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

Year of Call and Inn

2010 Gray’s Inn

Professional Details

Dafydd specialises in Family, Immigration and Public Law.

Dafydd joined chambers in 2013 having commenced his practice in South Wales. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, he was a canoe slalom athlete, competing internationally for Wales and Great Britain.

A fluent Welsh-speaker, Dafydd is available for instruction in cases conducted in the Welsh language.

As a barrister who is qualified and registered on the Public Access scheme, he often accepts instructions directly from members of the public.

Immigration, Asylum and Judicial Review

Dafydd regularly represents appellants before the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and has experience of the High Court and Court of Appeal.

He also acts in Judicial Review proceedings. Dafydd is often instructed in cases involving entry clearance; applications to extend or vary Leave to Remain; matters involving EEA law; unlawful detention; and appeals against removal or deportation.

Dafydd is adept at dealing sensitively with clients who have undergone traumatic experiences in their country of origin.

He has a broad experience of cases involving torture and sexual violence and has the ability to put clients at ease, explaining proceedings in simple yet comprehensive terms. At present, he is assisting the Bar Standards Board in piloting a specialist toolkit to assist advocates when dealing with vulnerable clients.

Dafydd also volunteers at Asylum Justice in Cardiff, providing advice and representation to vulnerable clients who do not have the assistance of Legal Aid.

Family

Dafydd has a practice which covers all areas of family law, including private and public law children matters, domestic violence injunctions, cohabitation disputes and financial remedy proceedings.

Dafydd regularly represents parents in private law matters concerning child arrangements, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders.

He has acted in cases involving intractable contact disputes, applications to remove from the jurisdiction and serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Possessing a calm and reassuring manner, Dafydd is able to put nervous and vulnerable clients at their ease in what can be an intimidating environment.

Dafydd represents parents, local authorities, guardians and other extended family members in care proceedings, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. He has considerable experience of representing vulnerable clients, including those with learning difficulties, mental health issues and serious addiction problems.

Dafydd has considerable experience in dealing with financial relief proceedings matters, including cases involving large assets including businesses, pensions and trusts. He has been complimented on his assiduous case preparation and pro-active approach to negotiation.

Dafydd acts in cases where unmarried couples have separated and need to resolve their finances under TOLATA. He is adept at presenting this complex area of law to clients in plain, understandable terms.

Dafydd has experience of representing parties in the Court of Protection in cases involving applications under the Mental Capacity Act to vary or terminate deprivation of liberty authorisations.

Public Law including Judicial Review (JR)

Dafydd is often instructed in judicial review (JR) proceedings including challenges to decisions of the Home Office and those of specialist Tribunals, that do not attract a statutory right of appeal.

Areas in which he acts include challenging or defending age assessments undertaken by Local Authorities and challenging decisions on housing, education and benefits (especially in an immigration context).

Dafydd is available for instruction at all stages of the JR process, from the preparation of Pre-Action Protocol letters to advocacy at substantive hearings.

Notable Cases

Re: S (A Child) (2017) Dafydd represented a vulnerable Mother with learning difficulties in a 5-day Final Hearing, arguing successfully against an Adoption Order.

MG (Eritrea) v SSHD (2016) Dafydd successfully appealed the Determination of a First-tier Tribunal Judge in a case involving disputed ethnicity. The client went on to be awarded Refugee Status in the remitted appeal.

L v L (2016) Dafydd defended successfully serious allegations of violence made against a Father during private law Children Act proceedings, resulting in an order for contact being made in his favour, despite his having not seen his children for almost a year.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Justice
Asylum Justice

Recent seminars and publications

“Weighting the Scales of Justice: Proportionality, Article 8 ECHR and s.117 of the NIAA2002” – Seminar

“EU and EEA Law Update: Autumn 2017” – Seminar presented to ILPA, South West

Interests/Hobbies

Canoeing, rugby, cinema, travel.