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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Sally Terris 1997

Sally Terris 1997

Diplock Scholar of the Middle Temple, Called 1997

MA (Cantab.) St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge (Exhibitioner)

Recommendations:

Legal 500 2016: ‘An expert in high-value family finance and TOLATA cases.’

Legal 500 2015: “A strong all-rounder; her practice includes high-value financial remedy cases and Children Act applications.”

Legal 500 2014: “a fearless cross-examiner.”

Legal 500 2013: “recommended for difficult cases involving children.”

Legal 500 2012: “covers the full spectrum of family law.”

Main areas of practice:

Trusts

Inheritance Act

Financial Orders on Divorce, including ‘third party’ interests

Children: Abduction, Adoption, Private law, Public law

Cohabitation

Domestic Violence

Foreign Marriages and Divorces

Landlord and Tenant

Sally is known for her straightforward, down-to-earth paper and conference advice, in complex cases; and for her fearless negotiation and cross-examination in court. She is a formidable courtroom advocate, and highly regarded as a practitioner and opponent. She is equally adept in her paperwork practice, and in mediation.

Sally practices in trusts and Inheritance Act cases, family (money and children), and in landlord and tenant. Understandably, she is much in demand for private clients, local authorities and public bodies including police and regulatory work; she also continues to act for meritorious publicly-funded parties, parents, children’s guardians and the Official Solicitor. She has a wealth of successful experience of acting for grandparents and other extended family members in care and private law Children Act cases.

Sally is a fine example of an advocate who masters the most complex of facts and evidence and always aims to explain them in easily understandable terms to her various lay clients. She is recommended as a ‘fighter’ in the UK Legal 500, where she has been listed for the past decade. She also prides herself on giving clear, realistic and reliable advice on terms of settlement.

Recent successes include: acting for a third party beneficiary in a complex divorce and trusts case where Sally’s pleadings and case summary brought about a concluded settlement in her elderly lay client’s favour, and the collapse of the divorce case at an early stage; representing the third party beneficiaries in a trusts and farms divorce case; fully representing a high-flying legal professional (and ancillary relief judge) in a middle money divorce case with allegations of gross misconduct; successfully representing the wife of a divorce lawyer in a middle money case; representing the beneficiary of a trust fund in a complex High Court contact and residence dispute; representing numerous lay clients under disabilities pursuant to the involvement of the Official Solicitor and/or the Court of Protection; representing grandparents in a long-running, complex care case where (despite the recommendations of the Children’s Guardian) the children concerned were placed with Sally’s lay clients on a special guardianship order; arguing for the rare discharge of a parental responsibility order, together with a highly unusual four-year Section 91(14) prohibition; gaining permission to appeal in a public law case on behalf of a parent on the gravest imaginable facts; giving a very carefully considered paper advice in a middle money divorce which enabled an elderly, frail lay client to make the right decision for her on full information.

Sally is instructed in a wide range of family trusts cases, including TOLATA, and ancillary relief matters. She is also very regularly briefed in Children Act cases. Many of Sally’s cases, both property and children, have a cultural or international element; and she is frequently asked for advice and representation in cases of third party interests, multiple properties and family businesses, farms and pensions.

Sally has acted in a number of high profile cases, in the High Court and Court of Appeal, where she is known for her courage, tenacity, plain-speaking and realism.

Sally has acted in a large number of care cases involving baby-shaking, fictitious and/or induced illness, personality disorders, complex and/or conflicting expert evidence and sexual abuse. She has extensive experience of difficult contact and residence applications including those involving a Rule 16 Children’s Guardian, and care cases involving complex medical issues.

Public law work includes assessments, attachment disorders, baby-shaking, conflicting expert evidence, complex radiological and/or neurological evidence, depression, domestic violence, fictitious and/or induced illness, learning disabled parents, ‘perpetrator’ cases, personality disorders and sexual abuse.

Extensive experience of difficult contact and residence disputes, including the appointment of a Children’s Guardian under Rule 16 and findings of fact in cases of alleged domestic violence.

Additional Information

Member of Specialist Associations: Family Law Bar Association, North Eastern Circuit, Doctors in Law, South & West Yorkshire Medico-Legal Societies, South Yorkshire Family Court Forum. Languages: French, German and Italian.

Interests

Professional Concert Singer.

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