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Direct Access Barrister

Elizabeth Anne Bowden

Direct Access Barrister

Elizabeth Anne Bowden

Elizabeth’s passion is helping people find solutions. Her practice encompasses both family and civil work. She has a natural talent for those areas that cross over, be it Family Finance and the Court of Protection, TOLATA and Family Finance, or Trusts and Wills and Probate.

Elizabeth aims to assist her direct access client’s as much as possible within the identified task to ensure that they achieve the best outcome from their dispute or court case.

Practical advice is given along with guidance on the procedure, the issues, the law, evidence and likely outcomes.

Elizabeth ensures that matters are addressed in plain English and is always keen to avoid legal jargon.

Area of Law


Elizabeth regularly accepts instructions in matrimonial finance matters. She acts on both a Public and Privately funded basis. She appears in FDAs, FDRs and Final Hearings.

Elizabeth is regularly instructed on complex matters that require asset tracing, pension experts, trusts and disclosure.


Elizabeth is regularly retained in TOLATA matters, where she draws on her Family Finance and Property experience.

In a recent case, Elizabeth advised a client that what they had assumed to be a TOLATA claim was better made by a claim under the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act 1970 (MPPA 1970) through the Family Court. The parties had been engaged, and therefore under MPPA 1970, there was a presumption that her client had gained a share in the property or increased it.

Elizabeth has been instructed in respect of landlord and tenant matters (commercial and residential), injunctions, unlawful eviction claims and possession hearings.

A recent instruction was on a 7-day multitrack case involving ten claimants, over 2000 pages of evidence and a hybrid hearing. The case was a classic crossover case involving housing law, property law, and consumer rights legislation.

Recently Elizabeth was instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent a vulnerable client who had lost capacity (was without a deputy) and had a possession order granted against them. The freeholder was seeking to obtain forfeiture of the lease and make the client homeless.

What sort of work do I do?

Elizabeth works in the following areas: Court of Protection, Family Finance, Property (residential/commercial), Trusts, Wills and Probate.
She can help you with:
Representation in court
Legal drafting
Advice, either in writing or face-to-face

Who do I work for?

Elizabeth helps individuals and companies alike.

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