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Background

Artis Kakonge

Deputy Head of Family

Call: 2006

Artis Kakonge is a member of the Court of Protection and Family groups at No5 barristers chambers.

Expertise

Court of Protection

Artis is an experienced advocate before the Court of Protection and undertakes both health and welfare and property and financial affairs applications. She acts for individuals, local authorities, health bodies and the Official Solicitor.

Artis previously worked in local government representing the adult social care team in DOLS applications and advising Children’s Services on young people leaving care who lacked capacity around residence and care decisions.  She also represented Children with Disabilities Teams before the High Court, making applications for DOLS and restrictions on liberty.

Artis is particularly sensitive to the impact of dementia and other conditions leading to cognitive impairment on family members and caregivers. She regularly represents family members/caregivers seeking to make formal arrangements to manage the affairs of their loved ones.

Due to her established family law practice, she is particularly adept at dealing with cases where there is a crossover between family law and court of protection issues.

Her practice covers:

  • Cases concerning deprivation of liberty
  • Medical treatment
  • Best interests decisions involving young adults leaving the care system who lack capacity
  • Family members with dementia where an inter-family dispute has arisen, or residence is challenged
  • Applications by family members for contact
  • Non-consensual marriage
  • Contested applications to revoke a lasting power of attorney
  • Contested applications for the appointment or discharge of a deputy

Family

Artis has a broad family practice dealing with all aspects of relationship breakdown, child protection, domestic abuse and advising individuals and couples on how to start or grow their family through adoption and surrogacy. Artis also has an interest in the intersections between family law and education law, and addressing the challenges parents and carers obtaining appropriate provision for special educational needs.

Public Children

Artis spent a number of years in local government as a senior childcare advocate at Suffolk County Council, LB Barking & Dagenham, LB Islington, LB Brent and LGSS (covering Central Bedfordshire Council and Northamptonshire County Council). She represented children’s services at all levels of court in complex cases including non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, county lines, and secure accommodation. She has provided specialist advice to Children with Disabilities teams on applications for DOLs/restrictions of liberty and appeared in cases involving young persons before the COP. She has also managed her own caseload of care proceedings providing her with an in-depth understanding of the PLO and the workings of children’s services.

Private Law Children

Provides advice and representation to parents, stepparents, grandparents, and other concerned relatives seeking to make arrangements in the best interests of a child. She is also regularly instructed to represent rule 16.4 guardians including in complex cases involving alienating behaviours.

Her practice covers child arrangements, specific issue orders (name change, medical treatment, religion and schooling); private adoption and special guardianship applications; LGBTQIA family issues; fertility law and surrogacy; and domestic and international relocation.

Domestic Abuse

Provides representation in applications for domestic violence injunctions and occupation orders. She has provided training on Coercive and Controlling Behaviour and the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Finance

Artis is an experienced practitioner in financial remedies following divorce and regularly undertakes cases from modest to medium net worth cases involving companies and pensions. She also undertakes Schedule 1 applications. She is regularly instructed to represent clients with related children and finance matters.

International

Provides advice and representation to prospective adopters, local authorities/adoption agencies and guardians in international adoption cases including kafala adoptions and involving older children.

Provides representation in child abduction cases, applications to secure rights of access pursuant to Article 21 Hague Convention 1980 and wardship proceedings.

Notable Family Cases


A Local Authority v M & Ors [2022] EWHC 81

Suffolk CC v RD and others [2020] EWHC 323 (Fam)

A (A Child) (Rev 1) [2020] EWCA Civ 731

Re TY Adoption (Jamaica) [2019] EWHC 2979 (Fam)

Re A (A Child: Female Genital Mutilation: Asylum) [2019] EWHC 2475 (Fam)

H (Step-Parent Adoption: Human Rights), Re [2023] EWHC 3186 (Fam)

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No5 welcomes five new members to our Family Group based in London

No5 are delighted to announce that Rebekah Wilson (Call:1998), Christopher McWatters (Call: 2004), Davina Krishnan (Call: 2004), Artis Kakonge (Call:2006) and Nisha Bambhra (Call: 2011) have joined the Family Group from Garden Court Chambers. All…

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  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • CPBA
  • CoPPA
  • FLBA
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Resolution
  • CPBA
  • Executive MBA, Bayes Business School, City University
  • Bar Vocational Court, Inns of Court School of Law
  • LLM,  S.O.A.S., University of London
  • MSc Criminal Justice Policy,  L.S.E.
  • LLB, Oxford Brookes University

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No5 welcomes five new members to our Family Group based in London

No5 are delighted to announce that Rebekah Wilson (Call:1998), Christopher McWatters (Call: 2004), Davina Krishnan (Call: 2004), Artis Kakonge (Call:2006) and Nisha Bambhra (Call: 2011) have joined the Family Group from Garden Court Chambers. All…

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Clerk Team

Adam Wadley

Practice Director, Family

adamw@no5.com

07780 453079

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Monica Hussain

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

monicah@no5.com

Sophie Wright

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

sophiew@no5.com

Gugandeep Kooner

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

gugandeepk@no5.com

Paul Sams

Paul Sams

Family Clerk (Consultant)

pauls@no5.com

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