Corey Mills

Since 1992/93 he has specialised in family law and his practice now encompasses all areas of family law in particular proceedings for a financial remedy including TOLATA cases and family disputes over children (both Public and Private law). Read more →

Corey has many years of experience in all areas of family law.

Originally a criminal law practitioner, he learned the art of advocacy in the criminal courts of London before moving to Kent in 1990. Since 1992/93 he has specialised in family law and his practice now encompasses all areas of children law including:

  • care proceedings where a Local Authority has applied for a care, supervision or placement order (Public Law);
  • family disputes over children (Private Law) under the Children Act 1989. Corey also has considerable experience of applications to remove a child from the jurisdiction or to change a child’s surname.

Corey acts for clients from all walks of life, and takes a thorough, professional approach to all his work. He is known to be understanding and friendly, supporting his clients through the legal process and providing advice that enables them to understand their options and make informed decisions. He is skilled in advising and representing clients in all aspects of family law and is known for his sympathetic and professional approach. His advocacy on his clients’ behalf is competent, robust and persuasive.

Within public law and private law proceedings he has represented parents, grandparents, step-parents, and children, including those with disabilities, learning difficulties or substance abuse issues.

Corey has the ability to communicate effectively with and support all types of client, whether working with those who may be nervous and unfamiliar with the court system, or with the business/professional client. He is very competent at drafting documents, and is familiar with analysing experts’.

Public Law Children

Care Proceedings (Public Law) cases include defending against Emergency Protection Orders, interim care orders, final care order and applications to permanently remove children from the family, whether in foster care or by application for placement order for adoption.

Corey regularly represents parents, grandparents, extended family members, children and guardians in care proceedings, as well as family members seeking Special Guardianship Orders.

Clients represented by Corey include those suffering from a disability, learning difficulties or substance abuse issues, where his ability to explain and advise in a clear calm manner has proved invaluable. Corey is used to working with interpreters, including sign language interpreters.

Corey Mills' Public Law Children Cases

Special guardianship order to maternal uncle

Corey acted for an intervenor in a public law/care case involving two children, which followed on from public law proceedings concerning five older children. All the children had special needs. Special guardianship to maternal uncle was recommended, but was not accepted by the Father. Fact finding and final hearing were combined, involving the Mother and Continue reading

Support for a Mother to retain care of children

Corey represented the respondent Mother in care proceedings based on chronic neglect, and actual and threatened emotional and physical harm to three children. The parents both have learning disabilities, and possibly undiagnosed cognitive disabilities. A Part 25 application was made for a PAMS (Parenting Assessment Manual Software) trained independent social work parenting assessment. Since there Continue reading

Special Guardianship for a grandparent

Corey acted for a paternal grandfather in care proceedings brought against parents who had substance misuse and parenting issues. Corey met the grandfather at the first hearing, and stayed with the case all the way through to final hearing. He explained and supported the client through the process of becoming a party to the case, Continue reading

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Children - Private Law (CAP)

Private family law proceedings include disputes over with which parent the children should live, under what circumstances and for how long the other parent should have contact. Both now come under the umbrella term of ‘Child Arrangement Orders’.

Other private family disputes include: applications to remove or prevent the removal of a child from the country or to a different part of the country, disputes over the child’s religious or cultural upbringing, over which school the child should attend, and disputes over the child’s surname.

Corey also has considerable experience of all these aspects of private law proceedings as well as disputes over paternity, parental alienation and implacable hostility cases, shared care cases and injunctions.

He has represented parents, grandparents and extended family members at many levels within the Family Court system, as well as victims of domestic abuse in cases bought by or against perpetrators. Corey has also acted for fathers alleged to be perpetrators of domestic violence as well as representing parents with substance abuse problems, mental health difficulties or physical disabilities.

Corey Mills' Children - Private Law (CAP) Cases

Protecting children and retaining the family home

Corey acted for the mother on an application by the father for a child arrangements order for contact. The parties had separated in acrimonious circumstances, in which the father had allegedly assaulted both Corey’s client and her older child by a previous relationship. No criminal proceedings were brought against the father by police due to Continue reading

Protecting children from father

Corey acted for the children in a case in which a private law Guardian had been appointed to represent the children’s best interests. Their father had applied for contact, which the mother opposed on the basis of his inappropriate behaviour. Under Corey’s expert cross-examination the father admitted inappropriate behaviour (particularly possessing child pornography, which had Continue reading

Complex jurisdiction case involving three countries

Corey acted for the mother of a very young child of dual nationality born in the UK to remove the child from the jurisdiction of the UK permanently. The mother was Chinese, the father Italian. The mother wanted to return to China permanently, but the father opposed her emigration with the child. The case required Continue reading

Articles by Corey Mills

Update to Part 3A and Practice Direction 3AA of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and section 63 Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

This is an update to an article I published on Becket Chambers’ website in April 2022 entitled “Participation Directions in Family Proceedings, the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and sexually explicit material.” This article examines how Part 3A and Practice Direction 3AA of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (“FPR”) and section 63 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 Continue reading

Participation Directions in Family Proceedings, the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and sexually explicit material

The use of intimate images in private law family proceedings is all too common.  Mrs Justice Knowles, sitting in the High Court, gave guidance on this issue and made suggestions as to how such images should be admitted into and managed within private law children proceedings in a judgment handed down on 29.4.22.  The case Continue reading

Corey Mills' Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

The client has asked me to pass on her gratitude to Corey, for all his efforts on the case.  She is delighted with the outcome and that it was settled by consent in the end.  She found Corey to be very clear, and concise.

Mrs B from Solicitors Instructing Corey Mills – April 2021

“….Corey was wonderful. He constantly reassured me throughout the process…..your service is fantastic….”

Mrs S instructing Corey Mills through Instructing Solicitors – January 2014