Lavinia Glover

I joined Chambers after the successful completion of a pupillage here. I am now developing a busy and broad practice within Chambers’ core areas, and work with clients on civil and general family matters, with a particular focus on landlord and tenant issues.

I have a special interest in civil cases, and have represented both Claimants and Defendants in the County Court at all stages of proceedings, including small and fast track claims.

I accept instructions in general family matters and frequently represent clients for emergency non-molestation applications. I have appeared for both applicants and respondents at First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments though to the Final Hearing.

My clients particularly appreciate my professional approach, combined with the way that I am able to help them feel comfortable with the processes involved. My ability to process large amounts of complex information and explain it clearly to my clients is of great value to them, particularly when working on a DPA basis.

I studied law with history at Canterbury Christ Church University before going on to study the Bar Professional Training Course at Northumbria Law School, then commencing pupillage with Becket Chambers in October 2015. Before pupillage I volunteered with the Personal Support Unit in the Newcastle Combined Court, supporting litigants in person throughout the court process, and I still volunteer with the Kent Law Clinic at the University of Kent.

 

Property and Land Law

I am particularly interested in cases relating to residential landlords and tenants, and frequently represent both private and local authority landlords for possession of residential properties. I have also successfully represented tenants in appeals to successfully set aside a possession order, and can assist both tenants and landlords by providing expert advice on eviction notices and tenancy agreements.

I will also advise on counter-claims and set-offs in relation to possession proceedings against private landlords, and have made successful submissions on mandatory grounds for possession.

My clients appreciate my ability to explain and clarify law and procedure in simple terms for the non-legal professional. This, together with my straightforward but sensitive approach, is particularly important where matters are complicated by issues such as mental health problems or family disputes relating to property.

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

In my busy and developing Family practice, I act frequently for either parent in applications for Child Arrangements Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders.

 

Although I am happy to accept instructions at all stages of proceedings, the earlier I am instructed, the better able I am to help. My clients regularly instruct me the beginning of proceedings, for the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, and I remain involved until the final hearing.

 

Particularly when instructed later in the process, my experience with litigants in person (where you are handling your case in court yourself) can be invaluable during family law proceedings. My advice and guidance often leads to productive negotiations whilst at court, speeding up the court process.

 

My experience encompasses a variety of disputes ranging dealing with whether your child should live with you or their other parent, to arrangements for the amount of contact they should have and how it is managed. This includes arrangements where one parent wishes to take a child out of the UK, either to live, or on holiday, including to a non-Hague convention country.

I also have experience in dealing with issues of parental alienation and the implications of this for the child’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.

I have represented clients from all walks of life, and have experience of representing vulnerable clients where there have been, for example, allegations of domestic violence and rape. My clients value my sensitive, yet firm and pragmatic approach.