Acland has a busy practice which encompasses all areas of Chambers’ work. Acland is frequently recognised for his professionalism, preparation, articulacy and client handling skills.
Before studying law, Acland used to be a member of the Great Britain Fencing Team and World Class Performance Program funded by UK Sport. He has competed at World Cups, Commonwealth Games, European Championships and other international competitions.
Since beginning his legal studies, Acland has assisted clients through several pro bono initiatives and continues to represent clients on a pro bono basis.
Before joining Chambers, Acland worked as a paralegal in the General Counsel & Risk department at Addleshaw Goddard in their London office, where Acland gained experience in all their practice areas.
Since joining Chambers in February 2020, Acland has undertaken a specialist family law pupillage, covering all aspects of Public Law Children, Private Law Children, Family Law Act, Contested Divorces and Matrimonial Finance proceedings. Acland became a tenant at St Mary’s Chambers on successful completion of his pupillage in February 2021.
Acland is part of the mentoring team at Surrey University and is currently mentoring a final year student.
Acland has experience in all aspects of Financial Remedy proceedings, including representing husbands, wives, applicants, defendants and interveners. He has gained exposure to all stages of financial proceedings, small money cases, big money cases, TOLATA cases and cases with an international element and has represented clients in cases where the court has refused to approve a consent order on the basis of unfairness.
Acland frequently receives instructions in Public Law Children matters and has gained experience in representing local authorities, parents, guardians and interveners. Acland has experience in cases involving international issues, very serious physical and/or emotional harm.
Acland is regularly instructed at all stages of Private Law Children proceedings, including initial hearings, fact-finding hearings and contested final hearings.
Acland has worked on cases involving allegations of parental alienation, domestic abuse, rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, emotional abuse and physical abuse. Acland has experience of assisting clients with a history of mental health issues and/or substance abuse and has acted for parents, grandparents and children.
Acland has successfully represented applicants and respondents at all stages of Family Law Act proceedings, including Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders. Acland has represented clients in cases involving complicated medical evidence, trusts, rape, mental health issues, physical and emotional abuse against partners, children and extended family members. He also has experience in cases involving issues of service and locating individuals.
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