Outside Chambers life John can often be found wondering the Kent countryside or otherwise trying to keep up with his three children.
John’s practice encompasses public and private child law, matrimonial finance and unmarried couples’ disputes.
He has been listed in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2019 and 2018 guides. He is described as ‘very experienced in public and private children law matters’ and ‘pragmatic, forthright and intelligent’.
John is a regular speaker at seminars held by chambers in his specialist areas.
- Public Law Children
- Financial Remedy – including complex and high value disputes
- Private Law Children
- Cohabitation Disputes / TOLATA claims
- Schedule 1 claims under the Children Act 1989
O v B-M (2019) EWFC B23
Successfully represent the respondent in a contested divorce matter in the Central Family Court. The applicant argued that they had undertaken a customary marriage in Ghana in 2009. The expert evidence strongly favoured that assertion, as did numerous witnesses present at the ceremony. Following a 5-day hearing the court did not find that the parties had married. The court found that the expert witness had ‘over reached’ and that the applicant lacked credibility.
A v A (2018)
Successfully represented the father in a private law child case where all contact had stopped between him and his children following serious allegations of domestic violence made against him by the mother. The allegations included rape. Having heard evidence over a number of days the court made no finding of fact on the allegations; reinstated contact and determined the mothers’ allegations were ‘implausible’. The court also made a costs order against the mother.
W v W (2018)
Successfully represented the father in a private law child case where all contact had stopped 18 months previously due to allegations of domestic abuse by the mother. The cafcass officer recommended no contact and that the father attend a 42-week domestic violence perpetrator program. After a multiple day hearing the court made no findings on any of the allegations made against him and determined that the cafcass officer’s analysis had been ‘inadequate’. Contact was reinstated.
MC v S and Ors (to be reported) (2019)
Successfully represented a mother with four children in care proceedings. A previous Supervision Order had failed and the Local Authority (supported by all the experts) sought a plan for the children to remain in long-term foster care. The mother had been diagnosed with a personality disorder and had attempted to take her own life. Following a 6-day final hearing the children were rehabilitated back to the mother; the Local Authority was criticised by the Judge for its failure to support her during the Supervision Order. The judgment also highlights the systemic failings facing parents (particularly young mother’s) within care proceedings, accessing treatment for mental health problems.
- KCC v D & Ors  EWFC 59
- KCC v D & Ors (2) (Fact Finding)  EWFC 93
- KCC v D & Ors (3) (Application for Re-Hearing)  EWFC 94
- KCC v D & Ors (4) (Re W)  EWFC 94
- KCC v D & Ors (5) (Re-hearing)  EWFC 96
- KCC v A & Ors (Progess by adults with large family over 12 months. Finely balanced departure from experts opinions)  EWFC B95
- O v B-M  EWFC B23 (16 February 2019)
- FLBA (Family Law Bar Association)
- ALC (Association of Lawyers for Children)
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Specialising in matrimonial finance and children matters. Members appear in the regional courts as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal. They often act in financial remedy proceedings relating to farms, companies, properties and other assets. In addition they are adept at dealing with serious child care allegations including physical abuse and death.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019