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Genet Amare , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Solicitor , Shepherds Bush

Genet Amare

Solicitor

Profile / Experience

I am a Supervising Solicitor in the Family and Child Care Department.

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 in cases involving multiple complex elements which I have had conduct of including child sexual exploitation, secure accommodation orders, non-accidental injuries, physical and sexual abuse, and mental health issues. I also have had conduct of matters that have involved domestic violence and drug and alcohol misuse. I have the added advantage of having completed a seat in mental health before qualifying, and I have a passion for assisting vulnerable and legally aided clients. I conduct my own advocacy, and I represent Guardians in care proceedings and also on rule 16.4 matters. I also have considerable experience representing parents and other family members in care proceedings as well as dealing with wardship matters.

I additionally undertake all forms of private law children work, including residence, contact, and disputes over issues such as schooling and medical treatment. I deal sensitively with the often difficult circumstances of such applications as well as offering realistic and practical advice. I have experience of representing those who have numerous contested applications in private family law, including non molestation orders, occupation orders, child arrangements orders, and a transfer of tenancy. I have also 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.

I am an accredited Law Society Children Panel Member.

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.

I am fluent in Amharic.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) - 2010
  • LLB Honours, Birbeck University - 2007

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors, 2011-present
  • Admitted as a solicitor, January 2016

Testimonials

  • “I express my gratitude to Ms. Amare...without her assistance and efforts, which have gone beyond what is usual, matters would not have progressed as they have.” - Judge Sapnara, 2019
  • “I would like to thank you personally for all your help...you [were] a great support.” - Client’s mother, 2016
  • "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." - Client, 2015
  • "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

Membership & Accreditations

  • Law Society Children Panel Accredited Member

Interests

  • Theatre
  • Travelling
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