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 and DOLs; he 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. He has a particular interest in cases involving NAI, however, he acts in cases involving all aspects of safeguarding.
Callum appears in cases involving DOLS acting for local authorities, parents and children. Most notably he has recently acted for the child in a case where the court refused to authorise the deprivation of liberty in a hospital setting and appeared for the child where the court was concerned with the use of the inherent jurisdiction and the impact of new legislation prohibiting the placement of children under 16 in unregistered accommodation.
His private law practice focuses on issues of contact, with experience of parents facing allegations of sexual abuse, parental alienation and domestic violence. He also has experience of cases with issues of relocation.
Callum spends the time to work with his instructing solicitors to ensure the best possible outcome for the lay client and/or professional client. He has a very analytical approach to his work and takes great care to ensure the needs of his clients are met. Callum believes it is important that all clients are guided through legal proceedings efficiently, without compromise.
Cases of Note – Family
MBC v AM & Ors (DOL Orders for Children Under 16)  EWHC 2472 (Fam) – representation of a child where the court considered the ongoing use of the inherent jurisdiction post the enactment of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI2021/161) rendering such placement’s ‘unlawful’. The court determined that the use of the inherent jurisdiction remain unchanged. https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2021/2472.html
Wigan BC v Y (Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty)  EWHC 1982 (Fam) – representation of a child where the court refused to authorise the deprivation of liberty in a hospital setting. https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2021/1982.html
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.
Qualifications and Memberships
FLBA and FLBA Regional Committee Member
BPTC – Manchester Metropolitan University
LLB (Hons.) – Manchester Metropolitan University
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