I am a Solicitor in the Childcare and Family Law Department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. I graduated from Birkbeck University in 2007 with a 2:1 Honours degree in Law. I then went on to do the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London successfully completing in 2010.
My caseload from the start of my career at Duncan Lewis has mainly consisted of Public Law children matters working alongside panel solicitors and children's guardians with cases involving multiple complex issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, non-accidental injuries, physical and sexual abuse and mental health issues. I have the added dimension of having completed a seat in Mental Health. I have a passion for assisting vulnerable clients and legally aided clients and conduct my own advocacy. I have considerable experience in representing parents and other family members in care proceedings as well as dealing with Wardship matters.
I also undertake all forms of Private Law children work, including residence, contact and disputes over issues such as schooling and medical treatment. I am able to deal sensitively with the often difficult circumstances of such applications as well as offering realistic and practical advice. I recently represented a client who had a number of contested applications in private family law - Non Molestation Order, Occupation Order, Child Arrangements Order and a Transfer of Tenancy. Client was successful in all applications. I have recently successfully made an application for a S91 (14) Children Act 1989 – a barring act – a draconian order prohibiting the Applicant Father from making repeated and unreasonable applications for Contact without seeking the Court’s permission.
“Genet has been a real gem from the start of my case to the finish. She has an eye for detail and knowledge in what she does. She has been a real support to me in this critical time in mine and my children’s lives” - Alex, client (2015)
“I would like to thank you personally for all your help in XXXX’s case; I know she found you to be a great support.” - Client’s Mother (2016)
“I just want to thank you for all the help, support and encouragement on my case. You have been an amazing rock of wisdom and calmness in my chaotic life and I know this is your job, but you have gone above and beyond the call of duty for me.” (Client 2015)
I am actively involved in the local area have set up a number of free legal surgeries working with vulnerable clients and service providers. Prior to joining Duncan Lewis I undertook pro-bono work as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau Specialist Family Advice Centre, based at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Outside of work, I enjoy the theatre, travelling and spending time with family. I am also fluent in Amharic and able to understand basic French.