After reading History at University College, Durham. Luke obtained First Class Honours in Law in London. He progressed through the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in 2000. Whilst in London, Luke worked as an editor at LAWTEL the online legal publishers and was responsible for the creation of its Local Government Service.
Having been born and brought up on the Essex/Suffolk border, EA Law - East Anglian Chambers was Luke's natural choice for tenancy. He has been at chambers since completing his pupillage under Andrew Marsden.
Whilst beginning in practice with general common law work, family law increasingly filled Luke's diary owing to his popularity with solicitors and clients alike. Luke now specialises in family law and crime. His family law practice covers all areas of children's work (including contact and residence disputes and care proceedings).
Luke is particularly noted for his ability in public law care proceedings where he has been described on the one hand as "a fearless and powerful advocate..."; and "a singularly eloquent and persuasive lawyer".
Luke prides himself on his robust, no nonsense advice to clients, whilst recognising the need to be sensitive to his client's demands. Luke is very mindful, for example, when representing parents of the need to reach conclusions collectively rather than dictate his own opinion. For Luke, thorough preparation is key.
Luke maintains a criminal practice as defence counsel in magistrates' court across the region. Luke is particularly adept at dealing with vulnerable witnesses and those cases that involve domestic violence; he is noted for his excellence in the cross examination of children and dealing with highly sensitive family situations. Luke is also very experienced in the field of road traffic offences and has an ability to provide succinct and to the point advice, whilst maintaining a very good manner with clients. Members of the public and solicitors alike have commented on Luke's conscientious approach and thorough preparedness.
Luke accepts public access instructions.
Re B (2013) Care Proceedings - Case in which Luke acted for a parent which involved arguing international jurisdictional issues and whether or not an assessment formulated outside of the jurisdiction formed a choate care plan.
Re W (2011-12) Care Proceedings - Complex care proceedings which raised issues regarding consideration of children giving evidence within proceedings where there had been previous allegations of sexual abuse and incest.
Re F (2013) Care Proceedings - Interconnected set of care proceedings acting for parents with severe learning disabilities. Case summarised the considerations to be given when assessing whether parents with disabilities can meet their children's welfare demands.
Re D (2013) Care Proceedings - Involved detailed consideration of social work assessment in the field of learning disabilities.
A fearless and powerful advocate...