Representing a parent in a complex case

Holly acted for a mother in proceedings brought by her former partner, who was alleging that the mother was implacably hostile towards him, was refusing pre-agreed contact and was alienating the child.

Holly’s particular role in this case involved supporting the solicitor in managing their client, who had initially agreed contact but subsequently refused to allow it. The client had also made allegations that the father was guilty of sexual abuse, however these were not found at the fact-finding hearing, and in fact prompted the father to apply for a residence order for his child, rather than just contact.

The case highlights Holly’s ability to take an objective view, with the long-term welfare of a child in mind, whilst managing her client’s emotional and challenging responses to a situation.

Holly’s client retained residence and the father’s application for a residence order was refused, however the Judge also made a contact order in his favour.