Asha Pearce-Groves


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Call 2013 (Inner Temple)
Qualifications College of Law BPTC- Outstanding, University of Birmingham LLB Law with French – First class honours with distinction in spoken French, Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris – Certificat de droit (Certificate of French Law) Mentions assez bien
Awards 2012 Honourable Society of the Inner Temple- Ashworth Scholarship, major Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award

Expertise


Asha is developing a busy practice covering a wide range family law including: public law proceedings, private children and proceedings in respect of domestic abuse.

Public Law

Asha welcomes instructions on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, Children’s Guardians and extended family members at all stages of proceedings. She has valuable experience from working in the Children’s Services Legal Department of a Local Authority in the South West prior to pupillage. During this time she was involved in the case management of a variety of care cases as well as private law cases in which the Local Authority had become involved. Asha conducted a number of hearings and advocates meetings for the Local Authority. Asha also gained experience in working with adults with learning disabilities in her role as a volunteer advocate for the charity Advocacy Matters prior to practising at the Bar.

Private Law

She is regularly instructed in private law proceedings from the initial stages through to final hearings. She has a particular interest in cases involving allegations of abuse and neglect given her local authority experience. She also has experience of protracted and implacable disputes and cases involving the appointment of guardians.

Domestic Violence

Asha frequently appears in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders, from the initial ex parte stage through to contested final hearings. Prior to practising at the Bar, Asha volunteered for the National Centre for Domestic Violence frequently representing clients on applications for non molestation, occupation and prohibited steps orders.

 

Practice Overview

Asha is a specialist family law barrister with a focus on all aspects of child law. She is developing a busy practice and accepts instructions in a wide range of family law matters including:

  • Public child law
  • Private child law
  • Injunctive relief under Part IV Family Law Act 1996
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders under the Crime and Security Act 2010
  • Proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court
  • International Child Abduction

Asha recently joined chambers following her successful completion of a family law focussed pupillage at 3PB Chambers in Bristol. She welcomes instructions to advise in conference or in writing. She is happy to consider instructions on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.

Publications

Asha has conducted seminars whilst working for a local authority prior to pupillage. Her talks included a seminar for foster panel members in respect of legal updates and concurrent planning.

Background

Prior to commencing pupillage, Asha worked in the Children’s Services Legal Department of a Local Authority in the South West. During this time she was involved in the case management of a variety of care cases as well as private law cases in which the Local Authority had become involved. She conducted a number of hearings and advocates meetings for the Local Authority.

She obtained a first class degree in Law with French at the University of Birmingham in 2012 and was awarded the highest marks of the Law with French cohort. She speaks fluent French and spent a year studying French law at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris) during her degree.

Asha was called to the Bar in 2013 after being graded outstanding in her bar exams.