Elliw Roberts

elliw roberts

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2009

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Elliw read Law at Manchester University and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2009. She practises in all areas of family law with a particular interest in matrimonial finance. Elliw has a developing interest in Court of Protection work.

Fully bi-lingual, Elliw is able to advise and conduct conferences and hearings in both Welsh and English.

Elliw was the winner of the prestigious Bracewell Essay Prize in 2011 (for her essay discussing Re SB (Children) (Care Proceedings: Standard of Proof) [2009] UKSC 17) and was the Northern Circuit Representative on the Young Barristers’ Committee in 2013-2014.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association

Twitter: @ElliwFfRoberts

Solicitor Recommendations

“Elliw is a confident, robust and well-prepared advocate. Elliw provides extremely high service levels for those who instruct her and has a reassuring, down-to-earth and personable approach with clients.”  Jenny Arnold, Ward Hadaway

“Elliw Roberts has shown herself to be a fastidious, robust yet sensitive counsel when dealing with private law family matters. She has a critical eye and her common sense approach and articulate and persuasive client and courtroom manner ensures the best possible outcomes for all of her clients.”  Helen Maguire, Slater & Gordon

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Elliw is a Family Law specialist. She is experienced in all areas of family law and regularly appears at all levels of the family court, including the High Court.

    Private Law

    Elliw has experience in a wide range of private law proceedings acting for parents, extended family members and children with party status. She has been involved in cases involving serious allegations of significant harm to children, international and internal relocation, removal to non-Hague countries and cases of implacable hostility.

    Elliw advises on issues of law and case management both in writing and in conferences and represents clients at all stages of the case and at all levels of the family court. She is regularly instructed to draft documents in the case including case summaries, skeleton arguments and applications for expert assessments.

    Elliw regularly delivers seminars on issues of private law and has recently lectured about ‘The impact of Re A (Intractable Contact Proceedings: Human Rights Violations) [2013] EWCA Civ 1104’.

    Elliw routinely receives instructions in relation to applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders acting for both the Applicant and the Respondent.

    Public Law

    Elliw regularly represents parents, children, interveners and Local Authorities in public law proceedings. She is instructed at all stages of the case from case management hearings, finding of fact hearings to final hearings and has appeared at all levels of the family court. She has been involved in cases where the child has suffered non-accidental injury, cases involving the death of a sibling, sexual abuse cases and cases where there has been media interest.

    Elliw advises on issues of law and case management both in writing and in conference and is regularly instructed to draft documents in the case including case summaries, threshold documents, skeleton arguments, applications for expert assessments and appeals.

    Elliw regularly delivers seminars on issues of public law and has recently lectured about ‘Designated Local Authority in Care Proceedings’ and ‘The impact of Re B-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146’.

    Elliw advises Local Authorities at Legal Gateway Meeting and Pre-Proceedings Meeting and she further receives instructions in the Crown Court with regard to Public Interest Immunity matters.

    H v A, 2014

    Successfully obtained a residence order and prohibited steps order preventing the father from removing the child to a non-Hague country.

    I v I, Appeal, 2014

    Successfully opposed the father’s appeal against a no contact order and the refusal of his application for parental responsibility in a case in which the child had suffered significant harm.

    R v W, 2014

    Successfully defeated an application for a prohibited steps order preventing the mother from moving with the child from Wales to England. Conducted part of the hearing in Welsh.

    R v R, 2013

    Successfully represented the father throughout proceedings and obtained a change of residence and a family assistance order in a case where the mother had been implacably hostile to contact between the father and the child. The case also involved allegations of sexual, physical and emotional harm to the child.

    WMBC –and- L, 2013

    Successfully argued for the rehabilitation of a child to the care of a vulnerable mother in a case involving notorious gang members in the Manchester area. The Local Authority and Guardian changed their care plan on the second day of the hearing following cross examination and reading the skeleton argument.

    BMBC –and- K, 2014

    Following two days of cross-examination, successfully applied Re B-S (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1146 and argued for an addendum psychological assessment and further social work assessment of the mother despite opposition from the psychologist, Local Authority and Guardian.

    LCC –and- G, 2013

    Represented the Local Authority in a complex case in which the child had been abandoned by the parents.
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  • Family - Finance

    Elliw is a Family Law specialist. She is experienced in all areas of family law and regularly appears at all levels of the family court, including the High Court.

    Elliw has a particular interest in matrimonial finance and regularly represents clients in cases where the assets are in excess of £1million. She regularly advises pre-hearing on settlements and strategy both in writing and in conference. She conducts hearings at all stages of the case including maintenance pending suits, freezing orders and applications for variation and enforcement. Elliw is regularly instructed to draft documents in the case, including questionnaires, skeleton arguments and consent orders and has experience in drafting pre/post nuptial agreements.

    She also has experience of dealing with proceedings between unmarried former co-habitants under TOLATA 1996 and financial proceedings under Schedule One of the Children Act 1989.

    Elliw regularly delivers seminars on issues of matrimonial finance and has recently lectured on ‘Preventing Disposals: The Guidance following UL v BK (Freezing Orders: Safeguards: Standard Examples) [2013] EWHC 1735 (Fam)’.

    E v R, 2014

    Successfully applied recent case law and argued in a farming case that the husband’s inheritance should be treated as non-matrimonial property as the wife’s needs were met without recourse to it.

    G v G, 2014

    Successfully defeated an application by the wife to rely on a post-nuptial agreement, the legitimacy of which was contested by the husband.

    M v K, 2014

    Advised the wife of a professional footballer in a case involving assets in excess of £1.5million. Drafted the proposals and, following agreement being reached, drafted the consent order.
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