Callum joined chambers in 2017, having worked for a number of years in a firm of solicitors. Callum is a family law specialist – he undertakes work in public and private law at all levels.
Whilst the majority of his work is in public law, Callum maintains a small private law practice involving acting for parents and 16.4 guardians.
In his public law practice he acts for local authorities, parents and children. With experience of matters including, domestic violence, neglect, drug abuse and vulnerable individuals. He acts in hearings at all levels, from EPO, ICO through to contested final hearings.
His private law practice focuses on issues of contact, with experience of parents facing allegations of sexual abuse and domestic violence. He also has experience of cases with issues of relocation. He acts in hearings at all levels, from FHDRA through to finding of fact and final hearings.
Callum also appears in cases dealing with matrimonial finances, from FDA through to final hearings.
Callum spends time to work with his instructing solicitors to ensure the best possible outcome for the lay client. He takes a very analytical approach to his work. He takes great care to ensure the needs of his clients are met and that they are guided through legal proceedings efficiently, without compromise.
Cases of Note – Family
Re M (2020) – representation of children involving significant challenge of medical evidence, allegations of another child inflicting injuries and severely vulnerable parents.
Re S (2020) – Hybrid proceedings involving a vulnerable and deaf father.
Re L (2019) – representation of children, a case involving adjournments for further assessment, maintaining plan of adoption.
Re L (2019) – representation of intervenors on the ‘list’ for the shake of a baby, secured a total exoneration for the intervenor.
Re G (2019) – representation of the Local Authority in a case involving significant bruising to the buttocks and a metaphyseal fracture, findings made as to identity and cause of the injuries.
Re K (2019) – representation of an intervenor in a case involving serious burns and physical assault on the child.
Re P (2019) – represented the local authority, establishing findings of child abduction and endorsement of a care plan of adoption for a 6 year old.
Re A (2019) – appeared on behalf of the child before Mr Justice MacDonald in case involving serious skull fractures found to have been caused by shaking.
Re H (2019) – represented the father at an interim removal hearing involving allegations of NAI and FII, the court disagreed with the LA plan for removal and endorsed the child remaining with the mother.
Re J (2018) – successfully resisted a plan of adoption for placement with the maternal family.
Re A (2018) – private law matter representing the respondent involving allegations of sexual assault (acquitted in the crown court) all findings made of sexual assault made against the applicant.
Re N (2018) – private law matter representing applicant grandparents alleged to have committed acts of honour based violence, allegations withdrawn after cross examination of the respondent.
K v W (2017) re-established contact for the applicant after allegations of domestic abuse.
Re B and M (2017) – Represented father in a private law matter involving allegations of harassment and domestic violence, allegations dismissed and contact put in place for father.
Re: A (2017) – Private law matter involving the internal relocation of a child.
BPTC – Manchester Metropolitan University
LLB (Hons.) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Away from the Bar
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