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Edward Bennett

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Called: 2013

Email: ebennett@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Admitted Solicitor (England & Wales): 2011

Called to the Bar (England & Wales): 2013

Called to the Bar (Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia): 2016

 

 

 “He is already amassing a reputation well beyond his call for international children issues. His practice has already taken him to the High Court and Court of Appeal. Sources are quick to highlight his impressive intellect and calm approach. 

 

An impressive and knowledgeable advocate with a meticulous eye for detail. Edward’s work is without fail thorough and extremely well prepared. He has an excellent and in-depth knowledge of family law and is without a doubt one to watch."

 

Chambers UK Bar 2018

 

 

Edward’s practice incorporates family and court of protection work, with a particular focus on cases with an international element.

 

Since January 2015, he has been General Editor of the International Family Law Journal.

 

At the 2015 Jordan's Family Law Awards, he was Young Family Law Barrister of the Year.

 

Before coming to the Bar, Edward trained as a solicitor in the London and Prague offices of Allen & Overy, spent a year in the Court of Appeal as Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Lloyd and a further year as Legal Adviser to the Head of International Family Justice for England & Wales, the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Thorpe.

 

He also practises from St John’s Chambers in Bristol where he is a Door Tenant

 

RECENT CASES

 

  • HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No 3) [2017] EWHC 2991 (Fam) – High Court. Withdrawal of life sustaining treatment from a young baby. General guidance on such cases and, in particular, on the presence of the police at the bedside.

  • GP (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1677 – Court of Appeal. 1980 Hague Convention. Article 13b. Grave risk of harm to child if abducting parent returned to home country to face imprisonment for child abduction.

 

  • P v P [Case No 1 of 2016] – before a Senior Judge sitting in the Resident Judge’s Court of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Cyprus. The first international children’s case ever before the SBA courts with the SBA Administration being joined as a party. Important guidance on admission to practise before the courts of that jurisdiction.

 

  • MS v PS C-283/16 - Court of Justice of the European Union . Whether the English the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) Regulations 2011 were compatible with the EU Maintenance Regulation 4/2009.

 

  • Re H (a child) (international abduction: asylum and welfare) [2016] EWCA Civ 988; [2016] All ER (D) 79 (Oct) - Court of Appeal. Whether the grant of asylum to a child acted as an absolute bar to a summary return in an abduction context.

 

  • Re D (Children) (Child Abduction: Practice) [2016] EWHC 504 (Fam); [2016] 4 WLR 62 – President of the Family Division. Guidance on the power to ‘strike out’ or ‘summarily dismiss’ 1980 Hague abduction applications.

 

  • Re C & D (Children) (Parental Order) [2015] EWHC 2080 (Fam); [2015] All ER (D) 121 (Aug) – High Court. Whether, in an international commercial surrogacy context, s.54(4)(a) HFEA 2008 ‘home with the applicants at the time of the hearing and the parental order application’ could be read down per Re X (Surrogacy: Time Limits). Preceded by A & B (No 1 -Fact finding judgment) [2015] EWHC 1059 (Fam).

 

  • D (A Child: deprivation of liberty) [2015] COPLR 209 - High Court.16/17 year olds and deprivations of liberty.

 

  • AA v TT (recognition and enforcement) [2015] 2 FLR 1 - High Court. The only case concerning the 1980 European Custody Convention in the last 10 years.

 

  • Re R (A Child) [2014] EWHC 2802 (Fam) – High Court. The first UK-Japan case under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 

  • April 2017: With E.Devereux Q.C. and R.George, ‘Domestic Child Abduction – Legal Responses’ – Family Law Week.

 

  • April 2016: With C.M.Pedreno and C.Korah, ‘Strike out or summary dismissal in 1980 Hague Proceedings: the guidance in Re D (Children) (Child Abduction: Practice)[2016] EWHC 504 (Fam)’ April [2016] Fam Law

 

  • May 2015: ‘Marriage, Civil Partnerships and Safeguarding the vulnerable adult’, Local Government Lawyer.

 

  • July 2013: ‘Not only encouraged but essential’: judicial collaboration in international family disputes’ July [2013] Fam Law 845 -851. Expressly approved and endorsed by Cobb J in N v K (No.2) [2014] EWHC 507 (Fam).

 

  • Jan 2013: ‘Resolving family disputes in a globalised world: the role of judicial diplomacy’ (Dec 12/Jan 13 issue Diplomat Magazine pp 32-33.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • FLBA

 

  • Child Abduction Lawyers Association

 

  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association

 

  • Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee

 

EDUCATION

 

  • 2008: GDL– Distinction

 

  • 2007: BA (Hons) History (University College London) – First Class Honours

 

PRIZES

 

  • 2015: Young Family Law Barrister of the Year (Jordans Family Law Awards)

 

  • 2013: Ede and Ravenscroft Prize (Inner Temple)

 

  • 2007: M.A.Thomson Prize (UCL)

 

  • 2007: Dean’s List Commendation (UCL)

 

OTHER

 

Outside his full time practice at the bar, Edward works as a Research Assistant at the College of Arms