Maxine Best

Called 2013

She is a rising star.

Chambers & Partners 2022

About

Maxine has developed a specialist family practice and accepts a broad range of instructions across the family law spectrum, with a particular focus on matters relating to children. She recently received recognition in Chambers & Partners 2022 as a growing expert in children law matters.

Maxine prides herself on her client-centred approach, both with the lay client and the professional client. She always ensures the lay client fully understands the process before a hearing and the outcome following it. She is able to offer a tenacious and dynamic advocacy style, combined with empathy and compassion in order to achieve the best result for her client.

As a hard-working and approachable advocate, Maxine maintains a high-quality service throughout her involvement.

At present, Maxine is on maternity leave. She will return to work in March 2022, when she will continue accepting instructions in children law matters.

Areas of Expertise

Accolades

Maxine is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents and children in the High Court, Family Proceedings Court and County Court. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Public Law Children (care proceedings including interim, directions, finding of fact and final hearings)
  • Private Law Children (including Child Arrangements Order and relocation applications)

In particular, Maxine receives instructions in cases involving serious child protection issues including non-accidental injury and child sexual abuse. These cases often involve advising on the evidential quality of abuse allegations and performing cross-examination based on ABE interviews of children. Maxine has also recently worked on cases involving child death.

Maxine is frequently instructed at the early stage of proceedings in order to advise on case management issues, however she is also capable of quickly getting to grips with a case towards the latter stages of proceedings in preparation for a contested hearing.

Legal 500 (2022) (Child Law: Public and Private) - Tier 4: ‘Maxine is very thorough in her work and leaves no stone unturned. Her manner in dealing with lay and professional clients is exceptional.’

Chambers & Partners (2022) - Up and Coming:  “Maxine can be trusted with the most difficult cases and clients.” “She is a rising star.” “She is hugely impressive and has a presence beyond her years.”

Legal 500 (2021) Rising Star (Child Law: Public and Private) - Band 1Miss Best is an impressive junior and comes across as far more competent and experienced than her year of call suggests. Miss Best is always extremely well prepared, her advocacy and written work is of very high quality and she has a real knack of grasping the facts quickly and getting to the heart of the case.

Association of Lawyers for Children

Inner Temple

North Eastern Circuit

Family Law Bar Association

Re BH (A Child: Human Rights Act: Injunction) [2017] EWFC 15 - representing the maternal great-aunt seeking to prevent the local authority removing the 2 year old child from her care, notwithstanding the child was the subject of a final care order in favour of the local authority.

Re: R, 2019 – Maxine acted for a 15-year old whose sister alleged she had suffered sexual abuse perpetrated by their Father, which was denied by Maxine’s client. This case necessitated a Re W application and considerable disclosure from online teenage chatrooms.

Re: B, 2019 – Maxine represented the Mother in her application for injunctive proceedings to prevent the LA removing her child under the Care Order. Maxine secured judgment in favour of the Mother against the recommendations of professionals.

Re: B&V, 2019 – Maxine represented the Local Authority in a case that involved serious allegations of child sexual abuse made by a teenager against her male foster carer.

Re: LW, 2018 - Maxine acted as junior Counsel to Clare Garnham for the Local Authority in a 4-week case involving serious allegations of inflicted injury and the death of a child.

Re: K, 2018 - Maxine acted for the Father in care proceedings alleged to have caused physical harm to five children, resulting in one child sustaining a fractured arm. The hearing necessitated a Re W application and the cross-examination of a 15 year old child. Maxine achieved judgment in the Father’s favour for his three biological children to be returned to his care.

Re: M, 2018 - Maxine acted for the Local Authority in both the finding of fact hearing and welfare stage of the proceedings. The issues were allegations of inflicted injury to a child by shaking and other non-accidental injury, including rib and wrist fractures allegedly inflicted.

Re: S-F, 2018 - Maxine acted for the Father in a 20+ day fact-finding hearing and subsequent welfare proceedings, facing allegations of physical & emotional harm & neglect. Satellite litigation was regularly interposed throughout the hearing to deal with issues of parental recordings of professionals, breach of exclusion orders, permission to withhold contact between the parents and a child, interim removal application in respect of a 15 year old subject child, contact applications for adult siblings and allegations of dissemination of confidential information to the public.

Re: A, 2017 - Maxine acted for the Mother in a private law application for relocation of the Mother with the child to Scotland. This was opposed by the Father and a finding of fact hearing was conducted. Maxine achieved judgment in favour of the Mother who was granted permission to relocate with the child.

“Identification of Perpetrators in care proceedings: a legal round-up” August [2019] Fam Law, 935

Maxine regularly attends and speaks at seminars on matters of both Children Law and Matrimonial Finance.

  • June 2019 - Public Law Update - Speaker
  • May 2019 - Financial Remedy Update - Speaker
  • April 2019 - Identification of Perpetrators - Speaker
  • October 2018 - ABE; Achieving Best Evidence - How to Avoid the Potholes and Pitfalls - Speaker
  • November 2017 - Worldwide Freezing Orders and the dangers of Without Notice Applications - Speaker
  • November 2017 - Annual Finance Seminar - Speaker
  • March 2017 - Relocation, relocation, relocation - Speaker

Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), BPP Law School Geography BA (First Class Honours), Newcastle University