I am a highly experienced family law specialist with over 20 years’ experience of all aspects of this field including child law (care, residence, contact, removal from the country etc.) divorce, financial provision, ancillary relief, cohabitation, injunctions and cases involving dimensions such as human rights law and child abduction.
I am also qualified as a Children Law Arbitrator and can therefore be instructed in private law disputes by both parties to decide the issue between them. This can be done privately and according to a timetable dictated by them rather than the court system, but with a binding decision at the end of it.
Beginning my career as a criminal barrister, I developed the robust courtroom skills for which I now have a reputation. My experience makes me a confident representative for clients involved in the most serious care cases, hard-fought family disputes and in highly complex divorce, matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases.
I am known for my determination to achieve the best for my clients, stemming from my sympathetic understanding of their situations. In particular, I have a strong instinct to protect human rights, especially where my clients are made vulnerable by mental and physical disability or by cultural, religious or racial circumstances. My Master’s degree in international human rights law and Diploma from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg both help me to deal confidently with any issues that arise.
Probably my most well-known case is a successful appeal from the High Court to the Court of Appeal representing the Appellant Mother in A –v- A Local Authority  EWCA Civ 1057, now a leading case on disclosure in care cases and involving complex cultural issues.