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

Memberships

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
The Family Law Bar Association
Advocate (Bar Pro Bono)

Background

Prior to joining the Bar, Grace studied English at the University of Cambridge where she specialised in Medieval and American Literature. Grace joined Chambers in 2016 after receiving an Outstanding grade in her Bar Course. She has since developed a busy and varied family and civil practice.

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 also regularly acts for other family members and 16.4 Guardians.

She has represented clients in matters involving serious allegations of domestic abuse, including sexual abuse. She regularly conducts fact-finding hearings and has secured the findings sought on behalf of her client, including findings of coercive and controlling behaviour. She has also successfully represented clients facing serious allegations to ensure that no findings have been made.

Grace has a special interest in cases where all contact has broken down between a parent and a child and she is regularly instructed on cases involving parental alienation. Grace also has experience of cases involving children with mental health difficulties where a Part 25 expert has been appointed.

Grace has been successful at representing parents at multi-day final hearings, including those where robust cross-examination of Social Workers or CAFCASS is required.

Grace is particularly interested in alternative family structures and has a specialist interest in fertility law. She is keen to expand this area of her practice further.

Recent cases include:

    • Resisting an order for overnight contact on behalf of a mother at final hearing;
    • Successfully appealing a case management decision made by the lay justices;
    • Securing findings of parental alienation on behalf of a father at a fact-finding hearing;
    • Securing full findings of domestic abuse as sought by her client, including findings of rape, at a fact-finding hearing.

Children – Public Law

Grace particularly enjoys the multi-disciplinary approach of care work and she has a busy public law practice. Grace regularly represents Local Authorities, parents, extended family members and children via their Guardian.

Grace is familiar with representing vulnerable young parents, parents with addiction problems and parents facing allegations of seriously harming or neglecting a child. She is able to represent parties at all stages of care proceedings including at multi-day final hearings. She has experience of making successful Part 25 applications, including those for further assessment by an ISW or for a residential assessment.

Grace is able to give clear and robust advice, adapting her communication skills appropriately according to the client’s needs.

After undertaking CPD training to expand her knowledge of immigration law, Grace has a particular interest in the intersect between immigration and public law work. She has acted for clients in cases where immigration issues play a role and she is able to advise as to appropriate outcomes.

Matrimonial Finance

Grace has a growing matrimonial finance practice involving low to mid net worth cases. She is able to give clear advice as to appropriate settlement options and has secured favourable outcomes for clients at both FDR and Final Hearings. Grace is experienced at drafting succinct and persuasive position statements and written submissions.

Grace also accepts instructions in TOLATA and is happy to advise in conference or on papers.

Domestic Abuse

Grace represents 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.

Civil


      • General Civil
      • Personal Injury
      • Road Traffic Accidents
      • Inheritance Act

Grace acts for both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of civil matters with a particular focus on personal injury work. She has a busy practice across the scope of personal injury law including road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, liability of landlords and claims against local authorities.

In addition to regularly appearing in both Small Claims and Fast Track trials, Grace frequently produces written advices and pleadings to tight deadlines. She is able to advise on both liability and quantum adopting a careful and thorough approach. Grace is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate.

Grace is also able to advise on the prospects of success and quantification of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and she is keen to expand this area of her practice further.

Court of Protection


Grace’s practice in the fields of Family and Personal Injury Law have resulted in a developing interest in issues involving the Court of Protection. She welcomes instructions on cases which overlap with inheritance, wills and probate matters as well as those involving deprivation of liberty or consent to medical treatment issues.