Criminal & Family Law Barrister in London

Rebecca Fairbairn

Barrister Rebecca Fairbairn

If you are searching for a barrister in london to give you friendly but professional advice and guidance .. look no further. I have had wide experience in the dual practice of family and criminal law since I was called to the Bar over 14 years ago.

Family Law

My record in Family cases covers the entire practice area from the Family Proceedings Court to the High Court and has included representing parties in situations of family breakdown, matters under the Children Act and dealing with international child abduction.

My work covers Family Law disputes and applications and disputes over residence, contact and parental responsibility orders. I will undertake all aspects of case preparation and management and will represent parties through all stages of family court proceedings.

Criminal Law

My experience in Criminal law covers both prosecution and defence work. Cases in which I have been instructed have included charges of murder, robbery, drugs importation and fraud. I am a Grade 3 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service.

In court I have developed a persuasive style of advocacy, whether prosecuting or defending, and have demonstrated a sound knowledge of case law and procedure and received praise for my clear and concise submissions.

Direct Public Access

I can accept instructions from members of the public without involving a solicitor.

I can advise you on your legal rights, negotiate on your behalf and draft documents or represent you in Court.

By instructing me directly you only pay for one legal advisor and your costs will be lower.

Being involved in a court case or family dispute can be a demanding and stressful time for anyone not familiar with the law. I can discuss matters with sensitivity and without resorting to complex legal jargon and – when it comes to it - argue your case in a rigorous and professional manner.

In the news

31st May 2016

Last week Munby LJ (President of the Family Division of the Hugh Court) ruled that Karen Hart was entitled to receive £3.5 million in settlement from her former husband John Hart, despite his argument that she should not receive such a sum because she had been in a relationship with another man for some years and ought to rely financially upon him instead.

Munby LJ ruled that the presence of [Mrs. Hart’s] new partner in her life did not diminish her needs”.

Mr. and Mrs. Hart met in 1983 and married in 1987 and they had two children. They lived in an exclusive home in Sutton Coldfield and had properties overseas. By the time of the commencement of divorce proceedings in 2011 the couple had amassed £10m.

This case has reaffirmed the importance of section 25(2)(b) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 that person’s financial needs must be met by the parties to the marriage. Mrs. Hart and her partner had no intention to marry and it was considered unfair that if a lower award had been made, based on the assumed financial support of Mr. Chubb she would be prejudiced if that relationship ended.

This was a very long marriage with children and nothing to suggest that Mrs. Hart did not make a full and proper contribution to the parties’ family life.

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