Daniel Currie

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 01244 323070

Year of call: 2019

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Daniel joined St John’s Buildings as a tenant in October 2020 following the completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Neil Owen-Casey. Daniel’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law and the Court of Protection.

Daniel has completed the FLBA’s Advocacy and the Vulnerable course. He is a Qualified Legal Professional for the purpose of undertaking cross examination of vulnerable witnesses.

Education

  • BA Law, University of Oxford
  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University

Awards

  • Gray’s Inn Lord Justice Holker Scholarship
  • BPP University Programme Leader’s Award

Memberships

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Wales and Chester Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)

Expertise

  • Family - Children

    Public Law

    In public law, Daniel represents parents, children (directly and via their guardian), intervenors and local authorities at all stages of proceedings. Daniel regularly drafts documents such as skeleton arguments and threshold documents. He has experience representing vulnerable clients with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties. Daniel appears in the High Court in his own right and as a led junior.

    Daniel has acted in cases involving factual issues such as historic and ongoing sexual abuse of children, honour-based violence and non-accidental injuries, including brain injuries. He has experience in cases involving complex medical evidence, expert testimony, and phone records. Daniel has particular experience of proceedings involving international elements, including placement outside the jurisdiction.

    Daniel has a developing practice in matters relating to deprivation of liberty and secure accommodation. Daniel has represented clients on appeal and has been instructed to draft submissions to the Court of Appeal. He has acted in matters involving complex legal issues such as the exercise of the parens patriae jurisdiction of the High Court and is available to advise on matters of law.

    Private Law

    Daniel represents all parties, including parents, grandparents, wider family members and children in private law matters, including before the High Court. He has conducted matters involving complex issues such as implacable hostility, improper retention of a child after contact, parental alienation, domestic abuse and sexual assault. Daniel has experience of cases with an international element, including child abduction and applications to remove a child from the jurisdiction. He has an interest in matters involving the acquisition and termination of parental responsibility and has conducted and advised upon matters involving such issues.

    Cases

    A Local Authority v H

    Daniel successfully represented the local authority as a second junior appearing against leading counsel in a matter which involved a number of complex issues. The matter was protracted and involved coached and coerced allegations of sexual abuse against a parent, placement outside the jurisdiction, abduction of a child from foster care, media scrutiny, and vigilantism by an online campaign group. During the course of the case, Daniel advised on a range of issues, such as application to limit a parent’s participation in care proceedings.

    D v A Local Authority

    Daniel recently represented the respondent local authority in a two-day hearing before Mr Justice Francis in the High Court, successfully seeking dismissal of the parents’ application for discharge of care orders in respect of a large sibling group. This was a complex case with a long history of High Court proceedings, involving children who suffered from very rare medical conditions. Daniel successfully sought dismissal of the parents’ application and section 34(4) and 91(14) orders at an interim stage.

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  • Family - Finance

    Daniel has acted in family finance and divorce matters to FDR and final hearing. His cases have involved complex issues such as limited life expectancy of one of the parties. He is available to advise on matters and draft documents within proceedings. Daniel has observed and assisted with family finance proceedings of a range of complexity during the course of his pupillage and thereafter, from needs cases to high value matters involving significant assets and business interests. He is keen to develop his practice in financial remedy matters.

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  • Court of Protection

    Daniel has experience of Court of Protection matters in welfare and in property and finance. During his pupillage, Daniel assisted with complex cases relating to the capacity to consent to sexual relations and the use of the internet.

    In his own practice, Daniel has conducted welfare matters such as section 16 and 21A MCA 2005 disputes. Daniel is instructed to act on behalf of local authorities, P and intervenors. Daniel has been instructed in matters involving complex capacity disputes and serious allegations against his client, including a matter in which his client was accused of attempting to murder P.

    Daniel is available to advise upon matters relating to the Court of Protection. Daniel has advised upon disputes as to local authority designation and has experience drafting opinions in relation to property and finance disputes.

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