Mike acted for a Father in a case where the Local Authority, with the support of the Guardian, sought care and placement orders for a baby. In this sensitive and taxing case, both parents had had a difficult past with experience of the care system, and Mike’s client had a criminal history including offences … Continue reading
Marie represented two very young children in an application made by the Local Authority for Care Orders. The children were found in circumstances of very poor home conditions and neglect and removed from the home by the Police. Subsequently, interim care orders were made at Court and the children were removed to foster care, with … Continue reading
Mike acted for two young children in a case where the Mother had already had several older children removed from her care due to substance misuse and domestic violence issues in her relationships with the children’s fathers (neither of whom took any part in the proceedings). The proceedings were conducted within the Family Drug and … Continue reading
Ronald represented a Father in care proceedings where the Social Workers involved had described the case as, in their professional experience, the worst example of neglect that they had seen. The Local Authority’s position was bolstered by the parenting assessment of the Father and his partner by an independent social worker, who confirmed the Local Authority’s … Continue reading
Philip represented a Father in a fact finding hearing relating to allegations of sexual abuse. Philip’s detailed and robust approach to his client’s predicament succeeded not only in getting all sexual abuse allegations against the Father dismissed, but also (in the welfare hearing) in discrediting the Local Authority’s experts to the extent that they have … Continue reading
Marie represented a Father who was the victim of domestic violence by his wife and had fled the home with his child. The Court agreed that the Mother should only have contact supervised by the Grandparents until the safeguarding issues were dealt with. For the protection of the Father and child she was not permitted … Continue reading
Philip represented the Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, where the Local Authority had made a negative assessment of his suitability as a carer for his children. Philip successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian, persuading the Court that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for his … Continue reading
Sandria acted for the Respondent Father whose children had been removed to foster care, as a result of the Mother suffering severe mental health difficulties. Her client had been denied contact with his children for several years, despite private law proceedings. In addition, although no findings had been made, the Mother had made repeated allegations … Continue reading
Marie represented a Father in a care case where the Mother had addiction problems and the young baby had been removed as a result. Marie’s client had been previously unaware that he had a child, but paternity testing confirmed him as the Father. He then became a party to the proceedings and was assessed. Initially, … Continue reading
Marie represented a Father in care proceedings as a result of the Mother’s mental health. The Father had been prevented from seeing his children as the Mother was not allowing it and had repeatedly breached private law orders. The Court agreed to a parenting assessment for the Father, which was positive, and the care plan … Continue reading
Marie represented a Mother of two young children, who has significant learning difficulties to the extent that she lacks capacity to instruct lawyers herself and the Official Solicitor is her Litigation Friend. In spite of her client’s difficulties, Marie successfully prevented the Local Authority from removing the children from her care at a hearing for … Continue reading
Marie represented a Mother in a case where the Local Authority sought an Interim Care Order and removal to foster care mainly on the basis of her children’s obesity. With Marie’s support, her client was able to demonstrate that she was already addressing the issues of concern and had been for a number of months. … Continue reading
Marie acted for a Father who had not seen his child for two years because the Mother repeatedly breached Court Orders. In an extreme case of alienation, she had even told the child that the Father had died. The Local Authority commenced care proceedings in respect of this child and two others (not the children … Continue reading
Sandria acted for a Grandmother in a case where the Local Authority had issued care proceedings for four children, following neglectful care and appalling home conditions. Both parents had learning difficulties. The three younger children were placed with their Mother at Sandria’s client’s home, with the eldest child initially with other relatives. Following a negative … Continue reading
Marie represented a Mother of two young children. Marie’s client had significant learning difficulties to the extent that she lacked capacity to instruct lawyers herself and the Official Solicitor is her Litigation Friend. Marie is known for her sensitive approach working with vulnerable clients. In spite of her client’s difficulties, at a hearing for an … Continue reading
Marie represented the Father of a teenage child who is accommodated by the Local Authority under s.20 of Children Act 1989 in a residential setting as a result of his mental health issues. The Parents had had to resort to Judicial Review proceedings in the preceding year to force an unwilling Local Authority to pay … Continue reading
Philip represented a Father accused by the Mother of sexual abuse of their two children. Philip was successful in getting all the allegations dismissed, and his client’s relationship with the children returned to regular staying contact and half of school holidays.
Philip represented a Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, and successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for all three of his children. The final hearing was adjourned to enable such assessment of Philip’s client to take place.
Sandria acted for a Mother in a case which encompassed domestic violence incidents between the parents, and the Father being arrested for involvement in a child sexual abuse ring. Both parents were very young, and the Mother was severely traumatised by the late night removal of her child. There were trust issues, compounded by poor … Continue reading
Christopher represented a Mother in complex child care proceedings with a very long history. His client had significant learning difficulties with a very low IQ, and also suffered depression and agoraphobia. For much of the proceedings she was unable to leave her home, and required the assistance of an advocate. There had been a long … Continue reading
Mike acted for the six children, all under 10, concerned in this case. Both parents had mental health issues, and the main concerns were long-term chronic neglect. There were also concerns about the Father’s cannabis use. The Mother needed an intermediary and the Father was represented by the Official Solicitor. The children had not been … Continue reading
Kevin acted for the father of a young child. The family had recently suffered a tragedy and were struggling emotionally. The local authority was seeking the child’s removal from the parents’ care on the grounds of neglect, and had begun care proceedings. Kevin was able to work sensitively with the family, and the local authority, … Continue reading
Marie acted for a mother of very young children who had suffered domestic violence. After a successful fact finding hearing where findings of domestic violence were made against the father, and after 6 months on a domestic violence perpetrators’ course, supervised contact commenced. This gradually became unsupervised contact in circumstances where Marie’s client did not … Continue reading
Ronald represented a father in private law proceedings where the mother was reluctant to agree to the children seeing the father. The mother’s position was that the children had decided that they no longer wanted to see their father. Ronald’s client had been offered a ‘take it or leave it’ contact arrangement of a maximum … Continue reading
Ronald represented a mother of four children in care proceedings. At the first hearing, the matter was listed for immediate removal of the children from the mother’s care and this application was supported by the guardian for the children. Ronald was able to persuade the court that the mother should be allowed the opportunity to … Continue reading
Sophie represented a step-father in a rather unusual application for adoption. The child had resided with the mother and step-father for a period of eleven years, following allegations and subsequent conviction of the biological father for cruelty against the child. The adoption application was strongly opposed by the biological father, who appeared in person. Throughout … Continue reading
Sandria acted at Final Hearing, representing an aunt and uncle. The Mother’s two children had been removed from her care, and viability assessments had indicated that a placement with Sandria’s clients was possible for one child. The Final Hearing was to finalise placements, both of which were uncontested by the Mother. Sandria represented the maternal … Continue reading
Sandria represented a Mother whose three children had been removed her care into foster care placements. Sandria’s client had pre-existing and continuing mental health difficulties, and the Local Authority had had great difficulty in dealing her, as had she was seemingly unable to understand their concerns, and very reluctant to engage in any meaningful way. … Continue reading
Sandria acted for a Father of two children, the eldest of four who had been removed from the care of the Mother. The Mother had some mental health difficulties, and assessments were required as to how the four children could best be cared for. Initially, the Father of the youngest child had the child in … Continue reading
Sandria acted for a Mother in a case where the Local Authority had removed two children from her care, alleging neglect and failure to thrive with the youngest child, as well as the family living in unsuitable and overcrowded conditions. Sandria was able to ensure that the Mother and children’s cultural differences were recognised, and … Continue reading
Marie represented a Mother with substance misuse and mental health issues as a result of her poor childhood experiences. During the proceedings, Marie’s client was not able to successfully address those issues and become abstinent. As a result it was clear that she was unable to care for the children safely. Marie’s sensitive and supportive … Continue reading
Sandria acted for a Father in a case where four children had been removed from the Mother’s care. The children all had different fathers, each of whom had put themselves forward to care for their own child. With Sandria’s representation, although his child remained in foster care, her client achieved good contact arrangements. These would … Continue reading
Sandria represented a Mother through fact finding and final hearing in a case in which the child had suffered severe injuries. This was a sensitive and difficult case, as Sandria’s client not only accepted from the outset that she had failed to protect the child from significant harm, but also had drug abuse problems and … Continue reading
Sandria represented a Mother throughout a case which involved alcohol and drug misuse, coupled with the death of a child while in the client’s care. Sandria’s particular approach was to establish a good working relationship with her client, working with her in a non-judgmental, supportive and encouraging way. This helped the Mother to address her … Continue reading
Philip represented a mother in care proceedings that went on appeal from fact-finding decisions and then to a further final hearing. He successfully appealed all the serious findings of fact made against the parents. In the final hearing, he further succeeded in obtaining a finding that the threshold criteria were not made out and that … Continue reading
Marie represented a Mother in care proceedings in relation to her two young children. The Mother had considerable disabilities and was represented by the Official Solicitor as a result. Although ultimately in this case, Marie’s client accepted she could not care for the children because of her disabilities, Marie ensured that all the appropriate assessments … Continue reading
Marie represented the mother in a contact application by the father, who had been serving a prison sentence since the child’s birth and had drug and alcohol problems. A period of supervised contact was tried but was unsatisfactory, and proceedings lasted for two and a-half years. Testing showed that the father continued to have issues … Continue reading
Marie represented a father in care proceedings in his application for contact with his child. Her client had complex problems of drug addiction and serious mental health issues. There were also issues of domestic violence. Despite this, he was assessed positively, and Marie’s experience of working with parents struggling to cope with similar problems helped … Continue reading
Marie successfully represented a grandmother in an Appeal to the County Court where an Interim Care Order for removal of her grandchild was made against the parents in the Family Proceedings Court. The child had been placed in foster care. This was overturned by the County Court, who placed the child with the grandmother. A … Continue reading
Marie represented a father in proceedings where he and the mother were jointly caring for their newborn having successfully resisted a removal at birth. The mother had had previous children removed from her care, but time had elapsed. With Marie’s help, the couple was able to convince the Court that the baby should remain in … Continue reading
Marie represented a father in care proceedings where children were removed from the mother. The children were placed with the father by agreement before the final hearing after successfully completing assessments.
Marie acted for a father with serious mental health and addiction issues in case in the Family Proceedings Court. Although the final outcome for the children was long-term foster care, Marie was successful in securing for her client on-going long-term contact, enabling him and his children to maintain a relationship.
Marie represented a teenage mother in the County Court who was alleged to have inflicted a non-accidental injury on her child. The Local Authority was seeking to remove the infant from her care. With Marie’s help, the application for an interim order with removal to foster care pending the final hearing was successfully resisted. Experts … Continue reading
Marie represented a mother in the County Court in a case where the concerns were about her inability to separate from a violent partner who was the father of her two young children. The Court made a final order for the children to be adopted. Marie took this case to the Court of Appeal. As … Continue reading
Kevin represented a mother of multiple children in proceedings involving allegations of gross neglect, drug abuse and domestic violence, which was listed for final hearing. Due to mental health issues and cognitive difficulties, the mother was regarded as a vulnerable party. Kevin’s sensitive handling of the case, including over the course of a two-day trial, … Continue reading
Philip represented a mother on a Local Authority’s application for an interim care order and removal of the children from the mother’s care. [O1] Despite the circumstances, he was successful in avoiding both removal and a care order. On being told of the result by email the instructing solicitor’s response was “Remarkable! Many thanks.” … Continue reading
Philip represented a father on the Local Authority’s application for an interim care order to remove the child, a baby, from his care. The case involved Philip’s skill in drafting careful written submissions on the law and facts, which resulted in the Local Authority accepting that the child could remain living with the father.
Edward acted for the grandparents in an application for a Special Guardianship Order for their grandchildren. It was alleged that the mother had neglected the children and was unable to look after the child The mother contested, but the Court would grant the Special Guardianship Order in favour of the grandparents.
Edward acted as junior counsel for a Father in a complex fact-finding in the High Court in care proceedings concerned with allegations of the abuse and exploitation of children and child prostitution. The Court would order that the Father’s child should return to live with him.
Edward represented a mother during fact-finding hearing in care proceedings where a five-month old child was found to have multiple rib fractures, multiple arm fractures, a leg fracture and bruising. All fractures were found to be non-accidental injuries which had been inflicted on more than one occasion. It was the view of the local authority, … Continue reading
Clive acted in care proceedings involving specialist assessment of sexual and physical risk to a child posed by a father arising from previous criminal convictions
Clive acted for a respondent parent in lengthy fact finding hearings in the High Court that involved serious allegations including child prostitution, rape and drug misuse. The hearings generated a huge volume of paperwork which needed to be assimilated and understood. The case dealt with jurisdictional issues as well as various applications concerning disclosure, whether … Continue reading
Ronald acted for a mother in care proceedings at a three-day final hearing, involving issues of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and failure to protect. This case deals with Ronald’s skills in: * assimilating and prioritising large volumes of evidence * demonstrating to the court the efforts the mother had made to change and sustain … Continue reading
Ronald acted for a father in care proceedings where the parents were alleged to have caused numerous fractures to their infant child. The father disputed that he had harmed the child despite both experts agreeing that the x-rays showed the presence of fractures. This case particularly illustrates Ronald’s skills in: * dealing with sensitive issues … Continue reading
Philip acted for a mother in opposing the removal of her child from her care. He was successful in defeating the application for an interim care order, which led to the child remaining permanently with the mother.
Philip represented a father and succeeded in avoiding any non-accidental injury findings against his client despite expert and other evidence against him. The local authority and medical experts’ case was that the mother and/or the father must have intentionally inflicted the child’s injuries. Extensive cross-examination and submission led the court to accept the father’s case … Continue reading
Philip acted for the father at the final care hearing, to successfully prevent the removal of a child from both parents. The mother, with whom the client lived, had had all other children removed from her care. The local authority and expert psychological evidence was entirely against the parents, but detailed cross-examination of the social … Continue reading
Philip acted for a father in a High Court multi-handed care case that took up over two months of court time, and involved the abuse and exploitation of children, including child prostitution. The case required his particular expertise in dealing with international and cross-cultural elements, specifically relating to Eastern Europe, as well as extremely complex … Continue reading
Christopher acted for a mother and her new husband – with whom the children had developed a particularly good relationship and who sought to adopt the children. The father objected. Christopher successfully persuaded the court to grant the adoption.
Christopher acted for grandparents in a case where their grandchild was removed from the mother’s care. The mother had particular difficulties arising from the fact that she had been sexually abused as a child. There was a concern that the grandmother had failed to protect her. As the result of the mother’s neglectful parenting the … Continue reading
Christopher acting for a mother at the final hearing and on appeal where a Care Order had been sought as the result of his client’s neglect of her older children and of concerns about her mental health. This case involved Christopher’s particular skills in: acting for vulnerable clients with mental health issues ensuring his clients … Continue reading
Corey acted for a paternal grandfather in care proceedings brought against parents who had substance misuse and parenting issues. Corey met the grandfather at the first hearing, and stayed with the case all the way through to final hearing. He explained and supported the client through the process of becoming a party to the case, … Continue reading
Corey acted for one of three Local Authorities in care proceedings, where the mother had mental health issues. The main issue was which Local Authority had responsibility for the case, whether by reason of the mother’s ordinary residence, or because of the area in which her behaviour had deteriorated. The case required legal research and … Continue reading
Corey acted for a client with substance misuse issues who was the father of three children who were made the subject of care proceedings. His client was accused of domestic violence, substance misuse and criminality. The mother had mental health difficulties and a child by a subsequent partner. Corey was able to work with his … Continue reading
Corey acted for a single mother of four children, born to three different fathers. Interim care orders had been sought on the basis of the mother’s failure to protect. She had been subjected to varying levels of domestic violence by each father/partner. The case transferred from Magistrates level to County Court, and later High Court … Continue reading
Corey acted for the father of two young children taken into interim care on basis of alleged domestic violence and neglect. The youngest child died unexpectedly in foster care from an unexplained cause, and the case transferred to High Court. Despite their grief, and with Corey’s support, both parents, who remained together, undertook various courses … Continue reading
Corey acted for a single young mother of two children, one autistic with ADHD, both of whom the local authority wanted taken into care on basis of the mother’s alleged inability to cope. Corey was able to communicate with this vulnerable client sensitively and effectively, and guided her through the complex trial and appeal processes. … Continue reading
Melanie successfully argued that a mother who had several previous children removed a few years earlier should be able to keep a new baby under a supervision order. The mother has previously been subjected to domestic violence and drug addiction. Her baby was initially removed under an interim care order where a mother and baby … Continue reading
Melanie acted for a 15 year old with subtle but far-reaching speech and language difficulties. The child had very poor impulse control, low inhibitions, repeatedly self-harmed and absconded from both home and foster care placements. In an extreme decision the child was placed into a Detention Centre for her own safety for 6 months overall, … Continue reading
Melanie was successful in obtaining a Court Order for the return of child to her mother where the mother had learning and physical disabilities. An ICO was obtained at an interim stage but at the final hearing the child was returned and retained under a Supervision Order. Melanie successfully challenged the basis of the Local … Continue reading
Melanie acted for Roma Slovakian parents at Court in a trial involving the use of translators, cultural and jurisdictional issues, and a child with disabilities. She successfully obtained an order that the child be retained under a supervision order.
Kevin represented a mother who had learning difficulties. There were wide ranging allegations of neglect in relation to her child. During the course of the proceedings, Kevin encouraged the mother to work with the social workers and to engage with support groups. The mother made improvements and the child was returned to the mother’s care. … Continue reading
Kevin represented the mother and maternal grandmother in proceedings where there were allegations of domestic violence and alcohol abuse against both parents, who had separated. The allegations were proven against both parents and the judge ruled that the child could not be placed in the care of either of them. The Local Authority wanted to … Continue reading
Kevin represented the parents in a case where the father was accused of sexually abusing the oldest child. Having removed the children from the family under interim care orders, the local authority sought to prove the allegations and to have all of the children placed permanently in care. The parents denied the allegations and sought … Continue reading
Kevin represented the children in High Court proceedings where the parents were accused of sexual abuse and child cruelty against their own children. Both parents were represented by leading and junior counsel and the proceedings were strongly contested. In addition to disputing the factual allegations, points of law and procedure were raised on behalf of … Continue reading
Mike acted as Senior Junior Counsel for a Slovak parent in a four week fact finding hearing in the High Court involving two other Slovak/Czech families, with serious allegations of child sexual exploitation, prostitution, rape and drug use. There were ongoing criminal proceedings, and the case involved Mike’s expertise in: assimilating large volumes of police … Continue reading
Mike acted for two young children (the younger of whom was born with multiple health problems) who had sustained serious non-accidental injuries. The older child had sustained a serious injury at under 3 months which had been accepted as accidental. However when the younger child presented with similar this was re-examined and more injuries were … Continue reading
Mike acted for a young mother with learning difficulties in a case involving serious allegations of non-accidental injuries to a baby, for which the court held the father (who had similar difficulties) to be probably responsible. With Mike’s representation, a Special Guardianship Order made to the child’s grandparents, allowing supervised contact with both parents.
Mike acted for a mother who had a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, as did her three children, whom she had been home schooling. The case was brought when the oldest child developed more serious problems requiring specialist care, involved Mike in obtaining expert psychological assessment of his client and the children, … Continue reading
Mike acted for an Italian father who was alleged to have been violent to the mother of their very young daughter. The original plan was one of adoption but after establishing that the main problem was in fact the mother’s mental health, Mike was able to persuade the court that the child should be placed … Continue reading
In a case involving 10 children, Mike acted for a 14 year old boy considered competent to give separate instructions in a contested application for an interim care order which lasted 6 days.
Mike acted for a nine year old girl who ran away from her mother to seek out her maternal grandmother, alleging that she had been assaulted by her mother’s partner. The case involved a total of six parties and the mother’s partner as intervener, and was one of the first cases involving the imposition of … Continue reading
Mike acted for a father in one of the first cases involving marital rape. The care proceedings, which concerned three young boys, also included serious allegations of domestic violence and neglect resulting in injunctive and exclusion orders and non-contact orders. The father was also subject to serious criminal proceedings. The final hearing lasted 11 days … Continue reading
Sophie represented a couple who sought the making of a Special Guardianship Order for a child currently residing with them. The nature of the case was complex as the applicant couple were family to the parents from whom the child was to be removed from. The case called for extreme sensitivity particularly as both parents of … Continue reading
Sophie represented a father in opposing the making of an Interim Care Order. The application was made by the Local Authority, based on a history of domestic abuse between the parents that spanned several years. Both parents had significant mental health issues that had also raised concerns with the Local Authority. Sophie’s ability to build … Continue reading
Sophie represented a father and successfully opposed the making of an Emergency Protection Order sought by the Local Authority. Due to the nature of the application, the matter was dealt with under severe time constraints. This case illustrates Sophie’s ability to act quickly and effectively in situations requiring urgent action. By its very nature, an … Continue reading
Melanie acted on behalf of the Respondent in a five-day contested hearing involving care proceedings and the possibility of adoption proceedings. The Court ruled in favour of the Respondent’s proposal.
Melanie acted on behalf of the Respondent who was a vulnerable witness, in a five-day hearing involving contested care proceedings. This case involved extensive cross examination of experts on behalf of the Respondent.
Melanie acted on behalf of the grandparents in Care Proceedings and successfully persuaded the Court to award a Special Guardianship Order in their favour.
Sandria’s client in this case was part of the ‘pool of perpetrators’ in a case of serious non-accidental injury to a child. The case made particular use of Sandria’s skills in: research into medical issues – in this instance, brain injuries, bleeds on the brain and the movement of the brain on impact, cross-examination of … Continue reading
Sandria acted for a grandmother in a case where several children had been removed from the mother and her current partner into foster care, initially due to neglect. Whilst in foster care it became clear that the children had also been the victims of sexual abuse. Sandria’s client was the grandmother of only one of … Continue reading
Sandria represented a father in a Bangladeshi family with a young baby. The mother had severe mental health issues and the baby was with foster carers. Her client’s aim was to be appointed Primary Carer for the baby so that the child could remain with its parents in the future. Sandria’s approach to this case … Continue reading
Sandria represented a Lithuanian mother with older children. Due to the mother’s serious mental health issues, the children had been in foster care for several months. The local authority aimed to have her children rehomed with relatives, but they were a considerable distance from the mother. Particularly valuable in this case were: Sandria’s ability to … Continue reading
Child protection concerns arising from a domestically abusive relationship between parents caused the local authority to issue care proceedings to remove the children of the couple from their care and place them in foster homes. Louisa worked with and advised the parents and extended family members with the result that they were able to propose … Continue reading
Louisa represented a young and vulnerable mother and was able to persuade the other parties and the court that a mother/baby placement should be tried rather than the baby being removed from the mother’s care. Louisa’s client was allowed a 12-week assessment of her parenting capacity whilst benefitting from the advice of an experienced foster … Continue reading
Louisa acted for a parent suspected of causing a non-accidental injury to their child, who had sustained a fractured leg and bruising. This case required Louisa to: sensitively manage the emotional issues of the case identify and instruct appropriate medical experts, given a family history of medical conditions that may have provided some alternative explanation … Continue reading
Louisa acted as lead counsel for a mother in a complicated case involving a number of Eastern European families. The allegations involving her client included rape, drug use, the sexual exploitation of children and failure to protect, and involved over 10,000 pages of evidence and some 60 hours of DVD evidence. The case dealt with … Continue reading
Holly represented grandparents in proceedings in which the Local Authority were seeking to have the children adopted. The children’s father was blind and the mother had a very low IQ; both had been assessed as not able to care for the children. Holly represented the grandparents at the final hearing, at which they were seeking … Continue reading
Holly represented a client with serious mental health issues in proceedings in which the Local Authority were seeking to remove her children pending further assessments. The client was being supported by a Crisis team and attended court with a number of professionals. The case involved Holly in dealing with: a client who found the proceedings … Continue reading
Holly acted as a junior in a 4-week fact-finding trial in the High Court involving serious allegations of drug use and dealing, prostitution, rape, and child sexual exploitation. The case involved a number of Eastern European families. The case involved Holly in dealing with: receipt of large volumes of Police evidence applications for Public Interest … Continue reading