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Candace Benjamin , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Freelance Solicitor , Luton

Candace Benjamin

Consultant

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Profile / Experience

I am a Consultant Children Law Solicitor with Duncan Lewis and practice in Luton and throughout the South East.

I advise both privately funded and publicly funded (legal aid) clients throughout the South East on a broad range of children matters and regularly undertake my own advocacy. I specialise in advising parents on disputes concerning the arrangements for children, (formerly known as contact and residence disputes), and the range of orders available to them and regularly represents clients in private law children’s proceedings. I also act in cases with an international element and a career highlight for me was being involved in acting for a client in the Court of Appeal case of Re R (a child) 2013 EWCA Civ 1115.

I advise and represent parents and other family members in cases involving social services and in public law care proceedings. My cases involve complex issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, neglect, mental health issues and learning disabilities. I am known for representing my clients attentively and with sensitivity. I am skilled at representing vulnerable clients in domestic violence cases and I have a particular interest in this area. I am passionate about access to justice and regularly advise clients at pro bono clinics and surgeries.

I have previous extensive background in immigration, asylum and human rights and worked in a supervisory capacity at the Immigration Advisory Service and an East London immigration firm, as well as a period spent at the Refugee Legal Centre. I also previously worked in an advisory role at the Charity Commission.

Education

  • Masters LLM in Public International Law

Career

  • Consultant Solicitor with Duncan Lewis, September 2014-present
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in March 2010
  • Trained with Fisher Meredith (Kennington office)

Testimonials

  • "Candace is an exemplary professional and this shone through with all aspects of her work. She was always very polite and courteous during our many meetings and she never made me feel that I was ever overstaying my welcome. She would follow up all meetings/telephone calls with emails/letters to reflect the points raised and reiterate the (excellent) advice she endorsed." - Client, 2015

  • “Her experience and knowledge were evident in the thoughtful and structured approach she took in taking my case through to the final hearing. She prepared very carefully considered letters to the opposition solicitors which demonstrated her first-rate listening skills and exhaustive attention to detail.” - Client, 2017

  • “Given the minefield that is the Family Court, Candace was able to diligently steer me through to the best outcome I could have hoped for. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any other person who found themselves in a similar situation to mine." - Client, 2018
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