I have worked as a solicitor for 20 years (qualifying in 1999) focusing throughout that time on family law.
My work involves representing parents and children (through their Children’s Guardian or directly if legally competent) in care cases and I have significant experience of difficult cases that deal with allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injuries, shaken baby syndrome, death of a child, faked illness or factitious disorder, neglect and social deprivation, teenage parents and cultural issues including forced marriage, FGM and honour based violence.
I also represent children in complex cases between their parents where they are joined as a party within proceedings and appointed a Children’s Guardian.
I undertake cases in the Court of Protection involving teenagers moving from care to adult services and vulnerable adults where there are concerns around safeguarding.
I am regularly instructed by advocates to represent those who are deprived of their liberty and wish to challenge placements in a care home or other authorised setting and represent those who lack capacity through the offices of the Official Solicitor as litigation friend. I can also help family members who are involved in a health and welfare dispute about their family member such as where they should live or who they should have contact with.
I am a local committee member of Resolution, the professional group for family lawyers who take a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law disputes and am a member of the management committee of a local refuge.
I am an accredited Resolution specialist in the areas of children law and financial settlements on divorce and a Law Society specialist children panel member which recognise my expertise in these areas of law. I am a trained family mediator.
I was involved in the pioneering Resolution Family Matters project as a guide providing impartial, bespoke legal assistance to separating couples.
I am recognised as a Next Generation lawyer in the Legal 500 and described as ‘well versed in dealing with public law children issues and financial separation matters including sexual abuse and exploitation.’