Barristers

Elizabeth Shaw


Called: 1986

Summary

Over the last 27 years Liz has regularly acted in complex care cases, sometimes back to back. I have acted for a variety of Local Authorities and also frequently for parents or the Children’s Guardian. I am highly adept in preparing voluminous and lengthy complex cases that require detailed forensic analysis of the evidence for either my own preparation or on behalf of Queen’s Counsel.

Her particular expertise lies in public law children related issues. She has acted for parents, Local Authorities, Children's Guardian and the Official Solicitor, including long running High Court public law matters. Liz regularly appears in complex Care cases that concerns issues of sexual abuse, or non-accidental injury to children.

Liz is sought out by Local Authorities and Solicitors to represent clients with speech/language difficulties and learning disabilities, as she has a huge amount of personal experience to draw upon.

Endorsements

Legal 500 2018 - ‘Very empathetic and excellent with vulnerable clients’.

Chambers & Partners 2018 - "She is very good with clients and a good advocate." "She has sound judgement and is very thorough."

Legal 500 2017 - ‘A brilliant advocate, who holds her own against silks.’

Chambers & Partners 2017 - Senior junior who is an established expert on children matters specialising in complicated care proceedings. She has significant experience of public and private law and regularly acts for children, parents and local authorities.

Public Law Children.

Liz’s personal experiences enable her to offer practical, realistic and robust advice with confidence.

Notable Cases

M & L (Children) (2007) EWCA Civ 1307 - Acted for the Mother in Care proceedings where findings were sought that stepfather had sexually abused her daughter and physically and sexually abused the mother also. The issue on appeal was if the Judge had erred in considering the allegations of abuse by the father upon the mother when determining any “lingering doubts” he had in respect of the stepdaughter’s evidence. The appeal was dismissed.

Re T ( Children) [2012]UKSC 36 - Appeared on behalf of the local authority in the first instance decision where the Judge refused the costs of the interveners when no findings were made against them and they were exonerated. The Judge noted the local authority had acted reasonably in bringing the proceedings and joining the party as interveners. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal by the interveners and awarded costs against the local authority. Permission to appeal to Supreme Court was on basis the order for costs remained. The Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal decision. The Supreme Court concluded that the general principle of not awarding costs against a party in care proceedings, including a local authority, in the absence of reprehensible behaviour or unreasonable stance, is one that accords with the ends of justice and should not be subject to an exception in cases of split hearings.

Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit

Publications

Liz was part of a committee of professionals in Hull who devised the guidelines for the “expectations for CAFCASS/ Solicitors working together” in 2012.

Seminar/Training

Liz has presented a number of seminars to solicitors and other professionals in Family law, most recently on the case of Re T and the Chambers Family Law seminars across Yorkshire.
Court Craft Skills.