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Harshila Shah , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Freelance Solicitor , Harrow

Harshila Shah


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Profile / Experience

I have practised family law since I qualified as a solicitor. I am an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel, children’s representative since 1994. I specialise in representing children in care proceedings and private law cases through guardians. I have also taken instructions directly from children and have represented parents and grandparents in public law cases.

The cases I have been involved with have covered the following areas:

  • Complex Non Accidental Injuries where there have been deaths of babies or other serious injuries;
  • Cases of neglect, emotional harm and sexual abuse;
  • Cases involving several children with differing needs;
  • Cases involving several parties and interveners;
  • Cases involving placement abroad;
  • Rule 16.4 – representation of children in private law proceedings;
  • Adoption and Placement Orders; and
  • Special Guardianship Orders.

I undertake advocacy and have represented clients at all levels of court.

I have also worked for various Local Authority Legal Department’s for a number of years and I therefore have experience and knowledge of Children’s Services protocols and procedures.

I am in a unique position whereby I understand the complexity of a case from the perspectives of both the Local Authority and the other parties.

I can appreciate how and why Local Authorities may have made decisions in a certain way and with my particular insight I can advance a case for my client by negotiating and where appropriate challenging those decisions in the interest of the party I am representing.

I have worked with guardians in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.

I was a committee member for Hertfordshire Family Law Group, which brought together professional from all disciplines involved with family disputes such as Cafcass officers, counsellors, Judges, legal advisers, and mediators. I was also a committee member for Hemel Hempstead Contact Centre, and Hertfordshire Family Mediation Service.

I am fluent in Gujarati and am able to understand basic Hindi.


  • LLB Honours


  • Admitted as a solicitor – Nov 1988
  • Working for leading Hertfordshire Family Law Firms Bretherton Law and Consultant for 10years with Hepburn Delaney
  • Working for Local Authorities in and Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors – June 2014 to present as Child Care Consultant


"Harshila is a very experienced Children’s Panel solicitor and I feel very confident about the advice she provides which is particularly important if issues are not clear. She engages well with clients. She made good arrangements for support to continue when she was on leave which was very important as this was a key time in the case."

Membership & Accreditations

  • Memberships & Accreditations
  • Law Society Children Panel since 1994
  • Family Law
  • Association for Lawyers for Children.


  • Cycling
  • Walking
  • Community work
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