Biography

Teresa is a family law barrister who specialises in public and private children law proceedings. She is committed to her clients, and will advise them clearly about settlement and advocate strongly in court to get the right outcome for them if settlement is not possible. She has particular experience at dealing with cases where parties have mental health issues, and where there are allegations of alcohol and drug abuse. Outside court she is kind, empathetic and always willing to spend time discussing and explaining the law.

Teresa trained in criminal law as well as family, honing her skills of advocacy and cross-examination. She is in demand with solicitors who want an experienced barrister with a down to earth approach who can quickly establish a relationship of trust and confidence with clients. 

Teresa is also an experienced pupil supervisor, and acts as a mentor to junior members of Chambers. She is personable and easy to work with.

Teresa’s public law children practice includes all aspects of care work, from contested supervision and care orders to adoption proceedings.  Teresa is happy to accept instructions from any party in care proceedings and finds that her wide experience of acting for parents informs her approach when acting for both Local Authorities and Guardians.

With the growth of Special Guardianship Orders Teresa has developed considerable experience in the possibilities of these orders. She has experience of complicated family cases involving several generations, and/or with foreign and criminal elements. She has also advised and represented the government of a non-Hague country as an interested party in care proceedings.

In private law Teresa’s practice includes residence and contact disputes in the High Court and County Court. Being divorced with children herself, she is able to bring significant experience and understanding to the difficulties and anxieties felt by parents at risk of losing their children. She is careful to explain the process to her clients, and to advise on the likely outcomes in court so that they can make a decision about the best way forward.

Teresa is very experienced at dealing with emergency applications, including where there are allegations of domestic violence. She is usually able to accept instructions on short notice. Once she has accepted instructions, she is able to quickly assimilate the facts of the case in order to effectively represent her client in court.

To instruct Teresa please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Notable Cases

LBC v F and others (2020): care proceedings where both parents required interpreters and had to be carefully cross-examined to ensure that they understood the allegations. Complex factual issues including the Guardian who was alleged to wrongfully taken money from social services, and a dispute between social services and the mother who was not happy with the foster carers.

LBB v S and others (2020): care proceedings against a mother suffering from mental health issues and where there were allegations of drug abuse .

Y v J (2020): children law proceedings where there were allegations of severe mental health difficulties and domestic violence.