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Heather Popley

Call: 2003

"Heather is a very strong advocate, she is well prepared, personable and makes herself available."

Chambers UK 2024

"Heather is excellent, her preparation and paperwork is outstanding and she brings with her a lovely manner and compassion towards the clients."

Chambers UK 2024

"She is an excellent advocate with great attention to detail in both advocacy and written work."

Chambers UK 2024

"Heather is a very strong and passionate advocate. She is well-prepared and thorough. She has excellent client care skills and provides detailed attendance notes post-hearing."

Legal 500 2024

"Heather has incredible attention to detail and is very tenacious. Heather is an excellent advocate. She handles the most complex cases. She provides high levels of client care."

Chambers UK 2023

Heather Popley is a family law practitioner, with a focus on matters involving children.

Expertise

Family

Heather practices the following areas:

Private Law Children

Heather has extensive experience of private law children cases involving complex issues, including “parental alienation” and intractable contact disputes; fact findings, such as those involving allegations of domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse; removal out of the jurisdiction, and internal and international relocation.

Heather provides written advice in all areas of her family practice along with other written work, such as skeleton arguments, Scott Schedules, threshold documents and submissions. She appears regularly in the Family Court and High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Heather is sensitive to the needs of each individual party she represents, rigorously putting their position, whilst providing clear and practical advice having regard to the overall circumstances of each case. She has experience working with clients who are vulnerable, and parties with learning difficulties requiring a litigation friend to be appointed, including cases involving the appointment of the Official Solicitor.

Public Law Children

Heather represents local authorities, parents, other relatives and children’s guardians in care proceedings, including Special Guardianship, placement and adoption applications, secure accommodation orders and deprivation of liberty applications.

Heather has experience of cases involving serious allegations of sexual abuse (including child sexual exploitation); non-accidental injury including brain injury, multiple fractures, suffocation; factitious or fabricated illness; chronic neglect; and domestic abuse.

Heather is experienced in dealing with cases that have concurrent criminal proceedings and issues regarding disclosure that may arise. She often appears in complex cases involving vulnerable witnesses and applications necessitating Re W arguments and ground rules hearings.

Notable Family Cases


Re M [2023] EWFC 17

A v B [2022] EWHC 3238 (Fam)

Re T (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1210

BCC v Riaz et al [2014] EWHC 4247 (Fam)

Related News, Resources and Events

News


Private Children Family Law Seminar at the Malmaison Birmingham yesterday.

No5 Family Group would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Private Children Seminar at Malmaison, Birmingham on 14th March 2024. Talks were provided…

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No5 Chambers Enters Teams Into The Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal Walks

No5 Chambers has entered three teams into this years Legal Walks across the UK. The 10km sponsored walks around Birmingham, London and Leicester help to…

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"Heather is a strong advocate who works hard to ensure her clients interests are carefully represented. She is persuasive and articulate. She is popular and respected by her peers as well as the local judiciary. She communicates well and her client care is excellent."


  • LL.B. (Hons)
  • Called to the Bar 2003 Gray’s Inn
  • FLBA Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training
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Related News, Resources and Events

News


Private Children Family Law Seminar at the Malmaison Birmingham yesterday.

No5 Family Group would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Private Children Seminar at Malmaison, Birmingham on 14th March 2024. Talks were provided…

Uncategorised


No5 Chambers Enters Teams Into The Birmingham, London and Leicester Legal Walks

No5 Chambers has entered three teams into this years Legal Walks across the UK. The 10km sponsored walks around Birmingham, London and Leicester help to…

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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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