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Martha Gray

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Called: 2012

Email: mgray@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Martha is a family specialist.  She also conducts proceedings in the Court of Protection relating to health, welfare and property disputes concerning vulnerable and incapacitated adults.

 

Martha has developed a specialist practice advising and representing modern, global families. She advises in disputes arising from cohabitation, applications for financial provision under Schedule 1 of the Children Act, surrogacy, disputes arising from LGBT parenting arrangements, and adoption (including international adoption).  She also has considerable experience of more commonplace family proceedings including financial remedy and Children Act applications.

 

A large part of Martha’s practice incorporates cases with an international element.  She has a keen interest in cases of matrimonial finance involving cross-jurisdictional issues and is regularly instructed in international abduction and relocation cases.  Martha also has experience of international public law cases involving such issues as forced marriage, radicalisation, transfer of proceedings, and the placement of children abroad.

 

Notable Cases

In The Matter Of A (A Child) (Kinship Carer Welfare Determination) [2017] EWFC B36

A Local Authority v CD & Ors [2016] EWHC 1769 (Fam)

Re Z (Application for Release of DNA Profiles) [2014] EWHC 1999 (Fam)

 

Education

Martha read history at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (where she was an Exhibitioner). Prior to coming to the Bar, Martha interned at the Center for Equal Justice in New Orleans and at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi.  In 2010 and 2011 she was made a Diplock Scholar of Middle Temple.  She won the Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition in 2011 and was a finalist in the City University Mooting Competition in the same year.  

 

Publications

When Can Judges Change Their Minds? The Supreme Court’s judgment in L and B (Children), February 2013,

http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed112000

 

 

Appointments and Memberships

Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Member of the Family Law Bar Association

Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children