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Family - Children

Charles Geekie QC *

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Clerk Enquiries:

Silk

(Year of Call 1985, Silk 2006)

Joined Chambers: 2009

Qualifications:

LLB

Background:

Charles is a barrister specialising in family law. His practice centres on legal issues concerning children, including public and private law cases. He has great experience in dealing with complex residence cases and those involving relocation. He represents local authorities, parents and Guardians in public law and adoption cases. He has particular experience in complex care cases involving fatalities, serious injuries, sexual and emotional abuse and cases where there is a conflict of medical evidence.

Recommendations:

Chambers and Partners: leading junior 2004, 2005, 2006; leading silk 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Recommended in Legal 500 2010

Notable Cases:

Re W (Children)(Abuse: Oral Evidence) [2010] EWCA Civ 57

Re W (Children)(Abuse: Oral Evidence) [2010] UKSC 12, [2010] 1 FLR 1485

Re M-W (Care Proceedings)(Expert Evidence) [2010] EWCA Civ 12, [2010] 2 FLR 46

Re MA (Care Threshold) [2009] EWCA Civ 853, [2010] 1 FLR 431

A Local Authority v S [2009] EWHC 2115 (Fam); [2010] 1 FLR 1560 Re P (Placement Orders: Parental Consent) [2008] 2 FLR 625

Re R (Wardship: Medical Treatment) [1992] 1 FLR190

Re M (Care: Leave to interview child) [1995] 1 FLR 825

Re M (Child Abuse: Video Evidence) [1995] 2 FLR 571

M v M (Stay of Proceedings: Return of Child) [2006] 1 FLR 138

Re N (Sexual Abuse Allegations: Professionals not Abiding by Findings of Fact) [2005] 2 FLR 340

Further Information:

Drafted training protocol for Expert Witnesses. Run, jointly with senior consultant psychiatrists, training sessions for expert witnesses. Drafted FLBA response to Government consultation on Expert Witnesses, Munroe Review and GMC review in relation to child protection.

Memberships:

Elected representative on the committee of the Family Law Bar Association Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children

Appointments:

Silk 2006

Recorder 2006

Publications:

Contributor to Rayden and Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters, Halsbury's Laws (Children volume) and Family Law.

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