Elisabeth Wickham

Call: 2012

Elisabeth is a junior barrister who brings a wealth of life and business experience from outside the field of law to her practice. Before converting to law, she developed a successful career in the City, culminating in her role as Head of Risk Management in the private client group of a global insurer, and started a family.

Her diverse practice encompasses financial remedy and public and private children work. Elisabeth is adept at quickly establishing trust with clients from all walks of life. She brings a characteristic warmth and approach ability to her work, supporting clients who are often pressured or distressed and helping them to achieve the best possible legal outcomes.

Since her law conversion, Elisabeth has lectured in law at BPP Law School. Having grown up and been educated in The Netherlands, Elisabeth is bi-lingual. In addition, she is fluent in German and speaks French to a high standard.

Elisabeth has experience of representing clients in proceedings relating to all areas of family law. She has conducted cases at both County Court and High Court level.

To instruct Elisabeth or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961
Email: clerks@harcourtchambers.co.uk

Practice Areas

Elisabeth enjoys representing a diverse range of clients in public law matters. She is experienced in representing parents, local authorities and children’s guardians and has acted for children directly and for the Official Solicitor. Elisabeth’s public law practice encompasses cases involving parents with mental-health or learning difficulties, teenage parents, children beyond parental control, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, physical or sexual abuse, non-accidental injury and fabricated or induced illness.

Notable Public Law Children cases

Luton Borough Council v R & Ors [2024] EWFC 52

Care proceedings concerning a 14 year old girl who had made allegations that she had been sexually abused by family members.

Re D F G and H (care proceedings) [2024] EWFC 30 (B)

Care proceedings, issued following concerns over the level of care provided by parents.

Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312 (Fam)

Care proceedings in the High Court in respect of two children issued following allegations by Mother’s two older daughters that their Father had sexually assaulted them.

Wokingham Borough Council v The Mother & Ors [2023] EWFC 196

Fact-finding in care proceedings concerning allegations that parents assaulted children.

Oxfordshire County Council v M & Ors [2023] EWFC 135

Elisabeth represented A, a 10 month-old child, acting through their Children’s Guardian, in this final hearing of application for care and placement orders.

Elisabeth has represented clients in a wide range of matters under the Children Act 1989 including all applications under section 8, Special Guardianship Order applications and internal and international relocation applications. She has experience of representing all parties involved in such applications, including Rule 16.4 Guardians, and she is particularly interested in cases involving parental alienation, implacable hostility, emotional, sexual or physical abuse, and where Children’s Services are involved with the family.

Elisabeth welcomes instructions in International Children Law cases.

Elisabeth has experience of representing and advising clients in all aspects of financial remedy proceedings from First Appointment through to Financial Dispute Resolution and up to contested Final Hearings. She also represents parties in applications under Schedule 1 and TOLATA 1996 and is experienced in dealing with enforcement proceedings. Elisabeth has a particular interest in cases involving assets that are asserted to be non-matrimonial property, having written one of her Master’s degree dissertations on the subject.

Related News

Elisabeth Wickham and Oliver Powell in Luton Borough Council v R & Ors [2024] EWFC 52

Elisabeth Wickham, instructed by Family Law Group, represented the First Respondent mother and Oliver Powell, instructed by Hepburn Delaney Solicitors, represented the children’s guardian in Luton Borough Council v R &…

Nick Goodwin KC and Elisabeth Wickham in Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312 (Fam)

Nick Goodwin KC leading Elisabeth Wickham, instructed by Birmingham City Council, represented the Applicant in Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312 (Fam) care proceedings in the High Court…

Elisabeth Wickham, instructed by OLG Ltd, represented the children in Re D F G and H (care proceedings) [2024] EWFC 30 (B)

Elisabeth Wickham, instructed by Victoria Smith of OLG Ltd, represented the four children in Re D F G and H (care proceedings) [2024] EWFC 30 (B).

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