Trisan Hyatt

Barrister

Year of call 2009

Areas of practice Children law (public), Children law (private), Regulatory, Direct Access


“Trisan has a wonderful way with clients to put them at ease during the most challenging and stressful times in their lives”

Biography

Trisan has a busy and successful family law practice with a particular emphasis on children work.  Noted for her empathetic approach to her clients, Trisan is adept at putting her clients at ease and excels in her ability is build a good working rapport with her clients and solicitors. Her friendly and understated exterior belies a steely core and absolute determination to get the right result for her clients, often in very difficult cases.

Trisan has a background in education as a sociology and psychology lecturer and is a visiting part time Lecturer at the University of Westminster Law School. She is ideally placed to advise in cases where there are issues relating to capacity or allegations of psychological harm to children as well as physical harm. She has a growing practice in cases involving emotional abuse and parental alienation.

Trisan also has experience in cases where family issues intersect with other areas of the law. She was involved in the first successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation in the Central Criminal Court, acting for the maternal aunt in the family law aspect of the case. Her practice also includes matters that involve forced marriage, mental health matters and immigration issues.

Trisan also has a successful regulatory practice, acting mainly for healthcare professionals.

In public law children cases Trisan acts for parents, children, local authorities and extended family. She has experience of cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, neglect and domestic abuse. Trisan also has experience of cases where there are concerns around substance abuse and addiction. She has also acted in cases of forced marriages and cases involving issues relating to parental mental health, learning disabilities or capacity issues.

Trisan has a lot of experience of representing clients in remote hearings, and acted in a number of cases at the beginning of the Covid pandemic which set the terms for the way in which cases involving vulnerable children should be managed.

In private law proceedings, Trisan undertakes cases covering the full range of private law matters including:

  • Child Arrangement Orders (including intractable disputes);
  • Internal and External Relocation;
  • Prohibited Steps Orders;
  • Specific Issue Orders;
  • Fact finding hearings including successful representation in cases involving: domestic abuse, sexual violence, emotional and psychological abuse.

Trisan represents all parties to proceedings including those with mental health difficulties, vulnerable parties and those where English is not their first language.

Trisan also has a practice in professional disciplinary proceedings, focussing on health care professionals. She regularly represents nurses and midwives appearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as dentists before the General Dental Council.

Trisan has been instructed on cases which have included allegations of professional incompetence, fraudulent and incorrect registration, as well as sexually motivated and dishonest conduct. She is very thorough and confident at dealing with the law and complex professional rules. Trisan has experience of appellate advocacy in the High Court, and will ensure that decisions under appeal are carefully and comprehensively challenged.

To instruct Trisan please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush

Education

  • B.A.(Hons) University of the West Indies
  • LL.M. Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Diploma in Teacher Education
  • Visiting lecturer, University of Westminster

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Discrimination Law Association

Notable Cases

Z (Interim Care Order) [2020] EWCA Civ 1755: A case concerning issues relating to the interim removal of children from their parents. ​

K (Threshold - Cocaine Ingestion - Failure to give evidence) [2020] EWHC 2502 (Fam):Care proceedings arising from the death of a young child

A Local Authority v The Mother & Ors [2020] EWHC 1233 (Fam): Covid-19 - Fair Hearing – Adjournment – determination of how witnesses should give evidence, whether remotely or in person

C (Children : Covid-19: Representation) [2020] EWCA Civ 734: Trisan was successful in defending an appeal by the mother to the decision regarding how she should give evidence, with her arguments described in the judgment as 'short and effective'

S-P (welfare hearing) [2019] EWFC B77: The first successful prosecution for FGM

Okunlola v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2015] EWHC 2456 (Admin): Appeal against striking off

Enemuwe v Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) [2016] EWHC 1881 (Admin)