‘A Practical Guide to Practice Direction 12J and Domestic Abuse in Private Law Children Proceedings’ by Rebecca Cross & Malvika Jaganmohan
Publication due: October 2021
‘A Practical Guide to Practice Direction 12J and Domestic Abuse in Private Law Children Proceedings’ will be the go-to practitioner’s guide on the treatment of domestic abuse in private law children proceedings in England and Wales. Readers will be guided through recent High Court and Court of Appeal decisions, the application of Practice Direction 12J and the ground-breaking new Domestic Abuse Bill.
Domestic abuse features in many, if not most, of family practitioners’ private children law caseload. With the flurry of recent case law and increasing media attention on the treatment of domestic abuse in the family courts, it is imperative that practitioners are always live to these issues and know how to respond to them.
This book will be essential reading for all practitioners when advising lay and professional clients on the application of Practice Direction 12J and the relevance of any allegations of domestic abuse on outcomes within private law children proceedings.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Rebecca Cross and Malvika Jaganmohan are family law specialists at St Ives Chambers, Birmingham, practising in private and public children law, and matrimonial finance.
In private law proceedings Rebecca has particular experience in cases involving coercive and controlling behaviour and allegations of parental alienation. She appears at all stages of proceedings and at all levels of court. Rebecca is popular with solicitors and clients in difficult, complex and/or high-conflict long running private children cases. On a recent reported case the expert psychologist described the proceedings as ‘about as acrimonious as they get’.
Rebecca regularly speaks and writes on all aspects of family law to solicitors and other professionals.
Malvika has a busy practice acting for parents and r.16.4 Guardians. She has a particular interest in cases concerning intractable hostility to contact; private law matters with a public law dimension; cases with overlapping immigration issues and matters with an international element.
Malvika was nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2020. She is frequently invited to speak on panels on a range of issues and recently gave oral evidence to the Westminster Commission on Legal Aid in the family legal aid session. Malvika is part of the core group for The Transparency Project, a charity which explains and discusses family law cases in England and Wales with the aim of demystifying the family justice system. She is also a founding member of Women in Family Law.