Newsletter - March 2021

Our March 2021 Newsletter is now available here, featuring the following articles:


Niamh Daly Co-Authors 'Forced Marriage Law and Practice' by Bloomsbury

Congratulations to Niamh Daly on the publication of ‘Forced Marriage Law and Practice’ which she co-authored with Joshua Hitchens. The book is published by Bloomsbury Professional and is released on 12 February 2021. To purchase a hard or digital copy please click here.


an impressive book… a pleasurable and, at times, compelling read… an ambitious project, but…skilfully realised

The Honourable Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the Court of Protection, in the Foreword to the book

Forced Marriage Law and Practice is a comprehensive and practical treatment of the law and practice in this field, incorporating criminal, family and Court of Protection elements. It provides an awareness of what remedies may be available, how they may be obtained, and how best to defend an application or prosecution.

The book is divided into five parts which look at:

  • The definition of forced marriage, setting out the law and types of forced marriage in seven sections: prevention; punishment; remedies following a forced marriage; forced marriage and human rights; honour-based forced marriage; forced marriage involving vulnerable individuals and those lacking capacity; and organised exploitation and marriage for immigration purposes.
  • The law and procedure in the family jurisdiction, including both matrimonial and protective remedies
  • The procedure and relevant law for bringing and defending forced marriage related prosecutions in the criminal jurisdiction
  • The law, procedure and relevance of Court of Protection proceedings
  • Matters of best practice

Forced Marriage Law and Practice helps the reader to access the relevant law, and includes summaries of applicable law (both international and domestic), all in one text, facilitating a holistic approach to cases of forced marriage.

This is an essential title for family, crime and Court of Protection practitioners, as well as for other legal advisers and representatives, CPS lawyers, local authorities, human rights organisations, charities, students and academics.

Joshua Hitchens is a barrister of Lincoln’s Inn. Specialist in human rights and public law. Member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel, the Centre for Women’s Justice Legal Reference Panel, The Attorney General’s JJ Panel and the CPS 1 Panel. He has practised in both civil and criminal law in tribunals ranging from the Magistrates’ Court to the Privy Council. Regularly appears for both Local Authorities and the Official Solicitor in forced marriage High Court and Court of Protection proceedings.

Niamh Daly is a barrister of the Middle Temple. Specialist in family law, with a focus on both public and private children, adoption and applications under the Family Law Act 1996. Niamh is regularly instructed to appear in the family court and the High Court and has a particular academic and professional interest in forced marriage and other international family law issues including abduction.


Resumption of Remote Mini-Pupillages

Chambers is due to resume mini-pupillages as much as possible while COVID-19 measures remain in place. We are therefore accepting applications for a limited number of remote mini-pupillages at the current time due to limits on the number of in-person hearings taking place and limits on the number of attendees at such hearings. We will confirm once 'in-person' mini-pupillages resume.

Any applications for mini-pupillage should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to Kayleigh Long - klong@newcourtchambers.com. Mini-Pupils are required to comply with a Code of Practice during their time with us and to sign a Confidentiality Agreement at the outset of their mini pupillage.


Chambers & Partners - 2021

Chambers is once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set for Family/Matrimonial work in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners. This is the seventh year that New Court has been included and we are proud that once again the hard work of our members and staff has been recognised.

In addition to the chambers ranking, Giles Bain, Chris Poole, Sam Wallace, Sally Jackson, Andrew Shaw and Philippa Jenkins all retain their personal rankings, while Kyri Lefteri and Laura Harrington are recognised for the first time. Well done to all!

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Kiran Channa and Katelyn Gottschling take tenancy

We are delighted to welcome Kiran Channa and Katelyn Gottschling as full tenants to Chambers after successful completion of their pupillages. Their achievement is all the more impressive given the unprecedented circumstances they have had to navigate as pupils and we wish them all the very best for their careers at the Bar.


Legal 500 - 2021

Chambers is delighted that Giles Bain, Christopher Poole, Andrew Shaw, Sally Jackson and Sam Wallace have all been ranked in the 2021 Legal 500.

Children Law (Including Public and Private Law)

Giles Bain – ‘Is an exceptionally able barrister with a huge experience of dealing with complex cases involving children.

Christopher Poole – ‘Is a match for silks in other chambers.

Andrew Shaw – ‘Has an excellent grasp of complex papers, always well-prepared and gives you every confidence that he has read and understood instructions. He fights for his clients.

Sam Wallace – ‘Is an excellent barrister who is well prepared, persuasive and in the field of public law care proceedings has a deserved reputation for excellence. Local Authorities are very pleased when he represents them in cases involving the most serious allegations of abuse concerning children.

Family Law (Including Divorce and Financial Remedy)

Sally Jackson – ‘Truly wonderful, endlessly patient, intelligent and resourceful. Excellent paperwork and advocacy. Good at both finance and children cases.


Vacancy for 3rd Six Pupillage (Deadline 21.8.20)

New Court Chambers invites applications for a third six pupillage, commencing in October 2020.

Please visit our Pupillage page for more details.


"Don't Go To Court" - ADR during a Pandemic

Many of us have been conducting remote hearings during the pandemic but this is the tip of the iceberg of cases, with many just becoming part of an enormous backlog of cases that will not see the light of day until next year, nor will there be closure for our clients,  unless we rethink how we can resolve cases without the long wait for a court hearing.  Watch a short video presentation from Elissa Da Costa-Waldman on all the forms of Non-Court Dispute Resolution New Court Chambers is able to offer  in order to help you progress satisfactory outcomes for your clients.


June 2020 Newsletter

The latest edition of our newsletter features articles from Sam Prout on the key features of 'the new normal' in family law, Niamh Daly sets out changes in legislation as a result of Covid-19, Saiqa Chaudhry and Kiran Channa consider hybrid hearings and what this means for fair hearings, Katelyn Gottschling sets out the cardinal rules for committals and Elissa Da Costa-Waldman reports back on a recent ADR conference.

To read this edition of the newsletter please click below:

June 2020 New Court Newsletter


New Court Covid-19 Bulletin

The Family Court is having to adapt rapidly to the challenges presented by the recent public health crisis, as are those of us who work within it. Here we draw together members of chambers’ recent experience of remote hearings, references to the current guidance for family practitioners and a summary of what New Court Chambers can offer to facilitate remote hearings and conferences.