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Reagan Persaud

Barrister

Reagan practices in children law. She has profound experience in all areas including, but not limited to, public children, private children, injunctions, enforcement, international and jurisdictional matters.

As a result of being so niche in her practice, Reagan has acted in complex cases where she has represented parents, local authorities and guardians in lengthy fact-finding hearings, dealt with contested hearings in the High Court and tricky final hearings involving ongoing criminal proceedings, linked directions hearings, and children witnesses. Her experience covers:

  • Domestic abuse including serious sexual abuse/rape allegations;
  • Inflicted injuries including serious fractures;
  • Historical and long-standing physical abuse allegations;
  • Parental alienation allegations;
  • Fabricated induced illness cases; and
  • Cultural issues involving the making of forced marriage protection orders.

Reagan is also well-learned and capable of challenging experts on their conclusions and evidence. She always looks at matters in an appropriate holistic manner and with a forensic and methodical mind which means that clients get a second-to-none service from her representation.

As part of her professional journey, Reagan has worked previously as in-house counsel at a local authority and so is very well versed in Local Authority processes and procedures. This makes her an ideal representative for local authorities in complex cases where a certain knowledge of the inner procedures of the local authority can be key in presenting their position clearly to the court.

Further, Reagan has extensive knowledge and experience of issues relating to gender identity and the difficulties that can be faced when these matters arise. In particular, she understands trans issues and the difficulties that trans clients can face during proceedings. She delivers regular seminars on this topic which provides training to professionals as to good practice and ensuring that trans people are treated with respect within the justice system.

Reagan’s practice covers regular exposure in the High Court in complex care proceedings and she has successfully argued in the Court of Appeal. She has also been led by leading silks in numerous cases and is considered a leading junior herself, regularly leading junior counsel in highly litigious matters. With a number of years of experience under her belt, she is confident in holding her own.

Public Law Children

Reagan is regularly instructed by both local authorities, on behalf of the parents and children (through their guardian) in care proceedings. She has a wealth of experience in this area.

She is not one to back down from a fight. Reagan will champion her client’s cause without seeking to compromise if that is not in her client’s interests.

Reagan is also experienced in complex international care cases. She has experience in all levels of care matters up to the Court of Appeal. Further, she has successfully appealed District Judges and Circuit Judges, and successfully responded to appeals. She is not a barrister who backs down if she believes that a decision against her client is wrong.

Her extensive experience in care matters makes her second-to-none in this area of law where she is regarded as a specialist in the field. She is a regular representative for many local authorities across Yorkshire, and very much an essential and preferred barrister for many parents and guardians in complex care cases.

Private Law Children

Reagan understands the high tensions in private children disputes and has experience in dealing with complex cases that may involve domestic violence, injunctions against parties, the involvement of children’s services via S7 or S37 reports and/or the issue of care proceedings, shared-care arrangements, parental alienation and jurisdictional disputes.

Reagan’s background in children’s services allows clients to get incisive advice as to the implications of parties’ actions and the proper application of the welfare checklist. She is able to find sensible middle ground in such disputes and ensure that long-lasting agreements can be reached. She is also capable of challenging the evidence at final hearings and giving clear and relevant submissions on her clients’ behalf if that is what is required

Injunctions

Reagan is frequently instructed by solicitors to represent vulnerable clients who have been abused and require protection via NMOs, Occupation Orders and/or Forced Marriage Protection Orders. She understands the need for without-notice applications and how to gather evidence and represent these clients throughout proceedings. She is alive to the need for vulnerable clients to not be exposed to their perpetrators at court and is aware of the methods of protecting her clients and the unexpected/interlinked issues that her clients may face around, for instance, child contact.

Reagan’s thorough understanding of injunction proceedings and her ability to connect with vulnerable clients makes her somewhat of an expert in this area

Legal 500 2024 – ‘Reagan is a robust advocate who goes above and beyond.’

Legal 500 2023 – ‘Reagan is a force to be reckoned with – extremely capable and diligent. She is fierce, confident and fearless in court.’

Legal 500 2022 – “An impressive advocate with a strong eye for detail. She is calm in and out of the courtroom. Conscientious and compassionate, she builds very good rapport with clients and judges.”

Legal 500 2021 Rising Star – “Reagan’s mind works fast, and draws on the specificity of the case, which is incredibly useful in cases where there are related proceedings, siblings, have been long hearings and there is a lot of detail to draw on. She is confident, which puts the client at ease, especially where other representatives are partisan and can make professional clients feel intimidated or under attack.”

A Local Authority v Y & Anor (Notification of The Father and Relatives) [2023] EWHC 2040 (Fam) An application by the local authority to obtain a declaration that they did not need to notify the child’s father of his existence, or consult him when placing the child for adoption by consent. The court laid down new guidance on how these applications need to be marked as ‘urgent’ to avoid delay for the child.

 

H-D-H (children) and C (a child) [2021] EWCA Civ 1192 The court of appeal hears 2 appeals on the issue of what allegations should be litigated in care proceedings. They reject the arguments of leading silks in the first case, but allow the appeal in the case of C (a child) for the reasons given by counsel, Reagan Persaud. In delivering Judgment, the court of appeal confirms that the test to be applied when the court decides what allegations need to be litigated remains as set out in Oxfordshire County Council v DP, RS and BS [2005].

 

Re F (Assessment of birth family) [2021] EWFC 31 An application by the local authority to explore a mother’s birth family as possible carers for her child, even though the mother had been adopted and so this family had no legal tie to the child. Cobb J sets down/reiterates the guidance to be applied in cases where assessment of wider family members is opposed by the respondent parents in care cases.

 
  • Deputy District Judge - 2024
  • Visiting Lecturer at BPP University, teaching on the Bar Professional Training Course – 2020
  • Examiner/Assessor for the Bar Professional Training Course - 2019
  • Committee member - National Family Law Bar Association
  • Sub-Committee member - Family Law Bar Association - Children
  • Bar Council committee member
  • Bar Council Sub-Committee member Equality, Diversity & Social Inclusion
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Inner Temple Society
  • Bar North Eastern Circuit

“Reagan is a robust advocate who goes above and beyond.”

- Legal 500 2024

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