Christabel Fearon

Christabel Fearon

Call: 2014

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Christabel is a specialist family law practitioner with a strong interest in securing justice for each person she represents.

She remains mindful of the intense stress that litigation and the court process can generate for clients and is able to guide them smoothly through their case with timely advice and expertise.

Christabel is experienced in matrimonial finances cases, including property disputes domestically and overseas; contested deeds of trust; intervenor applications and all other aspects of matrimonial finance. Many of her cases involve disputes over the division of the family home in cases involving children. Christabel is committed to settling a case where that is fair; her negotiation skills with opponents have resulted in many hotly contested cases settling at court.

Christabel also specialises in private child contact cases at all stages. She effectively assists parents in finding a consensual plan for co-parenting outside of court where that is possible through her Direct Access work. If court has become unavoidable, Christabel advocates fearlessly for her clients and is deftly able to challenge unacceptable behaviours for her clients in court. Christabel’s children work includes child arrangement orders; fact-finding hearings; coercive and controlling behaviour; parental alienation and relocation by parents.

Before the Bar, Christabel worked on projects internationally including challenging Palestinian home demolitions with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem and against the death penalty in in New Orleans for the Capital Appeals Project. She was also recently a delegate on the Colombian Caravana, focusing on indigenous rights and the role of truth and reconciliation in the peace process, for which she jointly authored a report presented to the UN.

Christabel sits as a fee-paid Employment Judge and a Mental Health Tribunal Judge.

Christabel’s other interests include ultra-marathons (100km), Ju Jiitsu, creative writing and wheel-throwing pottery.

Interested in instructing Miss Fearon (nee McCooey)?

Please call 020 7353 6802 or complete the form below:

Family Barrister

Christabel has a busy practice in all family areas, including private law children, public law children and matrimonial finance. She is adept in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse.

Christabel has a particular specialisation in relocation cases, both inside and outside of the jurisdiction, successfully acting for both Applicant and Respondent.

She is reassuring and personable with clients, successfully negotiating with opposing counsel and litigants in person, as well as championing each client’s case in court to achieve their goal and the solution that is in the best interests of their children.

Areas of practice


Appointments


  • 2023-to date: First-Tier Tribunal Judge in the Employment Tribunal and First-Tier Tribunal Judge in the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Trustee for Oasis Community Learning

Education & Qualifications


  • University of Bristol, First Class Honours, LLB with Study Abroad in Singapore
  • National University of Singapore, the Faculty of Law
  • Member of Inner Temple
  • BPTC at BPP Holborn, specializing in Judicial Review and International Crime

Memberships


  • The Criminal Bar Association
  • The Family Law Bar Association
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Amicus Death Penalty Project
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Various Publications with the Justice Gap
  • INQUEST
  • Grade 2 Prosecutor

 

Recognition


Nominated for Rising Star and Barrister of the Year for the Women in Law Awards 2020

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