Dafydd Paxton

Dafydd Paxton

Dafydd Paxton

Year of Call: 2010

Clerk: Lesley Haikney (Family) and Michael Lieberman (Immigration, Court of Protection and Judicial Review)  

Dafydd joined Chambers in February 2018, from Unity Street Chambers in Bristol. He specialises in Family, Immigration and Public Law. Prior to qualifying as a barrister, he was a canoe slalom athlete, competing internationally for Wales and Great Britain.

Family Law

Dafydd has a practice which covers all areas of family law, including private and public law children matters, domestic violence injunctions, cohabitation disputes and financial remedy proceedings.

Dafydd regularly represents parents in private law matters concerning child arrangements, specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders. He has acted in cases involving intractable contact disputes, applications to remove from the jurisdiction and serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse. Possessing a calm and reassuring manner, Dafydd is able to put nervous and vulnerable clients at their ease in what can be an intimidating environment.

In care proceedings, he represents parents, local authorities, guardians and other extended family members and has experience of cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. He has considerable experience of representing vulnerable clients, including those with learning difficulties, mental health issues and serious addiction problems.

Dafydd has considerable experience in dealing with financial relief proceedings, including cases involving large assets including businesses, pensions and trusts. He has been complimented on his assiduous case preparation and pro-active approach to negotiation.

Dafydd acts in cases where unmarried couples have separated and need to resolve their finances under TOLATA. He is adept at presenting this complex area of law to clients in plain, understandable terms.

Court of Protection

Dafydd has experience of representing parties in the Court of Protection in cases involving applications under the Mental Capacity Act to vary or terminate deprivation of liberty authorisations.

Immigration, Asylum and Deportation

Dafydd regularly represents appellants before the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and has experience of the High Court and Court of Appeal. Dafydd is often instructed in cases involving entry clearance; applications to extend or vary Leave to Remain; matters involving EEA law; and appeals against removal or deportation.

Dafydd is adept at dealing sensitively with clients who have undergone traumatic experiences in their country of origin. He has a broad experience of cases involving torture and sexual violence and has the ability to put clients at ease. At present, he is assisting the Bar Standards Board in piloting a specialist toolkit to assist advocates when dealing with vulnerable clients.

Dafydd also volunteers at Asylum Justice in Cardiff, providing advice and representation to vulnerable clients who do not have the assistance of Legal Aid.

Public Law including Judicial Review (JR)

Dafydd is often instructed in judicial review proceedings including challenges to decisions of the Home Office and those of specialist Tribunals, that do not attract a statutory right of appeal.

Areas in which he acts include challenging or defending age assessments undertaken by Local Authorities, challenging decisions on housing, education and benefits (especially in an immigration context) and challenging the refusal of fresh claims in asylum cases. 

Public Access

Dafydd is public access qualified and able to accept instructions direct from members of the public in suitable cases.