William Seagrim

William Seagrim

Year of Call: 2007

Clerk: James Watson / Lee Fifield

Area of Practice:
Family Law

Areas of Family Law:
Private children law
Public children law
Finances (including financial remedies, cohabitation disputes and schedule 1 applications)

LLB Hons (Wales), 1st Class
BVC, Outstanding

Lord Williams of Mostyn Achievement Award  (Advocacy award, Cardiff University, 2007)
Angel Chambers Prize (Criminal practice award, Cardiff University, 2007)
Sir Samuel Evans Prize (Best final year law student, University of Wales, 2005)
Best final year law student (Swansea University, 2005)

William is a specialist family law practitioner with a practice in all areas of children law and finances. He is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2015 as being "deserving of wide recognition". It goes on to say that "he is an up-and-coming junior who is very confident and very able."

William regularly deals with cases involving allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. In matters of familial and inter - sibling abuse, William has acted for the local authority, adults and children (representing both alleged perpetrators and victims).

William is frequently instructed in financial remedy proceedings and other financial disputes arising out of family breakdown, including cohabitation disputes and claims under TLATA 1996 and schedule 1 CA 1989.

William has experience of dealing with cases involving an international element. In children proceedings, this has included issues of jurisdiction, child abduction and leave to remove (temporarily and permanently). In financial remedy proceedings, this has included issues of foreign assets, foreign proceedings and foreign maintenance orders.

William has a passion for family law. He is dedicated to his clients’ cases, approachable and meticulous.

Notable Cases:

In re HA (A Child) (No 2) [2015] EWHC 1310 (Fam) - an issue of jurisdiction following a transfer of the proceedings to another member state of Brussels II bis and consideration of what jurisdiction had been transferred under Article 15 BII bis. Mr Justice Baker outlined several lessons learnt regarding the consideration and approach to Article 15 BII bis transfers.

Bristol City Council v AA & HA [2014] EWHC 1022 (Fam); [2014] Fam. Law 965 - issues of jurisdiction in respect of habitual residence and an application under Article 15 BII bis. This led to an invitation being made to the Republic of Lithuania to transfer the proceedings.

LJ v JD [2013] EWHC 3632 (Fam) - contested committal proceedings and sentencing for breaches of an undertaking given in family proceedings.

In re TJ , NJ, TJ & JJ [2012] - public law children case determining parental neglect and allegations of sibling and intervenor sexual abuse, including a 12 day fact finding hearing where William was lead by Mr Owen Thomas against numerous parties lead by silk.

Professional Membership:
Family Law Bar Association
International Society of Family Law
Wales and Chester Circuit
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Other Experience:
Part - time lecturer on the BPTC, Cardiff University.
Advocacy Training Council accredited to teach advocacy.
Regular provider of CPD lectures and seminars.

Direct Access:
Direct Access qualified.