Theo is regularly instructed by local authorities, parents and the children’s guardian in public law proceedings involving substance abuse, neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse and inflicted injury.
Theo advises and acts from the initial stages of public law cases (EPO/ICO) through to Fact Finding and Welfare Final Hearings. He is comfortable appearing in applications under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, and in applications for locating and recovering missing or abducted children.
Theo has a particular interest in cases with an international element and appears in proceedings for Forced Marriage Protection Orders in the High Court.
In the private family sphere, Theo represents parties in financial proceedings, applications for Child Arrangement Orders, and for non-molestation, occupation and transfer of tenancy orders.
An ability to identify and focus on only strictly relevant matters, combined with a straight-talking, approachable manner, makes him appealing to lay-clients, professional clients and tribunals alike.
Theo is actively looking to expand his Court of Protection practice. He was recently instructed by a Local Authority to appear in a complex case involving parallel proceedings under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and alleged misappropriation of P’s funds.
Notable Family and COP cases
MPS v Bile & Ors  EWHC 1868
Instructed by the Metropolitan Police in an application for Forced Marriage Protection Order. After just 3 months of practice, he was praised by Holman J [at 14] for his “skilled, measured approach” to the application at final hearing.
Re. O 
Representing a Local Authority in proceedings involving contested allegations of inflicted injuries, pool of perpetrator issues and fluctuating capacity of a party.
H v T  (Fact-Finding)
Instructed on behalf of the Applicant Father in in a 2-day fact-finding involving allegations of rape and forced miscarriage. Theo secured a compromise on the factual nexus at trial excluding any such findings. Subsequently resisted an application by the Respondent to re-open the fact-finding process on the basis of further allegations of sexual violence.
Re. M  (Fact-Finding)
Represented the Local Authority at a 7-day fact-finding hearing involving inflicted facial injuries. There were no witnesses to the assault, the child was unable to give a detailed account and her parents denied involvement. Theo secured findings of inflicted injury and failure to protect.
Re. E  (Deprivation of Liberty)
Theo represented the Local Authority in this application under the inherent jurisdiction. P suffered Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, which progressed so as to leave permanent brain injury, with psychological and behavioural damage. The argument surrounded the extent to which P’s parents could provide consent and the minority dicta in Re D (A Child)  UKSC 42.