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Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC

10 LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3BP, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7797 7900
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Fax 020 7797 7929
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1034 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Claire Heppenstall

Tel:
Work 020 7797 7900
Email:
1GC | Family Law (Chambers of Janet Bazley QC and Charles Geekie QC)

Position

Claire practises exclusively in private family and family related work. Her practice is largely split between private children work and financial remedy claims on divorce. In private law children, she is especially experienced in dealing with difficult contested child arrangement disputes and is often instructed to appear against Queen’s Counsel – in relation to shared care arrangements/ intractable contact disputes /leave to remove applications and in cases of particular difficulty – where the child has been joined or in disputes arising in modern families (LGBT and transgender).

In financial remedy work, she is often instructed where there are complex business interests and difficulties with disclosure; she also deals with Schedule 1 claims, child support, cohabitation disputes and inheritance act claims.

Her reported cases are: McCann v Wright [1995] 2 FLR 579, CA; Re D (Residence: Imposition of Conditions) [1996] 2 FLR 281, CA; S v P (Contact Application: Family Assistance Order) [1997] 2 FLR 277; Re M (Interim Contact: Domestic Violence) [2000] 2 FLR 377, CA and Re M (a child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2356.

Claire is a dual qualified Arbitrator in both fields of Family Finance and Children and can offer composite adjudications where all issues arising on separation are dealt with in one hearing.

Career

Called 1990, Inner Temple. Bar Pro Bono Unit Panel Reviewer. MCIArb (Family Finance); MCIArb (Children); Co-author of DIY Divorce & Separation: The Expert Guide to Representing Yourself (Jordan Publishing), 2014; Publications of note: contributor to ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England’ Volume 5 (3) and (4) – ‘Children and Young Persons’; contributor to Butterworth’s Cohabitation Law and Precedents (Same Sex Cohabitation); contributor to ‘Applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989’ published by Family Law.

Member

FLBA.

Education

University College London: LLB (Hons) 1987; University College London: LLM (Merit) 1988.

Leisure

Walking, cycling and theatre.


London Bar

Children law (including public and private law)

Within: Leading Juniors

Claire Heppenstall - 1GC | Family LawKnows the courts well and is very good on tactics and strategy.

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

Within: Leading Juniors

Claire Heppenstall - 1GC | Family LawVery good in cross-examination at final hearings and throughout court proceedings; excellent in making strong and clear submissions to the judge.

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