children and finance matters. Areas of expertise range from complex TOLATA claims to international children relocation cases”.
Legal 500 2015

Articles and Comment

Family Drug and Alcohol Court to be extended to Kent and Medway and East Sussex

Kristiina Reed writes on the extension of the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts system to cover Kent and Medway and East Sussex.  To read the full article click here


Useful Guidance

Vulnerable witnesses and parties in the family courts – Toolkit 13: Advocates Gateway

This resource published in November 2014 contains very useful guidance on the early identification of vulnerability in witnesses and parties. It focuses on reasonable adjustments can be made to the legal process to ensure fairness and to help vulnerability be identified as early as possible.
Use the link on the Advocates Gateway website to access Tookit 13 and others.


Some of our Recent Notable Cases

Birch v Birch (2015)
Appeared for the appellate wife in a case concerning the variation of undertakings in final orders in financial remedy proceedings. The Court held that whilst undertakings can be varied they cannot be varied so as to revisit the primary territory of the original order. The extent to which they can be varied is limited.
Stephen Hockman QC and Jane Campbell
Full summary available on Family Law Week

Re MM (A Child) (2014)
Application by mother to relocate to South Africa with her child, aged 15 months at the time of the judgment. Permission to the mother was granted.  [2014] EWFC B176.   Grant Armstrong
Full summary available on Family Law Week

Re G (Children) (2014)
Appeared successfully in Court of Appeal representing applicant biological mother seeking PR. Order of circuit judge refusing PR set aside. Same sex relationship between parties. Children conceived through IVF using applicant’s eggs and sperm from anonymous donor. Embryo implanted into respondent birth mother. First reported case of its kind where biological mother was without PR due to the terms of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 1990.
[2014] EWCA Civ 336. Jane Campbell
Full summary available on Family Law Week
Further news item available here

K (A Child) (2014)
Successfully represented a father in contempt proceedings arising in a long running habitual residence case where a child had been left with paternal relatives abroad.  [2014] EWCA Civ 905. Reported at [2014] Fam. Law 1384. Grant Armstrong
Full summary available on Family Law Week

Re B (Child Evidence) (2014)
F seeking access to son. M relying on F’s 12 year old step daughter evidence in relation to events when she was 10 as witness to allegations of domestic violence. Judge makes orders for CAFCASS to interview non subject child and to provide evidence to Court. Issues as to role of CAFCASS in obtaining providing evidence of step daughter in Private Law proceedings.
[2014] EWCA Civ 1015. Reported at [2014] Fam. Law 1386.  Grant Armstrong
Full summary available on Family Law Week