I have many years of experience in all areas of family law, having originally learned the art of advocacy practising criminal law in the criminal courts of London. Since 1992/93 I have specialised in family law and my practice now encompasses the following:
- care proceedings where a Local Authority has applied for a care, supervision or placement order (Public Law), including applications for special guardianship orders;
- family disputes over children (Private Law) under the Children Act 1989. I also have considerable experience of cases involving applications to remove a child from the jurisdiction (ie usually meaning to take them out of the UK) or to change a child’s surname.
My clients come from all walks of life, and I pride myself on being known for an understanding and friendly approach, and an ability to communicate with and support all types of client. My aim is to support you throughout the legal process, taking a sympathetic approach to providing advice that helps you to understand your options and make informed decisions. In court my approach is persuasive, and robust when needed. I am as comfortable representing people who may be nervous and unfamiliar with the court system as I am working with business and professional clients.
Within public law and private law proceedings I represent parents, grandparents, step-parents, and children, including clients with disabilities, learning difficulties or substance abuse issues.