Cara Radford

I joined Chambers after successful completion of my pupillage in October 2019. I am now developing a busy practice, working with clients in relation to Children Act, Family Law Act and civil matters.

Within family law, I have assisted clients with private law children matters from first hearings, through to final hearings. I am also experienced in non-molestation and occupation order applications, as well as fact finds where there have been allegations of domestic abuse.

I value the opportunity to be able to spend time building relationships with clients and to work with them throughout the Court process as I understand how daunting the unfamiliar process can be to some. I also know that it is reassuring to work with the same person throughout as they will have an understanding of the background of the matter.

Within civil law, I regularly represent clients and insurers in small claim and fast-track hearings; including road traffic accidents and non-payment of debts. I also have experience of handling possession claims on behalf of landlords and Local Authorities.

My clients appreciate my attention to detail and my ability to assimilate information quickly and put it across in a way that is understandable, which is particularly important when working on a DPA basis.

Before commencing pupillage, I undertook pro bono work for City Law School’s Family Advice Scheme which assists litigants in person who cannot afford representation, with everything from the completion of Court forms through to representation. During this time, I also taught debating in schools and prisons, including Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Both these experiences helped me to understand how to best approach different situations, as well as ensuring any ‘jargon’ is explained clearly and concisely.

Private Law (Child Arrangements Programme)

I frequently appear in applications made by parents for either Child Arrangements Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders or both. I have represented clients at each stage of proceedings and am happy to accept instructions at any stage; however, the earlier I am instructed, the better able I am to help. I work with clients to try and resolve matters but if required, will remain with a case until matters are concluded at final hearing.

Within such applications, there is always scope for negotiations to take place between parties. I have experience with and am confident in conducting such negotiations. With the experience of having held negotiations before, I am often able to propose alternative arrangements that all parties are happy with to find a way forward and bring matters to a close as early as possible.

Property and Land Law

I regularly represent clients in residential possession proceedings. I have been instructed by both private landlords and Local Authorities and have successfully represented both in order to achieve possession of their properties. I have made successful submissions on both mandatory and discretionary grounds.

My clients appreciate my ability of being able to explain the law and procedure clearly, combined with the fact that I approach cases with an understanding of both the emotions that may be involved but also, the practical aspects at play within Court action.