I am a specialist child law barrister and have practised exclusively in family law for nearly 20 years, representing parents, spouses, grandparents, children and local authorities. I am experienced at acting in cases where children are considered to be at risk or where there has been domestic violence within a relationship.
My reputation is for working with my clients in a holistic and non-judgmental way, and I will consider with you not only the legal issues of the case but also the emotional and practical issues you are facing. This helps me to understand all the things that will shape your decisions.
I am known for giving clear, objective advice that allows you to make decisions in full knowledge and understanding of the proceedings and helps you understand the implications of your choices. At Court I ensure that your position is put appropriately and persuasively before the Judge.
I am a trained family mediator and am able to undertake Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) appointments, completing the form required to make an application to Court where appropriate. Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, I have introduced online mediation sessions using Zoom, so you can begin or continue mediation from the comfort of your own home. Many of my clients have told me they prefer the online approach as it means they don’t have to be in the same room as the other party at all, making it much easier for them to focus on and resolve the issues at hand.
Louisa is recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500:
A highly experienced family lawyer and mediator who is particularly esteemed for her work in public law children cases, including care and adoption proceedings, and matters involving domestic and sexual abuse. She acts for a variety of clients, including local authorities, children, parents and grandparents.
Strengths: “She is a caring advocate who manages clients well.” “She deals with acrimonious children cases with a sensible, practical, no-nonsense style.” Chambers and Partners 2021
Strengths: “She is brilliant. She is calm, helpful and very experienced; great with vulnerable clients.” “She is able to develop a rapport with the client; a great advocate.” Chambers and Partners 2016
Expertise: “She has a very gentle nature but fights a case really well. She takes cases very seriously and is able to explain things clearly to clients.” “Louisa is very experienced and comes across well with clients. She’s fantastic, especially with public law and ancillary relief matters” Chambers and Partners 2015
“She is sharp and on the ball and, in a difficult situation and with challenging cases, adopts just the right tone to get the job done.” Legal 500 2021
Very good with vulnerable clients, and learning-disabled clients in particular. Legal 500 2015