All members of Senate House Chambers take on privately and publicly funded work at every level of court. Our barristers provide a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience.

Civil Law

We welcome instructions regarding civil matters in the Small Claims Court and on the Fast Track.

The range of civil issues we help with includes -:

  • Contract disputes
  • Road traffic incidents
  • Credit hire
  • Charging orders
  • Infant settlement approval hearings
  • Summary/default judgment hearings
  • Possession hearings
  • Protection from harassment applications
  • Bankruptcy

Senate House Chambers Civil Law Team

Stephen Moore
Year of Call: 2010

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Year of Call: 2010
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Leicester)
Bar Vocational Course: Nottingham Law School – Very Competent
Scholarships and Awards: Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Award 2009/2010 (Middle Temple)
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law

Practice Overview: Family Law: Stephen’s extensive and varied advocacy experience, developed in the Criminal Courts, has been instrumental in his developing Family Law practice. Appearing in Private and Public Law matters, Stephen has experience of working with urgent applications, vulnerable clients and matters involving new born children. Stephen’s calm and patient manner is an asset when dealing with cases that inevitably involve sensitive issues.

Criminal Law: Stephen’s experience at both the employed and independent Bar has provided him with a wealth of experience in Criminal Proceedings. Stephen regularly appears in the Crown Court and is an experienced trial advocate. This experience covers the full range of criminal matters, from driving offences, DVSA matters, dishonesty, violence (including armed robbery and s.18 GBH matters), drug offences (including conspiracy and supply matters), as well as Police Property Act and POCA proceedings. Stephen also has experience as a led junior, having appeared in a multi-defendant murder.

Stephen’s pragmatic, hard-working and approachable demeanour has helped to develop his already impressive reputation; a reputation that he continues to build upon.

Civil Law: Stephen has experience of undertaking a wide range of small civil hearings, including residential possessions, interim applications, infant approval hearings and small claims, as well as Driver Conduct hearings before the Traffic Commissioner.
Background: Before joining Chambers, Stephen was employed as an in-house advocate for a firm of solicitors, predominantly working in their Crown Court Department. Prior to commencing pupillage, Stephen worked as a freelance County Court Advocate.
Appointments: CPS Advocate Panel – Level 1

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Andrew Duncan
Year of Call: 2011

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Degree: BPP LAW SCHOOL
Bar Professional Training Course (VC)

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
LL.M International Law

UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX
LL.B (Hons) Law

Call: 28th July 2011

Inn of Court: The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Practice areas: Family

Profile: Andrew has developed a specialist Family Law practice, including public, private law and matrimonial finance proceedings.

Andrew has established a practice far beyond his year of call and has achieved a particularly strong reputation for his work in public law cases.

Andrew is an approachable and down to earth barrister. He is also a straight talker, who will quickly put clients at ease. Recognised as a team player, Andrew is valued by his professional clients as someone who will always go the extra mile.

Andrew has developed a successful direct access practice for private children work and receives many referrals from his clients. Andrew is a resolute advocate and members of the judiciary have often commented on his ability to forensically cross-examine to great effect.

Andrew is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Notable Cases:
Re HW (2017)
On behalf of a father, Andrew successfully appealed the decision of the lower court to make care and placement orders following a final hearing. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by both the Local Authority and the children’s guardian. The appeal was allowed and the matter listed for re-hearing.

Re EW (2016)
Andrew, acting for the Local Authority, successfully appealed the decision of a District Judge to adjourn care and placement order applications for a further six months to allow time for the mother to engage in further therapy. This was following a fully contested seven-day trial. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by legal teams for both the mother and the father.

Re JB (2016)
Andrew successfully opposed three interim removal hearings sought by the Local Authority. At the conclusion of the proceedings, two of the three children remained in the care of Andrew’s client.

Re P (2016)
Andrew successfully sought multiple findings on behalf of a mother who had been subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour by the father, who used the interpretation of religious scripture as a defence.

Re BK (2015)
Andrew successfully sought the return of three children made subject to police protection orders during on-going proceedings. The children were returned to the interim care of the parents that day, before the 72 hour PPO time limit expired.

Re K (2015)
Andrew, on behalf of a child in private law proceedings, successfully sought a transfer of residence to the father and the imposition of supervised contact to the mother. This was following the mother originally making allegations of child sexual abuse against the father that were not proven. On the contrary, findings regarding the mother’s harmful psychological state were made against her.

Re C (2015)
Andrew successfully sought findings of enduring, systemic and compulsive lying against a prima facie credible father. It was found that these lies were likely to effect the long term emotional welfare of the child concerned and the case concluded with a ‘no contact’ order.

Achievements:
During his years as a student, Andrew won the first year Mooting Competition at the University of Sussex. During the same year, he won the University Negotiating Competition, was placed first in the South Region finals and went on to the UK National Finals.

During his second year Andrew mooted at Lewes Crown Court, competed in the ESU Mooting competition, and at the National Finals of the Telder International Moot Court competition. In the same year he was elected as President of the University’s Student Law Society, managing a committee of 25 and a membership body of 600 students. Andrew scored the highest mark for Civil Advocacy in his year, whilst studying the BPTC at the BPP Law School, London.

Interests:
A passion for the countryside, you will find him engaged in most country pursuits, from skiing and scuba diving to fly fishing for salmon.

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Ayesha Bell-Paris
Year of Call: 2012


Year of Call: 2012

Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Degree(s): BA (English); University College London
Graduate Diploma in Law; Kaplan Law School, London

Bar Professional Training Course: Kaplan Law School, London

Scholarships and Awards:
Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Winner of the Crowther Shield Advocacy Competition (Lincoln’s Inn)

Appointments and Memberships:
Treasury Solicitor “Baby Barrister” Scheme
IPSEA Tribunal Support Volunteer
Denning Society (Lincoln’s Inn)

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Law, Immigration

Public Access scheme:
Ayesha is able to accept instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Profile:
Ayesha joined Senate House Chambers as a tenant in 2014, following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Michelle Christie. She has since developed a busy and varied practice and has gained experience in all of chambers’ practice areas.

Family Law:
Ayesha receives instructions in all areas of family law; including both public and private law children proceedings, injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996 and matrimonial finance applications.

Ayesha enjoys a balanced practice, having represented local authorities, parents, grandparents and children’s guardians. Her sensitive and pragmatic approach has been commended by lay clients and Judges alike. She also appreciates the importance of being able to work as a team alongside her professional clients.

Ayesha often acts for vulnerable clients, such as those for whom English is not their first language or those represented by the Official Solicitor.

Through her work with IPSEA, Ayesha also has an interest in cases involving Education Law. She welcomes instructions from parents of children attending the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Criminal Law:
 Ayesha has a thriving criminal practice, which continues to expand both in terms of prosecuting and defending. Ayesha has had particular experience in the youth court, has been instructed on behalf of the Royal Mail and has also acted for Police Federation members who are facing criminal proceedings.

Civil Law:
 Ayesha regularly appears in the County Court and is instructed in relation to housing matters, small claims trials and other civil applications.

Immigration: Ayesha has gained experience representing the Entry Clearance Officer and Secretary of State at the First Tier Immigration Tribunal and also welcomes instructions from Appellants.

Background:
 Prior to securing pupillage, Ayesha worked as a freelance outdoor clerk in the Family Courts and was largely based at the Principal Registry of the Family Division in London. She also represented appellants at the Social Security Tribunal through the Free Representation Unit and was an IPSEA volunteer, acting for parents at Special Educational Needs Tribunals.

Interests: Ayesha is a certified scuba diver and enjoys travelling to foreign climes so that she can make new underwater friends. When on dry land, Ayesha enjoys cooking, going to the theatre, electronic music and all equestrian pursuits.

Sophie Gayner
Year of Call: 2012

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Year of Call: 2012, Lincoln’s Inn

Education:
BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Liverpool
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law
Bar Professional Training Course, Manchester Metropolitan University

Awards:
Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (2015-2016)

Profile:

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Sophie worked as a Family Paralegal, carrying out a wide range of work in both private and public law. In her role Sophie regularly attended Court to assist counsel, as well attending public law outline meetings and representing clients in family law injunction proceedings.

Whilst working as a paralegal, Sophie set up the annual Hertfordshire Legal Walk in partnership with the Access to Justice Foundation, to raise funds for free legal advice charities.

Following successful completion of her Pupillage under the supervision of Michelle Christie, Sophie has now been welcomed as a Tenant to Senate House Chambers.

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Kate Yeomans
Year of Call: 2007


Year of Call: 2007
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn
Degree: LL.B (Hons)

Kate joined chambers as a pupil in October 2015 after practicing as a county court advocate for several years. Kate has recently completed her first six under the supervision of Lianne Murphy (Joint Head of Chambers).

Kate has gained valuable experience observing private and public children law and financial remedy proceedings during her first six. Kate has also spent time with the Crime Team and has seen a range of criminal cases in both the Magistrates and the Crown Court.

Kate will be available for instruction from 12th April 2016 in all main areas of law, commensurate with her experience and year of call.

For advice or representation that is timely, thorough and effective, contact us:
Tel – 01604 210 979
Fax – 01604 622 283
Email – clerks@senatehousechambers.com

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