Areas of Expertise

Greg has been a member of Chambers since 1993, he is the Deputy Head of Chambers.  He has extensive experience of:

  • Private law proceedings
  • Public law proceedings
  • Acting for Local Authorities
  • Parents and children at all levels of the Family Court and before the Court of Appeal

The majority of his practice is public law children work, including cases involving:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Alleged non-accidental injuries to children
  • Child death
  • Child sexual exploitation

Greg has experience of both representing and cross-examining children and other vulnerable witnesses, in particular those with learning disabilities.  Managing expectations, a willingness to address difficult and unpalatable issues head on, combined with sensible and pragmatic advice is an intrinsic component of his representation. He brings a detailed knowledge of the law, with an ability to produce focussed and persuasive written and oral submissions woven into a relaxed but firm style.

Private law applications require a particular skill set, often emotions and ill feeling are running so high that the real issues are lost.  Stripping through emotion to identify what is genuinely in the children’s interests is essential, but often forgotten.  Greg endeavours to inject some common sense, to focus on the real issues and achieve outcomes which genuinely benefit the children’s welfare.

Good representation involves identifying the issues, applying the law, providing sensible advice no matter how unpalatable, and eloquent representation both in negotiations and in Court; that is Greg’s approach.”

Recommendations

Chambers and Partners 2016: “He is standout and an absolutely class act. He is really well prepared and focuses on the issues without getting bogged down in the details.” “He is a very good advocate; he has a very appealing style in court and is good at cross-examining.”

Notable cases

RE H (A child) (Interim Care Order) [2002] EWCA Civ 1932, AllER (D) 183

RE R (A child) [2006} EWCA Civ 1748 – at first instance

RE T (Children: Placement Order) [2008] EWCA Civ 248, 1 FLR 1721, All ER (D) 279

SMBC v PR (SR Intervening) (Care Proceedings: Children’s Evidence) (No.1) [2012] 1 FLR 842, 2011 Fam Law 1332

SMBC v PR (SR Intervening) (Care Proceedings: Children’s Evidence) (No.2) [2012] 1 FLR 852, 2011 Fam Law 1332


Described as “an absolutely class act, well prepared with an appealing style and good cross examination” (Chambers and Partners 2016), Greg is a family specialist who practices in both finance and children work.

Greg has experience of dealing with:

  • Ancillary relief
  • TLATA claims
  • Applications under Schedule 1 Childrens Act 1989

He is willing to undertake and equally at ease addressing the challenges presented by low assets cases as those with substantial and frequently business and/or foreign assets.  Not only an experienced advocate in court but a skilful negotiator, he recognises that more favourable outcomes, often outside those available to the court may be achieved through compromise.

Greg prides himself on his sensitive and careful attitude towards clients whilst offering realistic advice and firm representation. Noted for “focusing on the issues without getting bogged down with the details” (Chambers and Partners 2016) through careful preparation and assessment of a case Greg presents achievable positions which frequently find favour with the court.

Greg joined Chambers in 1993.  He is the Deputy Head of Chambers.

Recommendations

Chambers and Partners 2016: “He is standout and an absolutely class act. He is really well prepared and focuses on the issues without getting bogged down in the details.” “He is a very good advocate; he has a very appealing style in court and is good at cross-examining.”


Qualifications

BA (Hons)

Memberships

Family Law Bar Association

Further Information

Greg joined Chambers in 1993.  He is the Deputy Head of Chambers.

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