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 leave to oppose was granted.
This sort of case requires very sensitive management and a close working relationship between the Barrister and Instructing Solicitor to manage the client’s expectations throughout what is undeniably a very emotional situation.
In this case, the application was unsuccessful, and case required Sandria’s ability to provide robust advice and thorough explanations – given honestly but sensitively. It also required her to put in place a co-operation strategy with the Local Authority representatives to ensure that support could be put in place for her client.