Tara is an experienced family law barrister. Following successful completion of her pupillage in 2008 at Sussex Chambers, Tara remained a tenant and practised at the Independent Bar until 2013 before being invited to practise as Employed Counsel with Solicitors firms in Sussex. She has extensive experience of conducting litigation in addition to full representation at Court and was responsible for running her own caseload.
Tara specialises in complex Children Act 1989 cases. Whilst having acted for local authorities and parents, she has significant experience, expertise and interest in representing children through their Children’s Guardians during disputes concerning (but not limited to) issues of chronic neglect, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury. Tara continues to build a strong specialist practice in this particular field and is regularly instructed to act for children at all stages of the proceedings with a particular emphasis on fully contested E.P.O, I.C.O, Fact Finding and Final Hearings. She has further appeared at the High Court in relation to questions of non-Hague jurisdictional disputes and child abduction.
Additionally, Tara regularly acts on behalf of children through 16.4 Children Guardian Appointments during intractable “live with and spend time with” disputes during private law proceedings.
Tara accepts instructions in respect of Special Guardianship Orders and has often represented Grandparents either during private or public law proceedings in this regard.
In private law, Tara deals effectively with applications for Child Arrangement, Specific Issue and Prohibited Step Orders.