Holly joined Chambers in July 2015 following successful completion of a specialist family law pupillage. Holly began her practice accepting instructions in all areas of family law, however since 2019 she has practised exclusively in private child law and Family Law Act 1996 matters. She accepts instructions in all stages of proceedings from the first hearing to contested final hearings, and through the appeal process if necessary.
Holly prides herself on delivering accessible and realistic advice to her lay clients. She is very approachable and is skillful at putting anxious clients at ease throughout the process. Holly is well-known for her meticulous preparation and providing thorough and detailed feedback and advice to her instructing solicitors both in advance of, and following, hearings.
PRIVATE CHILD LAW
Within her private child law practice, Holly has experience in representing parents, step-parents, grandparents, and children in matters in which a Rule 16.4 Guardian has been appointed. She also has experience in acting for local authorities within private law proceedings. Prior to moving to a specialist private law practice in 2019, Holly regularly accepted instructions in public law matters. This experience has provided Holly with a comprehensive understanding of local authority procedures and practices, which proves to be very useful in private law matters with any kind of local authority involvement.
Holly has considerable experience in contact and residence disputes. Within this area, Holly regularly acts in matters involving allegations of abuse and also matters in which there has been a long period of no contact, often necessitating the involvement of commissioned services. Holly also regularly accepts instructions in prohibited steps and specific issue order applications, dealing with disputes concerning matters such as; education, immunisations, change of surname, removal from the jurisdiction, and urgent applications concerning the immediate return of the child.
FAMILY LAW ACT 1996
Within her Family Law Act 1996 practice, Holly regularly accepts instructions both seeking and opposing non-molestation orders. She also accepts instructions regarding occupation order applications.
Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award & Duke of Edinburgh Entrance and Call Scholarship, 2012.
Inner Temple Sir Joseph Priestly Internship Award (Amicus capital murder defence internship in Houston, Texas), 2013.
Recipient of the Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship Fund, selected from six nominees achieving the top six MMU BPTC results, 2013.
Family Law Bar Association.
LLB (Hons), University of Manchester (First Class).
Bar Professional Training Course, Manchester Metropolitan University (Very Competent).
Holly is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Holly can be found here.
Holly's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that she provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Holly to undertake Court work for a brief fee plus additional refresher days although fixed fees may be available. For any advisory work including conferences, it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate. Holly also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here.
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