Dr Proudman represented the mother whom is a complainant of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour at an open court hearing this week. The trial judge had incorrectly applied criminal law principles to family proceedings, for example, assault, battery and self-defence. The trial judge’s judgment was set aside. The Mother’s allegations will be heard at a fresh hearing. This is in fact the Mother’s second appeal in family proceedings. Both appeals have been successful. The first appeal was against a family court order limiting the Mother to one allegation of domestic abuse at a fact-finding hearing. This was successfully appealed and the Mother was permitted to rely on several allegations. The appeal decision is likely to be published on bailii.
Related barristers: Dr Charlotte Proudman