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Tel 0844 561 7135

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Kit Firbank

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Called: 2005

Email: kfirbank@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Bedford School

Psychology B.Sc. Hons (University of London)              

Graduate Diploma in Law (College of Law, Chester)

2005-2014 Family Law practice 18 St John Street Chambers, Manchester

April 2014 Kit returns south to accept an invitation to join Harcourt Chambers

 

OVERVIEW

Kit is a children’s specialist in both public and private law with over ten years experience in a variety of complex proceedings nationwide. Kit is known for being a strong competitive advocate and a tough negotiator, yet his friendly down to earth approach has been recognised by professional and lay clients respectively.

 

Kit is an accomplished lawyer and with a background in psychology he is often instructed because of his ability to build a good rapport with clients who find court proceedings stressful or are anxious about succeeding. Kit’s repeat instructions come from solicitors representing parents, children, intervening parties, grandparents and local authorities.

 

Kit is particularly experienced with cases involving:

 

  • Serious non-accidental injuries
  • Baby shaking cases including death of an infant
  • Mental health /psychological and psychiatric issues / learning difficulties 
  • Guardians representing seriously harmed or older defiant children
  • Secure accommodation applications
  • Sexual abuse
  • Severe neglect 
  • Burn injuries
  • Domestic violence 
  • Factitious disorders
  • Alcohol and drug misuse / addiction
  • Multicultural issues
  • Deaf parents
  • Wardship
  • Human Rights claims
  • Brussels II issues
  • Appeals
  • Implacably hostile parent contact cases
  • Custody battles and relocation /international relocation
  • Child abduction
  • Special Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Family Law Act 1996 Injunctions (only privately paid instructions accepted)

 

SIGNIFICANT CASES

In Re A 2012 Kit was led in the High Court on an intricate baby shaking case involving the death of a twin sibling.

 

In a separate case Re A-W & C 2014 Kit successfully brought a Human Rights claim for Declaratory Relief in the High Court against a local authority for the unlawful removal of a child. 

 

A-W & C (Children) [2013] EWHC B41 (Fam)http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed129395

 

REGION OF PRACTICE

Since joining Harcourt from 18 St John Street, Kit mainly appears in courts across the South East and the Midlands and particularly welcomes instructions in his local courts; Milton Keynes, Bicester, Oxford and Northampton. Kit also returns to Manchester for privately paid cases or multiday care proceedings.

 

LANGUAGES

Italian

French

 

INTERESTS

Rugby, skiing and tennis.

Travel.