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Family - Children

Carol Binnion

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(Year of Call 2010)

Joined Chambers: 2010

Qualifications:

LLB Law - University of Nottingham

Chester College of Law

Background:

Carol was a solicitor for 25 years prior to being called to the Bar in 2010 when she joined St Ives Chambers. She had, until that time, been a partner in a local firm. As a solicitor Carol had been a member of the Children's Panel of Solicitors since its inception in 1984 representing children of all ages. Throughout her career as a solicitor she gained extensive experience as a family law advocate specialising in care and adoption proceedings representing parents, children and local authorities. She aims to ensure, as a barrister, that she provides the service that she would have expected from counsel when she was a solicitor.

Carol practices in both private and public family law proceedings and appears in the Family Court at all levels.

Carol appreciates how stressful family law cases are for all involved and ensures that she deal with cases in a sensitive manner and that she does all she can to put her clients at ease.

Private law proceedings

In private law proceedings she has represented clients in complex finding of fact hearings including those involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, and non-accidental injury allegations. She has also undertaken representation in cases dealing with relocation and removal from the jurisdiction. Her work has encompassed alcohol and drug abuse allegations and intractable contact disputes. She has represented both parents and also children in cases where rule 16.4 Guardians have been appointed by the court. Her work has included representation of grandparents and relatives of children.

Carol is also regularly involved in non-molestation and occupation order applications including committal applications; specific issue and prohibited steps applications.

Public law proceedings

In public law proceedings Carol continues to represent parents, local authorities, children including young people who are capable of giving instructions, and other parties or interveners. Her work has encompassed finding of fact hearings including child death (where she has been led by leading counsel), non-accidental injury allegations, sexual abuse allegations, and domestic violence. She has expertise in alcohol and drug misuse, and neglect cases.

She has a particular interest in representing parents with learning difficulties including those represented by the Official Solicitor and aims to ensure that her clients fully understand the proceedings and that their views are communicated to the court.

Memberships:

Association of Lawyers for Children Family Bar Association

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