News

We are open for business and fully operational

16th Apr 2020

Whilst the lockdown continues for another 3 weeks at the very least, our barristers and clerks continue to deliver services to our clients.

We are all becoming much more adept at working remotely and embracing the technology to enable us to do just that such as attending court hearings and meetings via video conferencing. Onwards and upwards!

Contact our clerks as usual on 020 7832 3200.

In any event, the mobile numbers of our most senior clerks are:

Clive                07970 712 955         
Kevin               07782 174 284
Richard            07730 266 607

The clerks mailbox clerks@4bc.co.uk is being monitored between 8.30am to 10.30pm during the week and periodically at the weekend.

We are very much open for business and look forward to being of assistance.

4 Brick Court remains fully open for business

27th Mar 2020

During this period of uncertainty, we would like to reassure all our clients and those people who depend on our services that 4 Brick Court remains fully open for business with all our staff and barristers able to work remotely.

Our telephone system has been modified to enable clients to be transferred directly to each of our clerks as appropriate via our main number 020 7832 3200.

In any event, the mobile numbers of our most senior clerks are:

Clive                07970 712 955         
Kevin               07782 174 284
Richard            07730 266 607

The clerks mailbox clerks@4bc.co.uk is being monitored between 8.30am to 10.30pm during the week and periodically at the weekend.

Whenever you require assistance, please call us and we will do all we can to assist.

Ian Griffin, Head of Chambers
Clive Barrett, Senior Clerk

Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

25th Mar 2020

Message from Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division

During the current Coronavirus Crisis some parents whose children are the subject of Child Arrangements Orders made by the Family Court have been understandably concerned about their ability to meet the requirements of these court orders safely in the wholly unforeseen circumstances that now apply.

This short statement is intended to offer advice but, as the circumstances of each child and family will differ, any advice can only be in the most general form.

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Pupillage interviews to take place via video link

21st Mar 2020

Whilst the Coronavirus is causing unimaginable chaos affecting all our lives, 4 Brick Court is determined to keep our pupillage recruitment on track and therefore pupillage interviews will now be conducted via video link.

We will be notifying those applicants who have been selected for interview within the next couple of days along with details of how their interview will be facilitated.

Subject to circumstances beyond our control, pupillage interviews will continue to take place on Saturday 28th March.

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Coronavirus advice update from the Bar Council

20th Mar 2020

The Bar Council is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Members of the Bar, colleagues and chambers’ staff should keep abreast of the advice being provided. The Bar Council’s latest information published 20/03/2020 is available to read here.

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Latest on COVID19 from chair of Bar Council

16th Mar 2020

Latest on #COVID19 from Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council. Read here. 

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HMCTS guidance for court users

15th Mar 2020

HMCTS has published additional guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus outbreak. This will be regularly updated as and when new advice and guidance becomes available. Further information here.

Launch night for Women in Family Law

12th Mar 2020

This evening is the launch of the new association Women in Family Law and we are delighted to see that five of our esteemed members will be in attendance to help celebrate and support the occasion! Bronach Gordon, Polly Allison, Amy Slingo, Sarah Fincham and Tahmina Rahman.  4 BC wishes everyone a terrific evening!
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Coronavirus advice and updates from the Bar Council

10th Mar 2020

The Bar Council is currently keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Members of the Bar and their colleagues in chambers and  employees should also keep abreast of the advice given. The Bar Council’s advice can be found here.

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House of Commons Library publishes Child protection…

09th Mar 2020

Duties to report concerns Briefing sets out current requirements regarding reporting known or suspected child abuse or neglect. Read article in Family Law week here.

Judith Pepper providing career insights to Birkbeck students

06th Mar 2020

This evening Judith Pepper will be in conversation with Professor Daniel Monk providing students with first-hand insight into how law works in practice and an opportunity to seek her advice as an experienced legal practitioner about careers in law.

Tonight’s event takes place between 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, 203.

Event information here.

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Sarah Haworth completes Vitality Big Half marathon fundraiser

03rd Mar 2020

Huge congratulations to Sarah Haworth for completing The Vitality Big Half marathon last Sunday raising precious funds for the Half Moon Theatre, a charity helping change the lives of vulnerable people in Tower Hamlets through the power of the arts.

Out of 18,000 runners, Sarah managed to finish in the top 10% of female runners with a time of 1.50.35 – JUST AMAZING!  Well done Sarah!

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Judith Pepper invited to speak at Wiltshire Family Justice Board conference

02nd Mar 2020

Judith Pepper has been invited to speak at the Wiltshire Family Justice Board’s annual conference in July. Judith’s talk will be on the issue of siblings in care proceedings and adoption

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Opportunity in Chambers for third six pupil

02nd Mar 2020

We are delighted to have a vacancy for a third six pupil to start with us on 30th March 2020. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate outstanding advocacy skills and a strong commitment to practising family law.  For details of how to apply, please click here.

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4 Brick Court Members in their finery for FLBA dinner!

28th Feb 2020

It’s the Family Law Bar Association dinner this evening and our Head of Chambers, Ian Griffin with Tahmina Rahman, Bibi Badejo and Sophie Crampton in their finery, leaving Chambers to join their Family Law Bar colleagues in what will no doubt be a splendid occasion. Enjoy the evening!

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Tahmina Rahman case analysis published by Lexis Nexis

27th Feb 2020

Tahmina Rahman, leading Amy Slingo, also of 4 Brick Court, successfully resisted an appeal at the Court of Appeal in December 2019 in a case where guidance has now been given in cases of concealed pregnancies / where a parent wishes to conceal the birth of a child or the fact of care proceedings from family who otherwise could be assessed to care for the subject child.  Read the full judgment here.

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Only 2 days to go to Sarah Haworth’s fundraising 1/2 marathon

27th Feb 2020

This Sunday 1st March 4BCs Sarah Haworth takes part in The Vitality Big Half marathon on behalf of the Half Moon Theatre a charity helping change the lives of vulnerable people in TowerHamlets through the power of the arts.

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Pupillage interviews to take place on Saturday 28th March

26th Feb 2020

We are delighted to have received so many applications for pupillage and we are about to start the marking process.

We will be notifying applicants as to whether or not they have been selected for interview shortly after 16th March via the Pupillage Gateway portal.

We wish the best of luck to all those who have applied to us.

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‘Sibling Assessments in Care and Adoption’, article by Judith Pepper

26th Feb 2020

In her article published by Family Law Week, Judith Pepper explores issues relating to siblings in care proceedings and case law relevant to sibling assessments. In the past few years there has been a much greater focus on this in care proceedings than in the past. Practitioners need to adapt to this. Inadequate sibling assessments can create huge difficulties for the court and can cause delay in cases.

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Best of luck to 4BC charity fundraiser Sarah Haworth

24th Feb 2020


The Vitality Big Half marathon is this Sunday 1st March and 4BCs Sarah Haworth will be taking part and raising precious funds on behalf of the Half Moon Theatre, a charity helping change the lives of vulnerable people in Tower Hamlets through the power of the arts.

Sarah’s fundraising page can be found here and any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received. Best of luck Sarah!

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