Profile / Experience
I am a Consultant Solicitor in the Child Care Department at Duncan Lewis and practice around Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands area.
I have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of family and children law. Over the last 10 years I have practiced in Birmingham and I am well known to other professionals including the judiciary, court clerks, guardians and court staff within the Birmingham area.
I am a member of the Law Society Children Panel which enables me to represent children through their Children’s Guardian. This specialist qualification requires me to renew my panel membership on a five yearly basis thus ensuring that my legal knowledge and ability to deal with children subject to care proceedings continues to satisfy the strict criteria of panel membership.
Over the years I have practiced in all areas of family law including divorce and financial disputes between divorcing couples as well as unmarried couples who live together. I regularly deal with disputes about residence of children and contact with children. This wealth of experience gives me a well-grounded overall knowledge of the problems that families face in their daily lives. In addition to acting for Parents, my experience extends to include the representation of grandparents and extended family members also.
I have represented those clients who have been subjected to domestic abuse within their relationship; from this I have gained contacts with the local women’s aid groups. My experience also covers Adoption, Child Abduction, Declaration of Parentage, Special Guardianship Orders, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders and forced Marriage cases.
Over the last 11 years I have specialised in representing not only children but parents whose children have been removed from their care by the local authority. I have experience in representing those parents who have mental health issues and those who have learning difficulties.
I have appeared regularly before Magistrates, District Judges, and Circuit Judges. I have also represented clients in the local High Court and the High Court in London in order to present her client’s case. I have experience in running cases nationwide; including courts in Manchester, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Northampton, Coventry, and Warwickshire.