Called in 2013
LL.B Law, First Class, University of Hull (2012)
BPTC, Very Competent, Manchester Metropolitan University (2013)
Scholarships & Awards
Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Dean’s Award for Highest Performance in Civil Litigation on BPTC
Dean’s Award for Highest Performance in Criminal Litigation on BPTC
OUP Prize for Transnational Commercial Law
Kyle principally practises in family law, with an emphasis on children cases. He also has a keen interest in Court of Protection (health and welfare). These fields complement each other, and Kyle has been regularly instructed in cases where the two touch upon one another.
Kyle approaches all his cases in an empathetic manner and strives to understood the difficult predicament in which clients find themselves if they are in, or anticipating using, the family courts or the Court of Protection. He acknowledges that parties are likely to be facing the most challenging periods in their lives will do his utmost to ensure that this difficult and challenging process is made as manageable as possible.
Kyle regularly blogs on issues of mental health as they arise in the family courts and Court of Protection, and his blog can be accessed at www.mentalhealthbarrister.com.
Kyle is authorised under the public access scheme to receive instructions directly from clients without the need to go via a solicitor.
Since starting practice, Kyle has had extensive experience acting in children cases. Kyle’s main area of interest is public proceedings and he has acted for both local authorities and parents at all stages of proceedings, including contested final hearings.
Kyle has acted in cases which include serious alleged non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and chronic neglect.
Kyle regularly represents vulnerable parties and has been instructed by the official solicitor on a number of occasions, including for a mother at a final hearing where the local authority was seeking placement orders and relying on the mother’s mental health difficulties as a threshold issue. His knowledge of Court of Protection issues complements his work with vulnerable parents well, and he had been described by solicitors as ‘going above and beyond what is expected of counsel’.
Kyle has extensive experience in the arguments raised and the issues which arise when concerned with an application under the inherent jurisdiction for authorisation to deprive a child of its liberty in the family courts, as well as in cases where the local authority seek orders due to profound mental health difficulties of children.
In addition to his public law practice, Kyle often acts in private children disputes. He has acted at all stages through to final hearings, including fact findings. He has acted in cases of intractable opposition, and has a good grasp on international issues.
Court of Protection
Kyle has been instructed in the Court of Protection and has experience in DoLS challenges and best interest decision making. He accepts instructions from all parties, including other interested parties.
His interest in issues of mental health and capacity extend beyond his cases and he regularly blogs on issues more broadly.
Finance & Cohabitation
As well as his children practice, Kyle acts in cases which involve the division of assets following the breakdown of relationship. Kyle approaches these cases with utmost discretion, understanding that they can be very intrusive.
Kyle has particular experience in cohabitation disputes. Prior to coming to the Bar, he had extensive experience in property litigation working at a niche firm of solicitors dealing exclusively with property matters. This experience, coupled with his family practice, means he is well placed to deal with these matters.
Landlord & Tenant, and Property
Prior to coming to the Bar, Kyle worked for a highly regarded firm of solicitors with a niche property, and landlord and tenant litigation practice. As such, he is conversant in these areas, and more specifically forfeiture disputes and service charge determinations.
Whilst in pupillage, Kyle was supervised by Archie Maddan and so he has a thorough knowledge of HMO licensing law. Kyle has acted for both local authorities and landlords in HMO disputes in both the civil and criminal jurisdictions.
Kyle maintains a paper practice in these areas and is happy to settle pleadings, or give advice.
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