Northern Return

Issue 20

Recent joiners to Trinity Chambers, barristers Kate Fenwick and Patrick Goodings, reflect on their move from the South Coast to the North East.

Having both practised as barristers on the South Coast for several years, Kate and Patrick decided to move to the North East and recently joined Trinity Chambers.

Kate and Patrick have joined Trinity’s Family and Matrimonial Finance Team, dealing with all aspects of family law, including Public and Private Children, Injunctions, Matrimonial Finance following divorce and cases involving vulnerable adults and the Court of Protection. Kate is an established trial advocate with significant courtroom experience and continues to develop her specialism in complex domestic violence cases. Equally, Patrick brings with him vast experience of conducting complex multi-day hearings, both in the public and private spheres. Kate and Patrick have experience of Human Rights Act claims, specifically in relation to child care proceedings involving Local Authorities.

Commenting on joining Chambers: “We are extremely proud to be members of Trinity as we view it as the premier barristers set in the North East. We have been excited about the challenge of relocating our practices to the North East and would like to thank everyone at Trinity, as well as Instructing Solicitors, for their support and friendly welcome. We have both been kept busy with complex multi-day final hearings and are grateful to the clerking team at Trinity Chambers and our new Instructing Solicitors for their confidence in us. We look forward to developing these relationships as time progresses.”

Whilst Kate was born and brought up in Monmouthshire, Patrick is originally from the North East of England. They both completed pupillage at a leading family law set on the South Coast of England, following which they became qualified barristers. For Patrick, the decision to join Trinity Chambers was one that he describes as “returning home”. Speaking about their move to the North East, Patrick said: “Living and working in North East is a pleasure. In terms of Newcastle, the architecture and restaurants are amazing. The only problem is being too tempted to eat out all the time! We regularly take our dogs out and most recently saw a pod of dolphins just off Bamburgh beach which was unbelievable. Kate is slowly adjusting to the temperature dip and has had some pease pudding, so I think she is well on the way to settling in. In all seriousness however, everyone we have met has been so accommodating and friendly. We are very much looking forward to our new lives here in the North East”.

Trinity Chambers, based in the historic Custom House on Newcastle’s Quayside and in Middlesbrough City Centre, is home to nearly 80 barristers. Recognised as a Tier 1 Set by a leading legal directory, the Legal 500 2016, Kate and Patrick have joined “a go-to set for family due to its strength of depth. The set is recommended for financial remedy and children cases with an international element.” Supporting endorsements for Trinity include: “easy to deal with and always high quality”; “always go the extra mile” and “first class”. The barristers at Trinity are instructed in a wide range of cases including Agriculture, Business, Costs, Property, Planning, Probate, Crime, Employment, Business Immigration, Court of Protection, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Licensing, Regulatory and Professional Discipline.

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