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

Matthew Chipperfield-Taylor
Year of Call: 2017

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Year of Call: 2017
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
Education: Bar Professional Training Course; Nottingham Law School (Outstanding), LLB Law with American Law; University of Nottingham


Scholarships & Awards:
Allen Levy Award – Inner Temple
Exhibition Scholarship – Inner Temple
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award – Inner Temple
Otto and Sadie Rix Scholarship, Pupillage Award – Inner Temple
Taylor Prize for Best Overall – Nottingham Law School
Alastair Munt Memorial Advocacy Prize – Nottingham Law School

Matthew commenced pupillage in April 2018 under the supervision of Elizabeth Gooderham where he has gained extensive experience in all types of family law matters, both public and private law proceedings. Matthew has also spent time in the Royal Courts of Justice and the Magistrates’ Court with other members of chambers.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Matthew worked on capital punishment appeals cases in Austin, Texas. His work involved collating, compiling and sourcing primary evidence which was then analysed and presented in a petition to Federal Court. Matthew conducted conferences with the clients, supported and aided multiple Defence Attorneys and drafted various documents for submission to Court. Matthew has also spent time assisting a Pro Bono clinic for clients undertaking employment tribunals.

Matthew now receives instructions under the supervision of Lianne Murphy in all areas of family law, including both public and private law children proceedings, injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996. Matthew also accepts instructions in relation to small claims civil matters and on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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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.

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Andrew Duncan
Year of Call: 2011

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Bar Professional Training Course (VC)

LL.M International Law

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 P (2019)
Andrew acted for the children where he sought the transfer of living arrangements of two children who were living with the mother to their father’s care. This was a complex parental alienation case where the mother had previously made serious allegations of abuse against the father. The children were successfully transitioned at the conclusion of the case.

Re RJ (2018)
Andrew represented a father in a “parental alienation case” who faced twelve allegations of physical abuse against his child made by the mother. The court found none of those allegations proven and went on to find that the mother had alienated the child from the father and that the child was at risk of significant harm in the care of the mother.

Re PD (2018)
Andrew successfully sought an order for no direct contact to father after cross examining a consultant psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurse, and CAFCASS officer who had all recommended that there be direct contact between the father and the child.

Re EE (2017)
Andrew represented two children in a “parental alienation case” where the mother had unsuccessfully sought findings of sexual abuse against the father. The court had to the contrary made findings of implacable hostility and alienation against the mother. Andrew successfully sought the transfer of the children’s living arrangements to the father and a “no contact order” for the mother.

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.

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.

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

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Year of Call: 2012

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

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:
Denning Society (Lincoln’s Inn)
Midland Circuit
Family Law Bar Association

Practice Areas: Family Law

Public Access scheme: Ayesha is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public.

Ayesha accepted an offer of tenancy at Senate House Chambers in 2014 after the successful completion of pupillage.

Ayesha has since developed her expertise in all areas of family law and enjoys a varied practice. Ayesha is regularly instructed in both public and private law children proceedings, Family Law Act 1996 applications as well as proceedings relating to the breakdown of a relationship. Ayesha has a particular interest in matrimonial finance cases and proceedings involving Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) applications.

Ayesha has a balanced practice and has represented local authorities, parents, extended family members, intervenors and children’s guardians. She has been instructed in cases at all levels of allocation (including in the High Court) and in all hearings from First Appointments to Appeal Hearings. Ayesha also has experience in Wardship proceedings and cases involving an international element.

Ayesha is renowned for her impeccable preparation of cases and outstanding written work. Her sensitive and pragmatic approach has been commended by lay clients and Judges alike. Ayesha 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. Ayesha is regularly instructed in cases involving parental alienation, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic violence and non-accidental injury.

Recent Cases:

B v P [2015 & 2018] – TOLATA proceedings culminating in a final hearing at which Ayesha successfully obtained an order for sale of a jointly owned property and a favourable division of the equity. Ayesha was instructed in the subsequent enforcement proceedings in which a possession order was obtained and costs awarded.

Re H-C [2017] – Ayesha represented the applicant Local Authority in care proceedings involving a 5-day final hearing at the conclusion of which Care and Placement Orders were granted. Ayesha also dealt with a consequent application for a specific issue order against a respondent in relation to their use of social media.

Re R-T [2017] – Ayesha represented a mother in care proceedings who was accused of inflicting significant bruising upon her young child. No findings of inflicted injury were made during the fact finding hearing and the proceedings concluded with both subject children being rehabilitated home pursuant to a Supervision Order. Ayesha received the following feedback from her instructing solicitor: “Can I also thank you very much for all your hard work in this matter – it has been greatly reassuring to have Counsel in this matter that I have been able to completely rely upon”.

Re D-K [2017] – Ayesha represented a mother in care proceedings. The Local Authority’s application for interim removal of a new-born baby was successfully opposed and the proceedings ultimately concluded with the child remaining in the mother’s care.

Other 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.

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Sophie Gayner
Year of Call: 2012

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Year of Call: 2012, Lincoln’s Inn

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

Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (2015-2016)


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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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

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
• Criminal Law (Prosecution and Defence)
• Civil Law

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.

Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

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


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.

Reported & Published Cases:
P (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 720 (11 April 2018)

Re X [2018] EWFC B25 (11 May 2018)

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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)

Following the completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Lianne Murphy, Kate has specialised in family law, accepting instructions in all areas of care and adoption, matrimonial finance and private law Children Act applications.

Kate is an experienced and tenacious advocate, who regularly represents, applicants and respondents at all stages of proceedings, including multi-day fact-find and final hearings.

Kate is adept at building a rapport with clients swiftly, to ensure that they feel at ease and have confidence in her representation. Whilst maintaining an ability to empathise with her clients over issues that are important to them, she never shies away from delivering robust advice. Kate has particular experience in representing parents in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse in both public and private law proceedings.

Whilst recognising the benefits of negotiation and compromise, Kate is a determined and forthright advocate who is always willing and prepared to fight for her clients.

Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School
LLB (Hons) Law – Nottingham Trent University

Family Law Bar Association
Midlands Circuit

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