“We just wanted to thank Courtney for all her efforts in dealing with this case. We know that our client appreciated all the hard work that she put into settling this case at the final hearing and we thank her for her helpful and professional manner throughout. We will not hesitate to recommend her to our colleagues in the future.”
Represented a non-resident parent in private law children’s proceedings where the primary carer had falsely accused the non-resident parent of sexual abuse of the children. The case involved eminent expert psychologists for both the children and adults and resulted in the change of residence from the primary carer to the non-resident parent to repair the psychological damage to the children caused by the primary carer’s parental alienation. The proceedings totalled 15 days when taking account of case management, multi-day fact finding and multi-day final hearing.
Represented a mother who had been subjected to years of unreported domestic abuse and sexual assault in a case where the father had been convicted of possession of child pornography. The mother was vulnerable and required not only protection for herself but her young children. Courtney represented her throughout the fact findings proceedings where significant findings were made against the father and the impact of PD12j on the mother and her inability to support there being even supervised contact between the father and children was considered.
Has experience in LGBTQ co-parenting cases.
Undertaken multiple cases which successfully established contact or prevented contact between a parent and child, varied the living arrangements or preserved the status quo.
Has extensive experience in cases where welfare of the children both is and is not in issue.
Has successfully obtained non-molestation orders and occupation orders to protect vulnerable persons and children from perpetrators of domestic abuse and exclude them from the home. She has also successfully defended such proceedings and has a keen ability to ‘unpick’ allegations that are contradictory or without foundation.
Represented a mother who was accused of abducting her child to Poland and a father whose child had been abducted to the Caribbean both cases included issues of wardship and international arrest warrants.
Represented the Local Authority which resulted in the removal of children following chronic neglect and domestic abuse between the parents. This case was complicated by the complex wider family dynamic, mental health difficulties, expert psychiatric evidence and the need for an interpreter.
Represented the mother and successfully opposed the interim removal of a baby who had been doing well in a young mother’s care but where there was a significant history of previous removal of older children and the Local Authority were arguing that this created sufficient threshold to remove now.
Courtney has been a member of Chambers since 2011 and is a specialist practitioner in Family Law with a wealth of experience in Private and Public Law Children matters, non-molestation and occupation orders as well as Ancillary relief.
Courtney is a popular advocate with both professional and lay clients, being seen as proficient and approachable. She is amiable in her approach to cases but a formidable opponent where necessary. Chambers has received commendation regarding her advocacy skills and case conduct from her clients, opponents and members of the Judiciary. Clients appreciate her warm nature and ability to bring humour to support them through an otherwise daunting experience. Clients rest assured that the advice they receive will be sympathetic but frank and pragmatic.
Courtney is a Public Access Barrister and is able to undertake cases, where appropriate, directly instructed by a lay client.
Courtney has experience in serious cases which include abduction, sexual offences against both adults and children, non-accidental injury cases and parental alienation. She is regularly instructed in fact-finding hearings, final hearings as well as all case management.
Courtney represents parents, the Local Authority and the children’s Guardian.