Clive Styles's Public Law Children Cases

Seeking a Special Guardianship Order within care proceedings

Clive acted for a Grandmother seeking a Special Guardianship Order to care for her grandchildren. The Local Authority’s plan was for adoption. At first instance, before the Lay Justices, the Local Authority succeeded in its application for final care order and placement orders. However, Clive recommended that the decision should be appealed. Clive prepared the Continue reading

Clearing a Mother of allegations of physical harm

Clive represented a Mother at an interim care hearing where there were concerns about his client’s child having suffered significant physical harm. The Local Authority’s plan was to remove the child to foster care while further investigations were carried out. Clive successfully argued that a family placement would be more appropriate. This sensible approach to Continue reading

Child sexual abuse / exploitation case with jurisdictional issues

Clive acted for a respondent parent in lengthy fact finding hearings in the High Court that involved serious allegations including child prostitution, rape and drug misuse. The hearings generated a huge volume of paperwork which needed to be assimilated and understood. The case dealt with jurisdictional issues as well as various applications concerning disclosure, whether Continue reading