Sandria Murkin

Sandria’s practice focuses on Family Law, particularly in cases involving children.

Sandria acts in all types of case involving children in Public and Private Law proceedings,– and has specialist experience of cases involving non-accidental injury to children, especially head injuries, broken bones, blood disorders, abnormalities and sexual abuse. Read more →

Sandria’s practice focuses on Family Law, particularly in cases involving children.

She came to the Bar after an initial career owning and running children’s day nurseries, and bringing up her own four children. She still owns a day nursery, and it was her experience of working with young children and their parents which inspired her to become a Barrister.

She is passionate about fighting the corner for people who are vulnerable, giving a voice to those who are feeling timid amid difficult circumstances; and her desire to protect the rights and wellbeing of children is at the heart of her approach.

Sandria genuinely enjoys meeting her clients, and prides herself on her ability to build relationships with people. Her prior experience often gives her particular insights into her clients’ circumstances, and she takes a pragmatic and non-judgmental approach.

In addition to Law, Sandria studied Psychology, and her knowledge in this area helps her to read people and identify with their issues. She likes to work collaboratively with her clients’ solicitors, which is particularly valued by more recently qualified solicitors, where her maturity often adds an additional level of reassurance for their clients.

Her approach to Family Law is very human. Whilst protecting the rights of children, she is always conscious of the emotional impact that legal procedures can have on both children and adults. At the same time she is never shy of reminding the adults involved of the realities of their situation – she will not shy away from having tough conversations with her clients, and works collaboratively to support the solicitors she works with in delivering difficult messages when necessary.

Sandria acts in all types of cases involving children in Public and Private Law proceedings – and has specialist experience of cases involving non-accidental injury to children, especially head injuries, broken bones, blood disorders, abnormalities and sexual abuse.

Public Law Children

Sandria’s work in this area encompasses cases involving the foster care of children, non-accidental injury and neglect. She is regularly instructed to work with parents in cases where there are issues of mental health or other vulnerabilities, and has extensive experience of working with families where an interpreter is needed. Sandria is also experienced in working with issues of Jurisdiction.

She prefers to take a long-term, holistic family view of cases where possible, always with the needs and rights of the child/ren at the fore, and will fight for support, assessment and ongoing review of a situation with the aim of enabling children to maintain contact with parents and siblings wherever possible.Sandria has particular experience of cases involving non-accidental injury to children, especially head injuries, broken bones, blood disorders, abnormalities and sexual abuse.

Sandria Murkin's Public Law Children Cases

Application for leave to oppose an adoption

Marie acted for a Mother in an application for leave to oppose an adoption. Following the placement of a child with prospective adopters for a significant time, such an application requires the parent to demonstrate a change of circumstances. This must demonstrate to the Court that she would have a serious prospect of success if Continue reading

Returning children, with support, to a Mother’s care

Sandria acted for the Mother in a case where a child had disclosed sexual abuse by the Father. The child had initially disclosed this to the Mother some time previously, but subsequently made further disclosures, of a more serious nature. Owing to the Father’s bail conditions, issues with alcohol and further disclosures, the Local Authority Continue reading

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Sandria Murkin's Testimonials for Public Law Children

“Please will you thank Sandria for another excellent job.”

Mrs S from firm of Solicitors instructing Sandria Murkin – March 16

Children - Private Law (CAP)

Sandria’s own experiences, both as a mother and as the owner of a nursery, help her to identify with the issues and concerns held by parents of children in these cases, and her naturally reassuring manner enables her to play a supportive role in the proceedings. At the same time, her clients appreciate her tenacity and determination when fighting their corner on their behalf.

Her consistent attitude towards cases involving children is that the rights of the child are foremost, and Sandria will always provide objective and balanced advice based on this. She is experienced in working on cases which additionally require injunctions against one or other party or may run parallel to other criminal proceedings.

In private law proceedings Sandria also often represents clients where there have been issues of domestic violence or threatening behaviour following a separation, including cases in which allegations of domestic violence or physical, emotional or sexual abuse of a child are made by one parent against the other.

Sandria Murkin's Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Supporting a Mother

Sandria represented a Mother, where the Father had made a further application to change a current CAO, which included changing the child’s arrangements from living with Mother to a shared care arrangement. The Father had previously applied to change the arrangements, but without changing the living arrangements. There was indication that the Father is controlling, Continue reading

Shared care agreement and agreement not to relocate

Sandria represented a Father in a case where the Mother wished to re-locate to another part of the country to live with a new partner. Sandria’s client had a close relationship with his child, having care every weekend. He had concerns about the status of the Mother’s new relationship, as well as about the profound Continue reading

Sandria Murkin's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“…I have spoken to the client and he asked that I pass on his thanks to you and for everything that you have done for him in these proceedings.  He appreciated all your efforts on his behalf…”

Mr Q from Solicitors instructing Sandria Murkin – March 17

“…I would like to express my eternal gratitude for your representation on my case…When I first met you I was immediately confident in your services and throughout the case I always felt reassured by your approach, I would certainly recommend you to anyone who was going through the same thing as I had and I will be calling on your services again if the matter ever came back to court…I wish you every success in the future…”

Mrs S instructing Sandria Murkin through Solicitors – August 16