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5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
amanda.rhodes@unitystreetchambers.com

Degree: LLB (Hons) Law
Year of call and Inn: 1990; Lincoln’s Inn.
Professional membership: FLBA, Resolution
Practice including public access: Child law, Matrimonial Finance and trusts of land cases.

Specialisms

Amanda has been practising family law since 1991. She joined Unity Street Chambers in 2011, having practised in London for over 15 years before that. Clients and instructing solicitors have praised her for her client care skills, her thorough cross-examination and her straight forward and clear approach. A significant proportion of Amanda’s work arises through personal recommendation.

A specialist children law practitioner, Amanda represents parents, children and intervenors in care proceedings and private law children disputes. This includes cases with an international element including child abduction and applications for leave to remove children from the jurisdiction.

Amanda has been involved in recent cases where wardship orders have been made by the High Court, involving issues of abduction and child protection. Amanda also has experience of cases involving European Arrest Warrants.

In finance matters, Amanda is regularly instructed on cases involving finances on matrimonial or relationship breakdown, including cases of high and low net worth, multiple property assets, pensions, debts and companies, cohabitation and property ownership disputes, financial applications in relation to children and applications brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act.

Public Access: Amanda is licensed under the Public Access rules and has experience of public access instruction in Children Act cases, matrimonial finance and finance generally, injunctions and general advisory work for divorce.

Many family law cases can be suitable for public access advice to resolve small or large issues, whether by representation at a court hearing, advice generally, assistance in drafting a letter or even ensuring court forms are completed correctly to make sure applications proceed correctly.

Notable Cases:

Re N – 2014 representing the father where a child was abducted to the Bahamas;
Re M – financial proceedings involving pensions and 2 companies, a short marriage and dissipation of assets;
Re M – complex proceedings involving representation of a mother who was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant with live issues of abduction risks, Hague Convention, and wardship ;
Re N – wardship/contact proceedings involving child abduction;
Re K – care proceedings representing a mother where there was evidence of severe mental disorder and harm to a young baby;
Re X – care proceedings representing a travelling family where the care plan was to separate siblings. Protracted evidence from experts and children remained at home;
Re A – public law proceedings representing the child where the allegations against the father included causing severe injuries to the child causing the child to be a quadriplegic and blind. Evidence from many experts over 10 days resulting in orders protecting the child. The father was subsequently convicted of GBH and committed suicide in the criminal courtroom;
Re W – fact finding hearing within public law proceedings representing an uncle who it was alleged has sexually abused his niece; successfully challenged with no findings made against the uncle;
Re B – 3 day hearing and subsequent appeal concerning the enforcement of a personal guarantee which was 7 years old but concerned new substantial debts. Guarantee upheld.