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Legal Practice Conversation: Kevin Gordon In Conversation With Daniel Monk

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The Legal Practice Conversation series aims to provide students with first-hand insight into how law works in practice – and an opportunity to ask a legal practitioner about careers in law.

At this event former Birkbeck law student Kevin Gordon will be talking with Professor Daniel Monk about his working life as a barrister at Five Pump Court Chambers, why and how he moved into law from a career in probation and social work and how he draws on his background in dance in the courtroom.

Part of the conversation will discuss a recent case in the Court of Appeal in which Kevin successfully defended a Special Guardianship Order in favour of a maternal grandmother: Re FL (A Child) [2020] EWCA Civ 20. If you have time please try to read the case beforehand.

About the Speaker

Kevin is a specialist family law barrister with a very rounded knowledge of public and private family law. Having worked for over 13 years with leading local authorities Kevin brings a socio-legal understanding to family law not generally found at the Family Bar.

Kevin began his career as a probation and aftercare officer in Jamaica. Through that work, he developed skills and an interest in working with children, and he is highly skilled at engaging with families and working for fair solutions. He is often instructed to represent mentally unwell and vulnerable clients to whom he brings a calm and reassuring approach. Trained in systemic therapy, Kevin has a solution-focused approach when working with clients and advocates alike.

Prior to becoming a Barrister Kevin danced professionally as a contemporary ballet dancer for 6 years. He is the lead choreographer and dancer during the annual Miscellany Production at Gray’s Inn and he retains a commanding stage presence which he uses to great effect in court.

This event is open to the public and will be hosted on Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event upon registration.

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