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Court Of Protection

We welcome instructions in the field of the Court of Protection.
If you’re looking for advice or representation in any aspect of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, we can advise or represent –

  • Claimants
  • Family members
  • Local authorities
  • Healthcare bodies
  • Private bodies
  • The Official Solicitor
  • Other litigation friend
We specialise in welfare cases, the deprivation of liberty safeguards and medical treatment.

Senate House Chambers Court Of Protection Team

Elizabeth Gooderham
Year of Call: 2001

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Year of Call: 2001
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Degree: LL.B (Derby)
Practice Areas: Public Law Children (Care and Adoption), Private Law Children and Criminal law

After beginning her career with a broad-based general criminal and family practice Elizabeth now predominantly specialises in Family law.

Family law:
Elizabeth’s family law practice covers all aspects of Children Act applications, from complex care cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse, NAI and neglect to private law disputes.

In public law matters Elizabeth regularly appears for Local Authorities and Children/Guardians. She has a reputation for her thorough preparation, hard work and diligence and her approachable nature.

Elizabeth has extensive experience and a sensitive approach in representing clients with mental health and learning disabilities, addiction difficulties and particularly young clients.

Criminal law:
Elizabeth has over a decade of experience both prosecuting and defending in the Criminal courts.
An experienced and effective trial advocate, Elizabeth is particularly adept at cases involving young defendants or child witnesses.
Elizabeth is known for being a thorough and proficient advocate and for her articulate and persuasive style.

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William Falshaw
Year of Call: 1987

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ch39Year of Call: 1987

Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Education:
B.A. (Hons) History – Queen Mary College – University of London
Diploma in Law – City University
Bar Vocational Course – College of Law

William has been involved in the law for over 30 years. Using his background in criminal law he has developed a successful family law practice by using his experience as a launch-pad to meet new challenges.

William has represented applicants in Private Law cases and acted for guardians and parents in contested Public Law hearings at all levels. He is well versed in dealing with allegations of neglect, emotional and sexual abuse.  Whilst employed by the Crown Prosecution Service, William was one of the first accredited lecturers in rape and serious sexual offences.  He was also instrumental in setting up the Serenity Suite in Northampton, this has given him a unique understanding into the effects of all types of abuse upon victims. He has been involved in cases dealing with child cruelty and sexual exploitation of children. He has also acted in cases involving domestic violence both in the context of mental abuse and physical abuse. His compassion and understanding of victims has often been commented upon by the Judiciary.

He is quick to absorb information and apply it to develop arguments on behalf of his client. In Court he is a clear and determined advocate who puts his point across with aplomb. He is accustomed to cross-examining witnesses and puts his client’s case clearly and succinctly. He has dealt with experts both in Court and in the preparation of cases

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Lucy Fairclough
Year of Call: 2005

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Year of Call: 2005
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn
Degree: LL.B (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Practice Areas: Public Law Children (Care and Adoption), Private Law Children

Family law:
Lucy Fairclough is a family law specialist, practising in all aspects of private and public child law and Family Law Act cases. Prior to specialising in family law, Lucy also practised at the criminal bar prosecuting and defending a wide variety of offences including sexual abuse and domestic violence cases. This background has provided Lucy with invaluable experience, skills and knowledge applicable and beneficial to her conduct of family law cases involving criminal allegations; in particular sexual abuse, non accidental injury and domestic violence as well as contested hearings and fact finding hearings. Lucy has a strong reputation for being a professional, accomplished, dedicated and tenacious advocate who has particular skill in client care.

Lucy has extensive experience representing parents, Local Authorities, children/ Guardians and Interveners in difficult and complex cases, with a wealth of experience in proceedings involving issues of:
• serious sexual abuse and violence
• non accidental injuries
• learning disabled and vulnerable parties
• addiction
• physical or mental abuse which require a sensitive and considered approach
• Intractable contact disputes

Lucy is particularly adept at dealing with challenging clients and litigants in person and is committed to achieving the best outcome for her clients.

Public Access Scheme:
Lucy is able to take instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Appointments and memberships:
Family Law Bar Association
Midland Circuit

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Hannah Mettam
Year of Call: 2006

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Year of Call: 2006
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Degree: LLB (Hons), 1st Class, Nottingham Trent University
BVC: Nottingham: Result- Very Competent
Practice Areas: Public Law Children matters, and some private law children in cases where serious allegations are made.
Hannah is a specialist in children act proceedings. Her practice consists largely of Public Law proceedings in which she represents the full range of parties; the Local Authority, Parents (including through the Official Solicitor), Children’s Guardians and Children requiring representation separately from their Guardian.

Hannah has particular expertise in the following areas:
• Serious injuries to children
• Complex medical cases.
• Sexual abuse including inter-familial and inter-sibling abuse.
• Care proceedings where there are concurrent criminal proceedings and/or PII issues, assisted by her early career at the Bar as a criminal practitioner.

On occasion Hannah conducts complex Private Law Children proceedings in which:-
• Allegations of abuse are raised or other allegations leading to a fact-finding exercise
• Parental Alienation is considered an issue.
• Abduction is an issue.

For the first 5 years of her career, Hannah practised predominantly in criminal defence. She conducted criminal trials across the full range of offences and at all levels, including rape and serious historic sexual abuse matters.

As a result of this background, Hannah is a particularly popular choice in complex cases when cross-examination is required, such as for lengthy fact-finding and final hearings, where her skills are regularly praised by clients, solicitors, and Judges alike. Hannah’s advocacy style has been described on several occasions as “formidable,” she is renowned for attention to detail and a thorough forensic approach to her advocacy, delivered with a compelling ease. Hannah has significant experience in challenging the opinions of professionals and Experts and will not shy away from doing so.
Hannah has appeared in complex cases involving the most serious of issues, including in the High Court, both with and without a leader. Hannah was recently led by Michelle Christie of Chambers acting for Northamptonshire County Council in a case that was described by Mr. Justice Keehan QC as the worst case of child abuse that he had experienced in his 30 years on the Bench and at the Bar.
Hannah has an established reputation for incredibly thorough and tactical preparation, which has been known to contribute to an effective outcome in many cases where one was not necessarily anticipated. Hannah also prepares all requisite pre-hearing documentation to the highest standard at short notice, which has, on many occasions, been seen to be going above and beyond what is required.
Hannah demonstrates excellent skills in client care; she provides sensitive and down-to-earth yet robust advice, preparing clients to meet the challenges of proceedings. Hannah likes to take the time to hold conferences with clients prior to hearings and strongly believes in the importance of continuity of counsel.

Reported Cases:
NCC v L & Another (2014) EWHC 4828 (Fam)
ED, Re [2015] EWFC B84 (29 May 2015)

Public Access Scheme:
Hannah is able to take instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Pro-bono Work:
Hannah adopts the approach of Senate House Chambers to delivering a continuing commitment to pro-bono work. Hannah has recently completed a case that was initially privately funded. When the funds ran out, Hannah continued to represent the client on a pro bono basis, including at a final hearing.

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Charlene Henderson
year of Call: 2009

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Year of Call: 2009

Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Degree:
 LL.B Law (Hons), University of Sussex

Bar Vocational Course:
 BPP Law School, London

Practice Areas: Family Law
 (Public and Private Law Children)

Profile: Charlene practices exclusively in children matters, covering all aspects of private and public children’s work in the family field. Charlene began her practice in both crime and family; her mixed practice has equipped her with knowledge of the crossover between the criminal and family jurisdictions. Charlene conducted her last ever criminal case in the Court of Appeal.

Charlene has experience in representing local authorities, parents, interveners, related parties, children’s guardians and competent children at all stages of care proceedings. She appears before all levels of the judiciary, including in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Her work in this field includes:

• Fact finding hearings comprising serious non-accidental injury (‘shaken’ baby allegations, multiple fractures and multiple bruising).
• Fact finding hearings involving sexual abuse allegations.
• Re-litigation/challenge to historic findings.
• FDAC proceedings.
• Mental illness.
• Serious domestic violence.
• Chronic neglect.

Charlene has a particular interest in handling difficult and complex cases where her clients have mental health issues or learning difficulties, including when the client is represented by the Official Solicitor. She is a popular choice for representing young clients given her pragmatic yet sensitive approach.

She also accepts instructions to act for applicants and respondents in applications for child arrangements orders under the Children Act 1989 and for injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996.

Charlene takes a dedicated approach to all of her cases and has a reputation for representing clients with passion and conviction. She has a fierce tenacity in the courtroom and has been described as an “impressive advocate” with an “astonishing command of her case”. Her knowledge, preparation and organisation of papers has been referred to as “exceptional”.

Background:
Upon completion of her studies at Sussex University, Charlene volunteered at the Free Representation Unit, she worked as a Freelance County Court Advocate and worked as a Convener and Lecturer of the ILEX course at Bedford College.

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

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Daniel Sheridan
Year of Call: 2008

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Year of Call: 2008
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Sheffield)
Bar Vocational Course: Manchester, Very Competent (Outstanding in Professional Ethics)

Practice Areas:

Family Law (Public and Private Law Children)

Practice:

Daniel specialises in the law relating to children. He accepts instructions in all aspects of private and public law children proceedings. His main practice is in public law work, in respect of which he represents parents, local authorities, interveners, Children’s Guardians, and children capable of being represented in their own right.

Daniel appears before all levels of the judiciary; and has appeared before the High Court (Family Division) in respect of complex combined Finding of Fact/Welfare Hearings involving issues of serious sexual abuse, applications for child witnesses to give evidence and disclosure issues in respect of concurrent criminal law proceedings.

Daniel has expertise in dealing with cases involving: chronic neglect, hearing impaired parents, mental health problems, non-accidental injury, physical, sexual and emotional harm, drug and alcohol misuse [including FDAC proceedings], cases with an international element, and Human Rights Act claims arising from public law proceedings.

Daniel’s strong advocacy style, preparation and positive approach are underpinned by his organisational skills and a sound knowledge base. His clear focus on the needs of the client is often described as “going beyond the call of duty” and “child focused”. He has a reputation for his attention to detail and his personable approach with professional and lay clients alike. Daniel’s work ethic and case preparation has enabled him to lead in complex matters beyond his year of call.

His expertise in private law children work involves cases which have entailed serious allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse, intractable contact disputes and matters with an international element.

Earlier in his practice, Daniel conducted immigration appeals on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department, via the Treasury Solicitor’s Department; and, he conducted criminal trials, which better equips him to deal with crossover issues involving those jurisdictions.

Public Access Scheme:

Daniel is able to take instructions under the Public Access Scheme.

Appointments:

President Inner Temple Junior Bar Association, December 2015 – September 2016.

Out of London Bar Secretary for the Midland Circuit (Inner Temple Junior Bar Association), 2014 – 2015.

Reported cases:

Milton Keynes Council v A, B, X and Y (Muslim children, Special Guardianship) [2014] EWFC B102 (14 May 2014)

OCC v B & T [2015] EWFC B73 (18 June 2013)

Interests:

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys travelling and looking after Basil, his Basset Hound. Time permitting, as a lover of the great outdoors, he retreats back to his roots in North Wales to get back to basics where his family lives near the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park.

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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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Adam Gulliver
Year of Call: 2016

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Year of Call: 2016
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Bangor) 1st Class

Bar Professional Training Course: BPP Law School, Manchester – Outstanding – 2016
Scholarships and Awards: Harmsworth Scholarship 2015/2016 (Middle Temple)
Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Law and Civil Law

Profile:
Adam joined chambers as a pupil in October 2016. Prior to completing the Bar Professional Training Course Adam worked as a Business Development Paralegal in North Wales and was solely responsible for securing new clients in this region for a Claimant Personal Injury law firm.

Adam recently completed his first six under the supervision of Lianne Murphy (Joint Head of Chambers) and his second six under the supervision of Stuart Murphy and has now been welcomed as a tenant at Senate House Chambers.

During his pupillage Adam was exposed to a wide array of public children’s matters and shadowed members of chambers on several long-running fact-finding hearings. He has experienced cases involving neglect, emotional harm, non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. Adam also shadowed members of chambers representing clients on private law Children Act matters and private law Family Act matters (including non-molestation orders and occupation orders), in addition to financial remedies proceedings. Similarly, Adam spent time with the criminal team in chambers, both in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court.

Since beginning his own practice, Adam has frequently represented parties in Public and Private Children’s Law and Family Law Act matters, both at an interim stage and within final hearings. Adam has experience representing a range of parties in such matters, including parents, local authorities, children (with or without a Children’s Guardian) and grandparents. Adam has also developed a strong practice in matrimonial finance proceedings and TOLATA cases, largely due to the pragmatic and logical approach he is able to bring to such cases.

Adam has also regularly appeared in the Magistrates court as a CPS prosecutor.

Adam now regularly accepts instructions in all main areas of law including:
• Public and Private Children’s Law
• Private Family Act matters
• Financial Remedies proceedings
• TOLATA
• Criminal Law (Prosecution and Defence)
• Civil Law

Achievements:
Whilst at University Adam was part of the first team to represent Wales at the Telders International Moot Court Competition held at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. He also founded and was the inaugural President of the Bangor University Legal Advocacy Society. Upon completion of his law degree Adam received the highest overall mark in the history of Bangor Law School.

Whilst studying for the Bar Adam was the Vice-President of the BPP Bar and Mooting Society in Manchester and subsequently received the highest overall mark out of all other Middle Temple students in his BPTC cohort at Manchester.

Memberships:
Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

Interests:
Adam has impeccable judgment and is therefore a passionate Liverpool fan.
Adam also enjoys musical theatre, reading fiction and quizzes of all varieties and forms.

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Paul Froud
Year of Call: 2013

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Year of Call: 2013
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Degree: LL.B (Hons) Law (University of Sussex)

Bar Vocational Course: Kaplan Law School – Very Competent

Background:

Prior to commencing Pupillage, Paul was employed as a paralegal for a firm of solicitors specialising in private children’s law and high net worth ancillary relief. Paul also gained valuable experience during his time working for a firm of Solicitors specialising in care proceedings across all levels of court.

Paul also spent a year working for Cafcass supporting the Chief Executive, Policy and Legal Teams in a range of projects. These included assisting in a number of high profile cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Paul has experience in representing all parties in Private and Public Law matters. Paul has appeared before all levels of Judge. Paul regularly represents Local Authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians in care proceedings involving complex issues.

Paul has experience of representing Children directly, including Children detained in Secure Accommodation.

Practice Overview:
Family Law: Paul accepts instructions in Private and Public Law matters, acting for Local Authorities, Parent’s and Children’s Guardians.

Paul is also happy to accept instructions in respect of ancillary relief matters.

Criminal Law: Paul is regularly instructed in the Magistrates Court both prosecuting and defending; Paul also has experience of acting in the Crown Court.

Civil Law: Paul has experience of undertaking a wide range of civil hearings, including residential possessions, interim applications, infant approval hearings and small claims, through his previous employment as a Solicitors Agent.

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Georgina Hey
Year of Call: 2014

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Year of Call: 2014
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn
Education: LL.B (Hons) Law; University of Sunderland.
BPTC; Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Scholarships & Awards:
Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn. Zenith Chambers Award for Excellence in Opinion Writing

Profile:
Georgina joined Chambers as a pupil in April 2017. Prior to commencing pupillage, Georgina worked as a County Court Advocate on the North Eastern Circuit dealing primarily with small claims hearings in road traffic matters, personal injury and credit hire. She also appeared for Claimants and Defendants in other county court proceedings including disposals, RTA stage 3 protocol hearings, infant approvals and a variety of other applications.
Georgina also worked as a family paralegal carrying out a wide range of work in both private and public law. In this role Georgina regularly attended Court to assist counsel, as well attending public law outline meetings and representing clients in family law injunction proceedings.

Georgina has recently completed her first six under the supervision of Michelle Christie (Joint Head of Chambers), where she gained valuable experience observing private and public children law proceedings with particular emphasis on cases involving non-accidental injuries.

Georgina 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. Georgina is also regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service in the Magistrates Court.

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Kate Yeomans
Year of Call: 2007

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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.

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