Louisa Adamson

Louisa has specialised exclusively in family law work for nearly 20 years. Her clients include parents, spouses, grandparents, children and local authorities and she is frequently called upon to represent clients who have experienced domestic abuse as well as in cases where children are said to be at risk.

Louisa is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500

Chambers and Partners 2017 “A highly experienced family lawyer and mediator who is particularly esteemed for her work in public law children cases, including care and adoption proceedings. She is adept at dealing with cases involving parents who exhibit learning difficulties or challenging behaviour.”

Chambers and Partners 2016 “Focuses on children and financial remedy matters and is highly experienced in care proceedings, disputes concerning physical and sexual abuse and residence disputes. She also undertakes financial disputes concerning property, assets and pensions.” 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.”

‘Straight-talking, astute and practical.’ Legal 500, 2017 guide

“A natural at dealing with complex cases and clients.” Legal 500, 2016 guide
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Louisa has specialised exclusively in family law work for over 20 years.  She is known for her ability to work with her clients in a holistic and non-judgmental way. Her ability to consider not only the legal issues of a case but also the emotional and practical issues that can shape her client’s decisions is particularly valued by her clients, and their solicitors.

More recently Louisa has made the decision to narrow her focus further and has left the family finance team to concentrate on cases involving children whether that be in the private or public law arena. Louisa also has a busy mediation practice and is accredited by the Family Mediation Council to undertake mediations involving both finances and arrangements for children. Louisa is able to conduct MIAM sessions.

Louisa provides her clients with clear, objective advice allowing them to make their decisions in full knowledge and understanding of the proceedings and their implications. At court Louisa will ensure that her client’s position is put appropriately and persuasively before the Judge.

Louisa is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500

Chambers and Partners 2017 “A highly experienced family lawyer and mediator who is particularly esteemed for her work in public law children cases, including care and adoption proceedings. She is adept at dealing with cases involving parents who exhibit learning difficulties or challenging behaviour.” 

Chambers and Partners 2016“Focuses on children and financial remedy matters and is highly experienced in care proceedings, disputes concerning physical and sexual abuse and residence disputes. She also undertakes financial disputes concerning property, assets and pensions.” 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.”

‘Straight-talking, astute and practical.’ Legal 500, 2017 guide

A natural at dealing with complex cases and clients.” Legal 500, 2016 guide

“Very good with vulnerable clients, and learning-disabled clients in particular.” Legal 500, 2015 guide

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Within private law proceedings Louisa often represents clients, who, after separation, have been unable to agree with which parent their children should live and/or how the arrangements for the child seeing both parents might best be managed.

This includes cases in which allegations of domestic violence or physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a child are made by one parent against the other.

Louisa has also acted for many grandparents who are seeking either Contact or Special Guardianship Orders in respect of their grandchildren, cases where her gentle nature is of particular benefit. In addition, she has extensive experience in advising and representing parents who wish to make applications to move abroad, to change their child’s school or in cases involving other aspects of parental responsibility. Her clarity and objectivity is valued in cases where emotional conflict might otherwise present barriers to mutually beneficial resolutions.

Louisa Adamson's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Supporting a parent to achieve compromise agreement

Louisa acted for a parent at a hearing listed by the Court after the parents had compromised applications for both child arrangements and injunctive orders at a previous first hearing without the CAFCASS safeguarding checks being available. The CAFCASS officer, who had raised concerns, was directed to attend the court to give further details about Continue reading

Facilitating a positive approach to reintroducing contact

Louisa represented a Mother who had concerns about re-introducing her children to their father after contact between them had broken down some time previously amidst a number of concerns. The CAFCASS officer’s report recommended some level 2 supervised contact to effect a re-introduction. Louisa’s supportive and sensitive approach enabled matters to be discussed at some Continue reading

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Not “Parental Alienation”? but heading towards intractability? What can be done?

Many practitioners are accustomed to seeing cases that do not quite fall within the category of “parental alienation” yet are characterised by the resident-parent’s views impacting adversely on the arrangements for contact between the non-resident parent and the child and often, as a consequence, on the relationship between the child and non-resident parent.   Usually such Continue reading

Louisa Adamson's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“…Thank you for your brilliant help and incredible advice which has made a huge difference to my life…”

Mrs K instructing Louisa Adamson through the DPA scheme – May 16

Public Law Children

Louisa is regularly instructed to represent parents, grandparents, children and local authorities in Care and Adoption proceedings, and her work in this area has encompassed not only cases involving neglect or emotional harm of children but also cases where there have been allegations of serious non-accidental injury or of sexual abuse

Louisa’s non-judgmental and objective approach is considered especially valuable in her frequent work with parents who are also facing criminal proceedings as a result of such allegations, as well as for parents who may have substance abuse difficulties or who suffer from mental health or learning difficulties.

In particular, Louisa’s experience of acting for parents with learning difficulties enables her to ensure that fair assessments are undertaken, and that those parents are able to engage effectively in the Court hearings.

Louisa Adamson's Public Law Children Cases

Defeating Interim Care Order Applications

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

Mother and baby placement

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

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