My practice focusses on public and private law cases involving children, including applications for removal from the jurisdiction, acting for parents, extended family members and Children’s Guardians. Before being called to the Bar in 2012 I had been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 1995.
My clients find that my previous experience as a solicitor makes me highly aware of their needs and concerns, as I have first-hand experience of the amount of preparation involved in bringing a case, and I am familiar with the challenge of sometimes having to give them advice that goes contrary to what they were hoping to hear.
As a solicitor, I initially specialised in Crime, acting as a Prosecutor for the Police (pre CPS) and then as a Defence solicitor, whilst at the same time acting for parents and extended family members on all aspects of family work relating to children. After the introduction of the Children Act I became more involved acting for parents in care proceedings, developing a reputation for conducting most of my own advocacy, and conducting lengthy contested final hearings in the County Court.
I now regularly represent parents, children and extended family members in children-related family matters in the local Magistrates, County and High Courts, and am also keen to further develop his practice in the Court of Protection.
My experience in care proceedings includes cases involving alcohol and drug misuse, chronic neglect, non-accidental injuries, complex medical issues and allegations of sexual abuse. I have a particular interest in supporting through the court process young and vulnerable people, and those with problems relating to alcohol/substance misuse or with learning difficulties/mental health.
With five grandchildren of my own, I am also keen to work with grandparents and other extended family members who are anxious to either be able to see or to look after their grandchildren or other relatives.