Practice Profile

Bedford School

Psychology B.Sc. Hons (University of London)              

Graduate Diploma in Law (College of Law, Chester)

2005 called to bar, Middle Temple

 

OVERVIEW

Kit is a children’s specialist in both private law and public law, experienced in complex proceedings nationwide, including High Court and Court of Appeal matters.

 

He is known for being an accomplished competitive advocate, tactically astute and a tough negotiator, yet his friendly down to earth approach with clients has been recognised by both professional and lay clients. With a background in psychology Kit is often instructed because of his ability to build a good rapport with his clients, particularly parents anxious about court proceedings.

 

Kit recognises the importance of consistency of representation from the start of court proceedings to the final hearing and therefore works closely with his clerks to ensure where possible, that his diary is able to accommodate repeat instructions.

 

EXPERIENCE

Kit is particularly well versed with cases involving:

 

Private Law

  • All forms of Child Arrangement Orders, including custody battles and relocation
  • Implacably hostile parent contact cases
  • Fact finding hearings- domestic violence, children’s injuries, emotional harm, neglect, sexual abuse and alcohol and drug misuse
  • All issues relating to traveling abroad as part of contact disputes
  • Withholding passports
  • Medical treatment
  • Change of name
  • Disagreements over choice of school
  • Prohibiting third parties (new partners or other) from having contact with children
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Child abduction

 

Family Law Act 1996 injunctions

  • All cases involving Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders

 

 Public law

  • Serious non-accidental injuries
  • Baby shaking cases, including death of an infant
  • Mental health, psychological and psychiatric issues, learning difficulties 
  • Sexual abuse
  • Severe neglect 
  • Burn injuries
  • Factitious disorders
  • Family Drug and Alcohol Court
  • Multicultural issues
  • Deaf parents
  • Wardship
  • Representing seriously harmed or older defiant children
  • Secure Accommodation Orders
  • Human Rights
  • Brussels II issues
  • Appeals

 

SIGNIFICANT CASES

In Re H & L 2019 Kit and his leading counsel won a legal argument on behalf of a father bringing care proceedings to an end prior to final hearing on grounds that s.31 Children Act 1989 was not met and excluding father from the pool of perpetrators

 

In 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 

 

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

 

 

INTERESTS

Aside from enjoying any free time with his young children, other interests include: rugby, skiing, traveling and languages

 

 







London

2 Harcourt Buildings
Temple
London
EC4Y 9DB
Dx 373 LDE
Tel 0207 353 6961

Oxford

Churchill House
3 St Aldate's Courtyard,
38 St Aldate's, Oxford
OX1 1BN
Dx 96453 Oxford 4
Tel 01865 791559

Contact

0207 353 6961
clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

 

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