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

Helping a troubled family to avoid foster care

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

Keeping a family together in the family home

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

Representing a vulnerable Mother and children

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

Articles by Sandria Murkin

RELOCATION and the impact of Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305

This case has afforded an important decision as well as being an excellent opportunity to review and consider the principles to be applied in cases of relocation and the different approaches to internal relocation and international relocation cases. This was carried out by Lady Justice Black in her judgment which carefully reviews all the authorities Continue reading

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

Helping a Mother to provide stability for her children

Sandria represented the Mother in her application to alter the shared care arrangement made several months previously for two young children. The Mother had convictions for ABH and a restraining order against her in relation to the Father, but had now successfully completed a number of courses and the freedom project. In the meantime the Continue reading

Acting for a Father to achieve a shared care agreement

Sandria acted for a Father in a child arrangement application. Her client sought a defined contact and a shared care arrangement as the Mother was, despite agreeing contact at separation, beginning to withhold contact, or cancel it without proper cause. Through working closely with her client, Sandria was able to demonstrate the Mother’s controlling nature, 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

Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

Sandria takes a broad brush approach to financial remedy cases, looking for creative solutions to both parties’ needs – particularly when children’s needs also need to be met.

She looks for mutually beneficial outcomes which also protect any children involved, and works closely with her clients to identify and clarify the various options open to them, ensuring that they are fully aware of the possible scenarios and implications which may arise.

Whilst she is known to be highly capable and determined when defending a client’s position as far as a final hearing, she is also an effective negotiator, with a pragmatic approach to finding alternative solutions where they are in her clients’ best interests.

Sandria Murkin's Divorce & Matrimonial Finance Cases

Long-running financial remedy case

Sandria represented a mother in a case running (to date) for over 7 years. Following the original separation, the father took her to court for shared care arrangements over their two children. The couple, who lived close to each other after separation attempted to divide care by alternate weeks, but without success, and the case Continue reading

Sandria Murkin's Testimonials for Divorce & Matrimonial Finance

“….i feel they have an exact idea of the case as my Barrister has represented me for 5 years and we have a good understanding between us….i think the service overall has been wonderful through from the Clerks to my Barrister….”

Mrs B instructing Sandria Murkin through the DPA scheme & Instructing Solicitors – 2009 – 2014