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Alex Forbes

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Called: 2003

Email: aforbes@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Alex read Philosophy at the London School of Economics.
 
He was called to the bar in 2003 and is a family law specialist.

 

 

PRACTICE

 

 

Alex practises in all aspects of family law, both children and financial. He has extensive experience in the areas of private law children work and matrimonial finance.

 

Alex’s practice is predominantly in the field of public law children work, representing parents, Local Authorities, Guardians and Intervenors. He has a particular interest in Human Rights Act remedies (injunctions, declaratory relief and damages) in care proceedings and has on more than one occasion obtained damages and other relief in circumstances where a parent’s Human Rights have been found to have been breached.

 

Recent noteworthy cases include:

 

 

  • M (A Child: Long Term Foster Care) [2014] EWCA Civ 1406 . Alex was led in the Court of Appeal in a case that clarified the guidance given in Re B-S and Re B, and emphasised that in a public law context what has to be determined is not simply whether any other course is possible but whether there is another course which is possible and in the child's interests.

 

  • Alex was led by John Vater QC on behalf of a father who had been accused of perpetrating multiple injuries to his young son, including multiple rib fractures, subdural bleeding and petechial bruising consistent with strangulation. The medical evidence was complicated by the existence of “BESS”, a condition that predisposes young children to subdural bleeding at reduced force. By the conclusion of the expert evidence the Local Authority sought permission to withdraw its application and the child was returned to parental care.

 

Alex provides all of his clients with honest and practical advice in a sensitive manner. He is adept at managing the situation both inside and outside the court room and takes seriously his obligation to, “promote and protect fearlessly and by all proper and lawful means the lay client's best interests”.


Alex has delivered numerous lectures and seminars on topics in various aspects of public and private law children work and financial proceedings.

 

MEMBERSHIPS  

 

  • Family Law Bar Association.

 
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