Mavis Amonoo-Acquah

 

Year of Call: 2013

Practice Group(s): Family

Portrait of Mavis Amonoo-Acquah

Education:
MA, Law, University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA)
Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School (London)

Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
Michael Hodge Scholarship, Inner Temple
Dean's Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Potts Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Practice Profile:
Background:
Mavis completed pupillage at a specialist family law chambers in London and worked within the Midlands circuit before joining chambers in 2016. As an advocate, she exudes an air of calm which helps to put clients at ease, whilst still maintaining a robust and thorough approach to each case within the courtroom.

Mavis is developing a practice across all areas of family law.

Public Law: Mavis has experience of complex public law proceedings. As an advocate, she has acted for parents, grandparents and Local Authorities and has assisted with appeals regarding leave to oppose adoption orders. Mavis has also worked on contested fact-finding hearings involving allegations of serious physical harm, fabricated induced illnesses, a failure to thrive and complex expert medical evidence. Mavis has a particular interest in public law cases involving physical harm and the law regarding placement, adoption and leave to oppose applications.

Private Law: Mavis has acted in the full range of hearings in Children Act disputes (including fact-finding and contested final hearings) and is familiar with cases involving domestic violence and surrogacy issues. She has particular interest in and is familiar with applications under the Hague Convention and the law regarding internal and international relocation and abduction. This interest and experience has led to Mavis obtaining successful outcomes in leave to remove applications. Mavis also has experience in dealing with a range of Family Law Act 1996 applications.

Ancillary relief: Mavis has experience across the full range of ancillary relief disputes including First Appointments, FDR hearings and contested final hearings. Mavis has also assisted on cases involving companies and claims under the Inheritance Act. Mavis has been instructed in contested divorce disputes and is also familiar with Schedule 1 applications and the law concerning the admissibility of foreign marriages and divorces in UK law.

Further Professional Information:
Prior to being called to the Bar, Mavis worked on UNICEF and UN-commissioned research projects regarding international child law while interning at Coram Children's Legal Centre. She also provided family law advice at South Westminster Legal Advice Centre, acted as a volunteer advocate before employment tribunals and as a neutral family law mediator during her LLM. Mavis also worked as a family law tutor for undergraduate students.

Membership:
Family Law Bar Association
Bar Pro Bono Unit (Panel Member)
Inner Temple

Interests:
Mavis enjoys musical theatre, travelling and teaching herself Spanish. Mavis has spent time as a volunteer English teacher in both South Korea and Peru.

Publications:
Placement and Adoption: if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. (June 2015 - Family Law Week) Click here to read the full article.