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Nathaniel
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Nathaniel Garner

Called 2013

Nathaniel is a specialist family practitioner and accepts instructions in all areas of Family Law, with a particular emphasis on matters involving children. He is experienced in public and private children work and is fast developing a workload comprising a healthy mixture of multi-day hearings and cases requiring more unusual intellectually challenging thought and analysis.

Nathaniel prides himself on his personable and straightforward approach.

“I have no words to express my gratitude towards you”

Client at the conclusion of a lenghty fact-finding hearing.
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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Family: Children
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Nathaniel is a popular choice of solicitors in cases involving children. He is reliable, approachable and ‘goes the extra mile’ for his lay and professional clients. 

In care proceedings, Nathaniel represents parents, local authorities, children and extended family members. He is particularly adept at representing vulnerable clients and has been instructed on numerous occasions through the Official Solicitor. As well as being instructed in interim hearings, finding of fact hearings and final hearings, Nathaniel’s practice also includes applications for secure accommodation orders, applications to discharge care orders and applications for leave to oppose adoption orders. 

Nathaniel also acts on behalf of children, parents and extended family members in private law proceedings, including complex finding of fact hearings. He is happy to be instructed from the FHDRA hearing through to the DRA and if it proves necessary, the final hearing. 

Nathaniel also accepts instructions in applications under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. He appears on behalf of applicants and respondents in applications for non-molestation and/or occupation orders. 

Family: Property & Finance
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In financial remedy proceedings, Nathaniel is regularly instructed to appear in applications, First Appointments, FDRs, final hearings and appeal hearings.

Recommendations
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Legal 500 (2021) Rising Star (Child Law: Public and Private) - Band 1

Has an admirable ability to see the wood from the trees. Is charismatic and gets on very well with the clients. Prepares each case as if it was his last. A young advocate with bags of knowledge and fight.

Notable Cases
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Public Law Children

-    Re B (A Child) [2017] EWFC B11 - Nathaniel represented the Local Authority in a composite final hearing involving allegations of inflicted injury.

-    Re W [2018] - counsel for the Local Authority in a 10 day High Court case involving serious neglect. The parents had significant learning needs.

-    Re P [2018] - junior Local Authority counsel in a High Court case involving the death of a baby. There was conflicting medical evidence relating to the likely cause of the child’s death.

-    Re C [2019] - junior counsel for the intervenor in a High Court case involving numerous injuries that were inflicted on a child. The case involved complex medical evidence. The expert odontological evidence was successfully challenged and the intervenor was not included in the ‘pool of perpetrators’ for any of the injuries.

-    Re L [2019] - counsel for a parent in a case involving extensive bruising to two children. After cross-examination of an expert, Nathaniel successfully argued that it could not be said that the bruises were inflicted intentionally.

-    Y (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 2209 (12 December 2019) - An interesting case concerning a dispute as to designation of a local authority. The Mother was peripatetic and regularly moved with the child around different local authorities and to different jurisdictions prior to the issue of proceedings.                                                                                

 

Private Law Children

-    Re B [2018-2019] - Nathaniel represented a father who was alleged to have sexually abused his two children. After a 4 day finding of fact hearing, the allegations made against Nathaniel’s client were found to be unproven. The children now live in the same household as their father.

-    Re L [2018] - for around a year, Nathaniel represented a mother through the Official Solicitor in her application for a child arrangements order. The case concluded with a favourable outcome for all involved.

 

Domestic violence

- U v U [2016] - 4 day final hearing involving allegations of serious physical, including sexual, violence.

Articles & Publications
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Lack of secure accommodation - “blood on our hands” - Family Law, Lexis Nexis - 23.10.2017

Lectures
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Nathaniel regularly delivers lectures at Chambers’ events.

Personal Details
Education

BPTC - Very Competent - BPP Law School, Leeds (graded Outstanding in Family Law module) 

Law (LL.B) - First Class Honours - University of Leeds (ranked in top 2% of year group)

Professional Associations

Inner Temple

Family Law Bar Association

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