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

"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." Chambers and Partners 2016

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

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.

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 a trained family mediator and is able to undertake Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) appointments completing the FM1 form where appropriate.

Louisa is recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016 & 2017 and The Legal 500 2015 & 2016

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.” 

Strengths: “Her client care is excellent, especially with vulnerable individuals.” “She is efficient and thorough.”

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.”

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

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

Abusive Husband

Acting for a mother who alleged that her former husband had been abusive towards her and the children.  She supported the father having contact with the children but sought for it to be supervised until such time as he had demonstrated that he had taken steps to alter his behaviour.   The father denied all allegations Continue reading

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Split hearings in private law children cases – how to avoid using a disproportionate amount of resources ?

The President’s Guidance in relation to split hearings issued in May 2010 stated that split hearings “…are taking place when they need not do so and are taking up a disproportionate amount of the Court’s time and resources..”.  Court time and resources have, if anything, become even more scarce today in 2016 so how can 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

“….Excellent in all areas….financially it was less expensive….i personally felt that because I was able to have direct contact with the barrister that communicating was easier, I felt in control of what was said and put across, essentially it was cutting out the middleman….definitely worth it….”

Mrs S instructing Louisa Adamson through the DPA scheme – November 14

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Louisa regularly undertakes work involving financial disputes between former spouses.

These frequently emotionally charged cases may involve not only properties, pensions and spousal maintenance agreements, but also financial provision for children, arguments about assets acquired either pre- or post- the marriage and cases where one of the parties has had particular child care responsibilities. Louisa has been involved in a number of cases where the preliminary argument before the Court is whether a previous agreement between the parties should stand. Louisa’s practice also involves cases where one or other of the parties is seeking either to vary or to enforce an Order.

Louisa is able to accept instructions for these cases through the Direct Public Access scheme.

Louisa Adamson's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Negotiating a settlement and avoiding final hearing costs

Louisa acted for a client in financial remedy proceedings following a long marriage. There were three children, the youngest of whom was 16. The matrimonial assets (2 properties, pensions and other savings) derived largely from damages received by Louisa’s client following childhood accident. Additionally, there were factual issues about whether the other party was now Continue reading

2nd marriage with pre-acquired assets

Acting for a wife who had brought into her second marriage a property and various savings.  The H asserted that he had made an equal contribution and that his needs (including repayment of a family debt) meant that he should receive more than a 50% share of the assets.  The H also claimed that he Continue reading

Achieving fair spousal maintenance Order

Louisa acted for the Husband in a case where the Wife was seeking not only a larger share of their capital assets but also spousal maintenance payments at a high level for a number of years given that she had not worked since the birth of the couple’s children. The impact of the Wife’s claims Continue reading

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Louisa Adamson's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

“Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday…at least it is all over….I can start to move forward with my life”

Mrs S N instructing Louisa Adamson through Solicitors – April 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

Parents accused of non-accidental injury of their child

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

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