Tara has been in practice for nearly 25 years. She started her life at the bar as a general common law practitioner. Tara continues as a civil practitioner specialising in personal injury, clinical negligence, family law and court of protection work. This is a busy mix that provides her with a good balance of advisory work and advocacy. Before specialising she had many years’ experience in the criminal courts and undertook fraud work. Tara has considerable advocacy experience and is skilled in calling and cross-examining professional witnesses of all disciplines. Tara is recognised as being a leading barrister in Chambers UK and the Legal 500, the two main guides to the legal profession.
The crossover in Tara's practice well places her to represent clients in Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims and abuse claims for example. Tara is used to dealing with vulnerable clients. Professional clients know her to be approachable and understanding with a diligent and sensible approach to cases.
Tara is also able to be instructed directly by members of the public without them first instructing a solicitor (Direct Access).
Tara regularly lectures and provides professional witness training.
She is well used to working remotely receiving briefs and papers in electronic form. She has conducted many hearings remotely by telephone and using video platforms and is able to hold conferences remotely. Tare has undergone remote access training by the FLBA.
She holds a Briefed Quality Mark Certification for Barristers 2019 and is fully compliant with GDPR regulations.
Tara sits on Chambers Management Committee.
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Tara is a well-respected member of the family bar and has been recognised in Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading barrister in this field. This is a particular achievement as Tara is a dual practitioner, also practising at a high level in the field of personal injury. She is particularly known for the complex public law work she undertakes, instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents and children's guardians.
Many of her cases involve children who have allegedly suffered serious non-accidental injuries involving complicated multi-disciplinary medical issues including causation. Tara’s PI practice means that she is particularly skilled in cases involving complicated medical issues. She also undertakes cases involving alleged sexual abuse and has considerable experience in conducting radicalisation cases. Tara is meticulous and thorough in the written and oral preparation of all of her cases, the outcome of which have profound and often long term importance for the parties involved. She is a skilled and tenacious advocate.
Tara has acted in many cases involving suspected Non Accidental Injuries involving serious skull and eye injuries and limb and rib fractures.
Tara is a member of the Family Law Bar Association and the Association of Lawyers for Children.
Tara is regularly instructed on behalf of families who have suffered bereavement for example as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work including asbestos related deaths, representing them sensitively at such difficult times.
Tara also acts on behalf of Local Authorities and Health Care Providers.
Court of Protection:
Tara is a senior member of the Court of Protection team and receives instructions from both local authorities and protected parties in relation to hearings concerning capacity, best interest, welfare and property and affairs decisions.
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence:
Tara has a wide ranging multi-track practice including public liability and employers’ liability claims, claims arising from road traffic accidents and Animals Act claims. Her employers' liability practice encompasses accidents at work, RSI claims and other industrial disease claims. Tara has a particular interest in accidents abroad requiring consideration of European law and jurisdictional issues and regularly lectures and writes about this these subjects.
Tara co-authored the initial editions of MIB claims: Practice and Procedure under the 1999 Agreement and has particular expertise in claims involving the MIB under the Untraced Drivers Agreement aswell as the Uninsured Agreement.