Barrister

Maxine Best

Year of call 2013

Family

Maxine was offered tenancy at Zenith Chambers following successful completion of her Pupillage in September 2015. Since becoming a member of Zenith, Maxine has developed a specialist family practice and now accepts a broad range of instructions across the family law spectrum. 

Maxine is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents and children in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court and Magistrates Court. Furthermore, she undertakes work on low to high value matrimonial finance cases.

Maxine prides herself on her client-centred approach, both with the lay client and the professional client. She always ensures the lay client fully understands the process before a hearing and the outcome following it. She is able to offer a tenacious and dynamic advocacy style, combined with empathy and compassion in order to achieve the best result for her client.

As a hard-working and approachable advocate, Maxine maintains a high-quality service throughout her involvement. Maxine also has experience dealing with litigants in person in a constructive and fair manner.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Public Law Children (Care proceedings including interim, directions, finding of fact and final hearings) 
  • Private Law Children (including Child Arrangement Order and relocation applications) 
  • Financial Remedies (in particular cases involving issues of pre- and post- marital assets, and financial provision for children).

REPORTED CASES

Re BH (A Child: Human Rights Act: Injunction) [2017] EWFC 15 - representing the maternal great-aunt seeking to prevent the local authority removing the 2 year old child from her care, notwithstanding the child was the subject of a final care order in favour of the local authority.

NOTABLE CASES

June 2016 – Maxine acted for the Father in care proceedings alleged to have breached a contract of expectations. Issues arose as to the application of the ABE interview principles to children in care proceedings. Maxine achieved judgment in the Father’s favour, against the recommendation of both the Local Authority and the Child’s Guardian.

SEMINARS

Maxine regularly attends and speaks at seminars on matters of both Children Law and Matrimonial Finance.

  • (Upcoming) November 2017 - Worldwide Freezing Orders and the dangers of Without Notice Applications - Speaker
  • (Upcoming) November 2017 - Annual Finance Seminar - Speaker
  • March 2017 - Relocation, relocation, relocation - Speaker
  • March 2017 - FLBA Spring Conference - Attendee
  • September 2016 - Special Contributions - Speaker
  • Wine & Wisdom September 2016 - Marriage and consent issues - Speaker
  • Wine & Wisdom April 2016 - Private Law Children Update - Speaker
  • Wine & Wisdom April 2015 - Public Law Children Update - Speaker