Grace Wright

Barrister

Called 2016

Qualifications
Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding) – BPP
Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – BPP
MA Hons, English (First Class) – Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Scholarships
Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarship – Gray’s Inn
Birkenhead Award – Gray’s Inn
Excellence Award – BPP
Foundation Scholarship – Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Background

Grace was called to the Bar in 2016 after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ grade in her Bar Professional Training Course. Prior to that, Grace read English at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a first class degree.

During her Bar course, Grace volunteered as an advisor at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau where she worked with vulnerable clients, including those with communication difficulties and mental health problems. Grace incorporates this experience into her court work and prides herself on her compassionate client care.

Grace is happy to accept instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work.

Civil


Grace gained a broad exposure to civil work under the supervision of Tim Jacques. Grace has a thorough grounding in drafting particulars of claim, defences and advices in the following areas:

  • Personal injury liability and quantum.
  • Claims under the Inheritance Act.
  • Land and property disputes.
  • Infant settlements.

Grace is regularly instructed in:

  • RTA claims.
  • Infant approvals.
  • Stage 3 hearings.
  • Relief from sanctions applications.
  • Landlord and tenant disputes.

Crime


Grace appears regularly in the Crown Court both defending and prosecuting as a CPS Level 1 Prosecutor. She has also been instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of Local Authorities, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Royal Mail Group. She is experienced at defending clients in the Magistrates’ Court and has successfully argued ‘exceptional hardship’ and ‘special reasons’ on many occasions.

Grace particularly enjoys prison work and has represented clients in adjudications and parole board hearings.
Recent experience includes:

  • Crown Court appeals, mentions, bail applications, PTPHs and committals for sentence.
  • Successfully arguing exceptional hardship for ‘totter’ clients.
  • Successfully arguing against driving disqualification in high speed cases.
  • Youth sentencing.

Grace is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare and welcomes instructions, both prosecuting and defending, in relation to animal offences.

Family


  • Children – private law
  • Children – public law
  • Matrimonial finance
  • Domestic abuse

Children – Private Law
Grace has assisted many parents in complex disputes over both residence and child contact. She can represent clients in FHDRAs, DRAs, fact finds and Final Hearings. Recent cases include securing direct contact for a parent with mental health difficulties and achieving the contact plan proposed by a non-resident father at Final Hearing. Grace also has experience representing the children through a Rule 16.4 Guardian.

Children – Public Law
Grace particularly enjoys the multi-disciplinary approach of care work and she is keen to accept instructions in this area. Grace has experience representing Local Authorities, parents and children via their Guardian. She is happy to step in at short notice to cover urgent applications.

Grace’s recent experience includes representing vulnerable young parents, parents with addiction problems and parents facing allegations of seriously harming or neglecting a child. She is familiar with representing parties at all stages of care proceedings.

Matrimonial Finance
Grace has a growing matrimonial finance practice involving low to mid net worth cases. She regularly represents clients at all stages of proceedings. She also has experience in representing clients involved in committal proceedings in the family court.

Grace accepts instructions in TOLATA and is happy to advise in conference or on papers on all aspects of family finance.

Domestic Abuse
Grace has represented clients at all stages of proceedings for both non-molestation orders and occupation orders, including cases involving serious allegations of financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Grace’s recent work in this area has involved securing occupation orders following contested final hearings and multi-day non-molestation order final hearings. Grace regularly deals with cases which involve an overlap between domestic abuse and private children’s proceedings.
Grace has had a family law article published in a Gray’s Inn magazine on fertility law and this is a niche interest area that she would like to develop further.

Immigration


Grace can represent Appellants before the First-Tier Tribunal in human rights appeals and appeals against deportation. She is interested in the intersect between immigration and family work and is keen to expand on this area of her practice.