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.

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Financial Remedies

We help with a wide range of family finance issues, on a privately funded or legally aided or public access basis, including –

  • All aspects of matrimonial finance, from cases involving modest assets to those involving high value assets
  • Third party asset protection including corporate property
  • Emergency remedies: Injunctive relief and freezing orders
  • Proceedings under TOLATA (Trusts Of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act)
  • Property disputes between married, cohabiting and same-sex couples
  • Claims relating to child maintenance
  • Transfer of tenancy applications

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

Senate House Chambers Financial Remedies Team

Andrew Duncan
Year of Call: 2011

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence
Financial Remedy Proceedings

Profile
Andrew has developed a strong reputation in all areas of Family Disputes. He is regularly instructed in complex private and public law cases. He has developed a reputation as a fearless advocate who dispenses with advice in a frank and down to earth manner.

Professional clients can expect Andrew to be a team player, who goes the extra mile and values the importance of working together. Andrew is instructed across all levels of court allocation. He regularly deals with complex physical and sexual abuse allegations, and within the private law sphere has developed a trusted reputation for cases involving complex parental alienation.

Andrew represents Parents, Local Authorities, Children (directly or through their guardian), intervenors, grandparents and divorcees. Andrew without doubt has an ability to get straight to the point, he is a strong negotiator, and a resolute cross examiner.

Andrew is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues such as; international relocation, parental alienation, significant substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic violence and non-accidental injury.

Andrew has participated as both Appellant and Respondent in many appeal hearings. A number of those appeals have resulted in re-hearings being directed.

Andrew also regularly accepts instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access scheme and sees many referrals as a consequence of his successes.

Education
University:
University of Sussex LL.B (Hons) Law (2009):
University of Edinburgh LL.M Law (2010)
Law School:
BPP Law School (London)
Bar Professional Training Course (2011)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

What our clients are saying
Andrew is well known for getting results and having a strong presence in the court room. Known for good communication skills, robust advice, and a forensic cross examiner.

Cases
Re B (A Child) [2020] EWFC 34

Re CE (2020)
Andrew appeared for a mother, accused of parental alienation as assessed by a psychologist. Andrew was instructed late in the proceedings when a fact find, and welfare hearing were listed. His advice, and representation brought about agreement to the proceedings and resulted in the vacating of the fact find hearing and the child remaining in the care of his client.

Re B (2020)
On behalf of the children, Andrew successfully opposed an appeal brought by the parents and the children were removed into foster care and the conclusion of the appellate process.

Re TE (2020)
Andrew represented a father who faced a number of allegations of domestic violence over a decade. Following the fact find hearing the court found those allegations not proven and went on to find the mother was the aggressor in the relationship.

Re J (2020)
Andrew appeared as junior for a father to the sibling of a murdered child in the High Court. The case involved complex issues of non-disclosure, significant police disclosure, and a forensic enquiry into the conduct of foster carers at the welfare stage.

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 H (2019)
Andrew appeared for a mother who made allegations of significant domestic violence and coercive control, including gaslighting and influence of the child. The proceedings had jurisdictional issues and the court ultimately found all the allegations made by the mother proven.

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 these allegations proven and went on to find that the mother had alienated the children from the father and that the child was at risk of significant harm in the care of the mother.

Re PD (2018)
Andrew appeared on behalf of the mother and successfully sought an order for no direct contact between a child and her father. The court made the order sought by Andrew following his cross examination of 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 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 rehearing.

Re EW (2016)
Andrew, acting for a 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 theory. This was following a fully contested 7-day trial. The appeal consisted of two days of legal argument and was opposed by the legal teams on behalf of the mother and father.

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Ayesha Bell-Paris
Year of Call: 2012

01604 210 979

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Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence
Financial Remedy Proceedings

Profile
Ayesha is regularly instructed in cases following the breakdown of a relationship and offers a holistic wrap-around service; whether that be resolving the arrangements for children, or the parties’ financial affairs. Ayesha also has significant experience in care/public law proceedings and applications arising from the Family Law Act 1996.

Ayesha has a balanced practice and has represented Local Authorities, parents, extended family members, intervenors, cohabitees, divorcees, same sex couples, and children (both directly and via a Guardian). She has been instructed in cases at all levels of allocation, including in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Ayesha has also assisted clients at mediation, resulting in the resolution of matters without the need for proceedings to be issued.

Ayesha is regularly instructed in cases involving complex issues such as; international relocation, parental alienation, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic violence and non-accidental injury.

Ayesha also accepts instructions directly from members of the public under the Direct Access scheme.

Education
University College London – BA English (2010)
Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Denning Society

What our clients are saying
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 and recently received the following feedback from an instructing solicitor: “It has been greatly reassuring to have Counsel in this matter that I have been able to completely rely upon”.

Cases
W-C-T (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 845

Re B [2019] – Ayesha represented a father at a multi-day final hearing in care proceedings in which all other parties supported Care and Placement orders being made in relation to two children. Ayesha successfully persuaded the court to resist making final orders and to direct an independent social work assessment of her client.

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

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 to her care pursuant to a Supervision Order.

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Sophie Gayner
Year of Call: 2012

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Secure accommodation
Domestic Violence

Profile
Sophie has established a successful and varied practice in public and private law proceedings. She acts in urgent applications through to multi-day hearings on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians and intervenors. Sophie has developed a strong practice in representing competent children and vulnerable clients due to her compassionate and personable approach, and is recognised for her perseverance and commitment to always achieving the best outcome for her client. Sophie’s forensic approach to evidence, combined with her experience at the Bar and knowledge acquired through her Genetics degree, has lead to instructions in serious cases of sexual and physical abuse, and non-accidental injury.

Education
University:
University of Liverpool, BSc (Hons) Genetics

Law School:
University of Law, GDL
Manchester Metropolitan University, BPTC

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Lincoln’s Inn

What our clients are saying
“Sophie is an amazing advocate who fights her client’s corner diligently and tenaciously. Clients warm to Sophie because they have full confidence in her. She gives a powerful voice to those who may otherwise go unheard.”

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Adam Gulliver
Year of Call: 2016

01604 210 979


Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Adam regularly represents parties in Public and Private Children’s Law and Family Law Act matters, both at an interim stage and within final hearings. Adam has significant experience of representing a range of parties in such matters, including parents, local authorities, children (with or without a Children’s Guardian) and grandparents and regularly deals with cases that concern the following issues:

• Chronic Neglect
• Substance Misuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Adoption proceedings
• Special Guardianship
• Domestic Violence
• Intractable contact disputes
• Child Arrangements cases with an international element
• Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders

Education
University:
Bangor University (2014) – LLB – 1st Class
Law School:
BPP Manchester (2016) – BPTC – Outstanding

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

What our clients are saying
Adam is noted for his ability to bring a considerate and client-focused approach to his work, whilst ensuring that his clients still receive the pragmatic, clear, evidence-based guidance that they deserve. Adam has a reputation for his thoroughness, both in terms of his preparation and his ability to give advice to lay and professional clients alike.

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Kate Yeomans
Year of Call: 2007

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Kate Yeomans 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.

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.

Kate acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a wide range of cases:

• Chronic neglect
• Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Adoption
• Special Guardianship
• Inflicted injuries
• Domestic Violence
• Child arrangements disputes, including intractable contact disputes
• National and International Relocation
• Parental Alienation

Education
University:
Nottingham-Trent University (2006)
Law School:
Nottingham Law School (2007)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Midland Circuit
Gray’s Inn

What our clients are saying
Kate is described as a professional and diligent advocate, who has an ability to think on her feet. She also has a reputation for being able to put particularly vulnerable and distressed clients at ease quickly.

Cases
Re C (Interim threshold not crossed) [2019] EWFC B5 (15 February 2019)

On behalf of a Grandfather, Kate successfully opposed the Local Authority’s application for an interim care order, where the plan was to remove the subject child from the care of her client for the duration of proceedings. Kate successfully persuaded the Court that interim threshold had not been crossed, thus avoiding the need for public law orders and ensuring that the subject child remained in his grandfather’s care.

Northamptonshire County Council v M, L, H, L, & N and E ((originally Re H-L (Summary Dismissal of Care Proceedings) [2019] EWCA Civ 704)

Following the conclusion of an 8-day Fact-Finding Hearing (which followed the Court of Appeal decision cited above), Kate’s client (the Mother) was exonerated from having caused any of the inflicted injuries to her daughter and serious findings were made against the intervenor. As a result, Kate invited the Local Authority to withdraw their application for public law orders altogether and the case against her client was dismissed in its entirety.

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