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Liam Kelly

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Liam Kelly - Deans Court Chambers

Education

  • University of Leeds – LLB Law
  • LLM Legal Practice incorporating the BPTC – Distinction
  • Society of Trusts and Estates – Diploma in Trusts and Estates (England and Wales) – Ongoing

Appointments

  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Barrister Scheme
  • Advocate (Formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Affiliate of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners
  • Affiliate of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Professional Associations

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Northern Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Awards

  • William James and Mary Spence Award – University of Leeds
  • Major Scholarship – The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award - The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Advocacy Scholarship – BPP University Law School
  • Regional Programme Leaders Scholarship – BPP University Law School

Profile

Liam joined Chambers in September 2020 after successfully completing pupillage under the tutelage of Patrick Gilmore and accepts instructions in all areas of family law.

In addition to his practice in family law, Liam is developing a private client practice with respect to claims brought under the Wills Act 1837, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Liam is an Affiliate of the Society of Trusts and Estates and is currently enrolled on the Diploma in Trusts and Estates (England and Wales).

An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), Liam has undertaken training in mediation and also accepts instructions to represent parties at mediation with respect to all his practice areas.

Financial Remedy

Liam is regularly instructed in financial remedy proceedings and represents clients from the start of proceedings, providing preliminary advice in conference or in writing, through to providing representation at contested final hearings if required.

An Affiliate of the Society of Trusts and Estates, Liam is happy dealing with complexities arising from trusts and estates within financial remedy proceedings and has been instructed on behalf of interveners to proceedings when trusts of land are disputed within financial remedy proceedings.

Liam also undertakes work pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 with respect to financial provision for children.

Liam has provided recent seminars with respect to financial remedy proceedings including:

‘Business Valuations upon Divorce: The exercise is more of an art than a science’

‘Pensions for Beginners’

‘Maintenance Pending Suit Applications’

Private Children

Liam undertakes a wide range of private law children work and is instructed at all stages of proceedings. His work includes applications for Special Guardianship Orders, disputes over contact and living arrangements, relocation of children within the UK and overseas, in addition to Prohibited Steps Order applications and Specific Issue Order applications pertaining to a wide range of issues.

Liam takes a pragmatic approach towards his cases and is confident pursuing robust arguments with respect to proportionality and necessity at all stages of proceedings to keep proceedings focused on the welfare of the child.

In addition to representing parents, Liam is also instructed to represent the child in private children upon the appointment of a Children’s Guardian.

Public Children

Liam is regularly instructed by Local Authorities and respondents party to public law proceedings at all stages of proceedings which often requires Liam to draft case summaries, skeleton arguments, threshold and position statements.

Liam is regularly instructed in cases which involve domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual abuse.

Private Client

Liam has a particular interest in Private Client work, including disputes arising with family property such as claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and claims brought under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Liam has been instructed to provide advice in respect of claims and enforcement under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, pre-action disclosure with respect to disputed wills and advice with respect to intestate estates.

Notable Cases

  • A Borough Council v E and Others (No.2) (Refusal of Secure Accommodation Order)[2021] EWHC 2699 (Fam)

    Liam was instructed by the local authority, led by Peter Rothery, in respect of a renewed application for a secure accommodation order pursuant to S.25 of the Children Act 1989.

  • D (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 787

    Liam was instructed to represent a Mother with learning disabilities in care proceedings following the birth of her child. On behalf of the Mother, Liam opposed the Local Authority care plan to separate the Mother from the child. The Court having made the decision to separate, and placing the child into foster care, Liam sought an urgent stay in the Court of Appeal, the same being granted. An application for permission to appeal and to appeal the decision to separate was made and subsequently heard on an urgent basis, Liam now being led by Julia Cheetham QC at the substantive hearing. The Court of Appeal granted permission and allowed the appeal.

  • A Borough Council v E and Others [2021] EWHC 183 (Fam)

    Liam was instructed by the Local Authority in care proceedings with regards to a child with complex mental health needs subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Orders. Later led by Julia Cheetham QC, the Local Authority sought approval of the Court to place the child in an unregulated placement whilst subject to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Orders remained and OFSTED regulation was sought.

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