Sophie Gray's Public Law Children Cases

Supporting a step-father through contested adoption

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

Special Guardianship Order

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

Opposing an Interim Care Order

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

Opposing an Emergency Protection Order

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