Indu Kumar is a junior barrister at 4PB. She was named Family Law Young Barrister of the Year at the Family Law Awards 2017.
What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis?
Junior barrister at 4PB. I’m in court most days, travelling all around the country (so very often on trains!) but also working extensively in Central London. I do the full range of family law work from international child abduction to financial remedies and public and private children law. Whenever I’m not in court I’m prepping away on the next case.
How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?
I’ve been at 4PB for almost 4 years now (a tenant for nearly 3!). Family law was always for me ever since I started doing work experience in the area at 18 and saw how much of an impact it has on so many lives.
Any memorable stories from your career so far?
Each day in court tends to bring at least one memorable moment with it..!
So far I think winning my first final hearing in a child abduction matter and my client’s reaction to his child being returned to him after some months. A great moment.
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
the moments when you succeed on a tricky point in court.
all of the waiting around (and the many many train delays).
What keeps you motivated?
Definitely the people I work with. And my family!
Tea or coffee?
A skinny cappuccino on the way to court and occasionally tea to unwind afterwards (but must be with several biscuits).
What would you say to anyone thinking of a career in your field?
It’s extremely hard work, (with many long hours and late nights!) but if you are passionate and committed then go for it.
What song do you listen to the most?
Anything relaxing generally –
currently it’s Active Child, Hanging On
Who inspires you within the world of family law?
I regularly come across many people in this field who work tirelessly, despite the inevitable pressures on the system, to achieve the best results. Be it my colleagues in chambers, solicitors, Cafcass guardians, social workers etc. who always inspire me.
How do you enjoy your time outside of work?
Eating out in various London eateries, baking, travelling and the theatre when I have time!
What book would you recommend to others?A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry – so gripping and beautifully written.
What would be your alternate career?
If you could change one thing about the family justice system what would it be and why?
Access to justice. The legal aid cuts have had a devastating impact on family law. It’s common place now to be involved in cases with litigants in person who simply need the right advice and guidance from the very start which would help to ease the confusion and stress that generally arises. It’s also added further pressure on the family courts and judges are of course now regularly conducting hearings where both parties appear in person.
What has winning the Family Law Award meant to you?
It’s something I feel incredibly proud of. It’s wonderful to achieve some recognition when we all work so very hard!
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