Professionally Embarrassing-logo

Professionally Embarrassing

Business & Economics Podcasts

Family barristers Malvika Jaganmohan and Maddie Whelan have a fortnightly chit-chat about recent case law, book and podcast recommendations, and general legal fluff.

Family barristers Malvika Jaganmohan and Maddie Whelan have a fortnightly chit-chat about recent case law, book and podcast recommendations, and general legal fluff.


United Kingdom


Family barristers Malvika Jaganmohan and Maddie Whelan have a fortnightly chit-chat about recent case law, book and podcast recommendations, and general legal fluff.




Series 2, Episode 8: a Children’s Guardian on the warpath, another s54 surrogacy palaver and where to learn advocacy from a silk

Cases N (A Child) (Termination of children's guardian) [2022] EWFC B16 (09 February 2022) - Z (A Child) (Surrogacy) [2022] EWFC 18 (10 March 2022) - Recommendations The Advocacy Podcast – Modern Family Matters - Tweet of the week Oliver Conway -



Trigger warning: contains discussion of suicide. Pupillage and how to get it Twin Flames podcast Bed of Lies podcast Infected Blood Inquiry homepage


Series 2, Episode 6: a choice between two mothers, a defiant judge and separated siblings

Bailii: E (A Child) (Step-Parent Adoption) [2022] EWFC B3 NP v DP (Hague Convention; abducting parent refusing to return) [2021] EWHC 3626 Podcast / book / talk recommendations: Couples Therapy - Kiri – Split Up in Care – Life Without Siblings Nuffield Report - Siblings, contact and the law: an...


Season 2, Episode 5: a landmark win for transparency, a PD12J conundrum and the podcasts you need to binge now

Bailii A Child (Application of PD12J: No 2 Findings of Fact) [2022] EWFC 2 Griffiths v Tickle & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1882 Podcasts & Articles Sweet Bobby Fear or Favour A finding of rape, Tortoise Slow Newscast Transfer of tenancies and...


Series 2, Episode 4 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL with Hannah Markham QC

Reading/podcast/blog recommendations A Practical Guide to Practice Direction 12J and Domestic Abuse in Private Law Children Proceedings by Malvika Jaganmohan and Rebecca Cross (discount code: GKD3ZST for 10% off!) Playing Nice by JP Delaney Legal Eagles The Intended Parents podcast...


Series 2, Episode 3: a 41 year old child, a bitter family dispute and hurrah for open justice!

Bailii cases Siddiqui v Siddiqui & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 1572 Cathcart v Owens [2021] EWFC 86 Reading/podcast/blog recommendations Transparency in the Family Courts Report Seeing invisible elephants – the transparency review is published, The Transparency Project Blog, BBC Radio 4, The Corrections: The Carbonara...


Series 2, Episode 2: PD12J and interim contact, a landmark expert report and don’t become a barrister if you need validation

TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of rape and sexual assault. Bailii cases A Child (Application of PD12J) [2021] EWFC B59 Re W (a child) [2021[ EWHC 2844 (Fam) Podcast/blog recommendations Parental Alienation, BBC Analysis Suesspicious Minds Tweet of the week Tweet by @mryderqc Tweet by @ChloeLBranton


Series 2, Episode 1: parental alienation, the state of the care system and two-tier justice

Voting link for the Family Law Awards 2021 Vote for ‘Professionally Embarrassing’ in the Family Law Commentator of the Year category (don’t forget to enter your details after voting to verify your vote) Case law Re A and B (Parental Alienation: No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4) [2020] EWHC 3366 (Fam) Book / podcast recommendations Three Women – Lisa Taddeo...


Series 1, Episode 10: a controversial documentary, creative social work and should family lawyers meet the children?

TRIGGER WARNING: injuries to a child, domestic abuse Bailii cases Wigan BC v Y (Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty) [EWHC] 1982 (Fam) Re J (A Child) (Resolutions Model) [2021] EWFC 58 Book/podcast/talk recommendations Torn Apart Family Courts Uncovered Dispatches Tweet of the week Tweet by @sarahcrowtherqc Tweet by @tashakbenjamin...


Series 1, Episode 9: drug testing chaos, appealing findings of fact and the hidden costs of becoming a barrister

Bailii cases Greater Manchester Police v Zuniga & Ors [2021] EWHC 1572 Re H (Children: Findings of Fact) [2021] EWCA Civ 319 Book / podcast / talk recommendations A Dutiful Boy – Mohsin Zaidi Desert Island Discs – Heather Hallett Tweet of the week Tweet by Paul Lewis


Series 1, Episode 8: contact with a parent in prison, the pros of practice outside London and why we vote to get rid of the Bar Course!

Bailii cases Re L (A Child: Step-Parent Adoption) [2021] EWCA Civ 801 Z v Z (Contact in Prison) [2021] EWFC 47 (07 June 2021) Book/podcast/talk recommendations All Rise Welfare Wednesday: standing up to bullying and harassment Careless by Kirsty Capes...


Series 1, Episode 7: can Covid-19 invalidate a financial agreement, a sad case about a mother's factitious disorder and can social workers be activists?

Bailii cases HW & WW (Covid 19 pandemic: set aside a financial remedy consent order?) [2021] EWFC B20 X (Factitious Disorder) [2021] EWFC 46 Book/podcast/talk recommendations Can social workers be activists? ‘An onlooker at someone else’s social event’: a mother’s experience of the court Let’s talk about: menopause...


Series 1, Episode 6: undoing an adoption order, strangers making babies and why we aren’t very learned

TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of non-accidental injuries to a child, domestic abuse Bailii cases AX v BX & Ors (Revocation of Adoption Order) (Rev 1) [2021] EWHC 1121 E (Adoption by One Person) [2021] EWFC 45 Podcast/talk/show recommendations Strangers Making Babies BBC Sounds, Adoption: ‘They’ve turned our sons against us’ Never Had You...


Series 1, Episode 5: why complying with court directions isn't optional, parental self-sabotage and thoughts on pupillage apps

TRIGGER WARNING: physical injuries to a child, domestic abuse, substance misuse Bailii cases BCP v M (Failure to Comply with Direction; Family Placement) [2021] EWFC B26 (15 April 2021) D (Care Orders: Final Hearing) [2020] EWFC B65 (18 November 2020) Podcast/talk/book recommendations Women’s Hour on BBC Sounds Law in Action, The Family Drug and Alcohol Court Women in Family Law’s Welfare Wednesday:...


Series 1, Episode 4: a local authority in hot water, special advocates and the true impact of domestic abuse

TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of child death, sexual abuse, eating disorders, domestic abuse and domestic homicide Bailii cases YY (Children: Conduct of the Local Authority) [2021] EWHC 749 (Fam) Herefordshire Council v AB [2018] EWFC 10 Re P (Discharge of Party) [2021] EWCA Civ 512 Extraordinary Meeting, Herefordshire Council Tweets by Louise Tickle about Herefordshire Council EGM...


Series 1, Episode 3: domestic abuse post-Re H-N, surrogacy and protesting unhelpful case names

TRIGGER WARNING: discussion of domestic abuse, rape and coercive control. Bailii cases Re H-N [2021] EWCA Civ 448 JH v MF [2020] EWHC 86 Reading/Talk recommendations ‘Re H-N [2021] EWCA 448: The Court of Appeal considers domestic abuse’ by Jack Harrison Sophie Beresiner at The Times Diversity in the legal profession, Gresham...


Series 1, Episode 2: why family law isn't about 'winning', the policing of non-traditional parents and obscure acronyms

Bailii cases Re DD (Inward Return Order) [2021] EWHC 607 Re Z (Surrogacy) [2021] EWHC 589 Re Z (Parental Order: Child’s Home) [2021] EWHC 29 Recommended reading Malvika’s posts on The Transparency Project blog about the shortage of expert witnesses in the family courts and...


Series 1, Episode 1: overlaying, overweight children removed into foster care and vicarious trauma

Trigger warning: graphic description of baby death, discussion of suicidal ideation Case law A Local Authority v XX and XY (threshold; overlaying) [2021] EWFC 27 West Sussex County Council v A and B [2020] EWFC B62 News Two teenagers placed in foster care after weight loss plan fails by Nadeem Badshah and agency Tweet by Fatima Ahdash...