Grace practices in all areas of family law, with a particular focus on matrimonial finance and private children disputes. Before qualifying as a barrister, having undertaken pupillage at FOURTEEN, Grace worked within the litigation department of an Off-Shore law firm where she gained experience in public inquiries, trusts and complex matrimonial finance disputes.
Due to Grace’s background, she is experienced and interested in cases that have an international dimension, including relocation and assets in other jurisdictions.
Grace represents both applicants and respondents in private law Children Act 1989 matters, including intractable contact disputes, applications for leave to remove permanently from the jurisdiction and cases involving serious allegations. Grace takes a robust yet pragmatic approach to these proceedings.
Grace has recently represented a Mother in a dispute which centered on the Father’s gender identity. This case posed difficult and sensitive questions concerning gender dysphoria, transition and how this can be explained to children, and the risk of harm to a child as a result of transphobic attacks on the Father, in the presence of the child.
Grace is regularly instructed to represent local authorities, parents and guardians in public law proceedings. Her work in this area has included applications by the police for the disclosure of documents from the proceedings.
During Grace’s time in Jersey, she worked on the team representing the States of Jersey Police in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. She draws on that experience in care proceedings, particularly where there are concurrent police investigations.
A notable case for Grace in this area was representation, as junior counsel, of a Mother in a 10 day fact finding hearing, in which the Mother faced allegations by a Local Authority concerning fabricated or induced illness. The case had some 4000 pages of medical evidence alone and 8 expert witnesses.
Grace gained invaluable experience working in Jersey for an Offshore law firm in their litigation department. During this time, she worked on cohabitee claims, complex family trust disputes and high value financial remedy proceedings. Grace has a keen interest in financial remedy applications. She is regularly instructed to represent both applicants and respondents in financial remedy proceedings, and related issues such as applications to amend the Petition.
Grace has dealt with a number of cases involving assets based in other jurisdictions, in particular in India, and questions in respect of Indian Law. Grace has recently represented a client in a case involving a question as to Indian Law regarding rules of forced heir-ship at a certain age and Hindu joint family property.
LLB (Hons) (Cardiff University) 2012, First Class
BPTC (Cardiff University) 2013, Outstanding
Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children