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Jane Wilson , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Caseworker , Harrow

Jane Wilson

Caseworker

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Family and Child Care departments at Duncan Lewis, having joined as a caseworker in 2014. I work on a variety of children, family, and domestic abuse matters, frequently representing parents whose children are subject to proceedings or the pre-proceedings process involving the local authority. Having trained as a barrister, I am a capable and experienced advocate and regularly represent my clients in court.

My caseload is varied and covers a wide range of family and childcare matters, this includes, care proceedings, placement orders, matters that involve adoption or fostering, and child protection matters. I assist both children and their families, often in matters where complex elements such as abuse, trafficking or mental health issues are present.

A number of my cases have featured an international element, this includes urgent wardship applications and child abduction matters. I am able to work effectively under extreme pressures in order to secure the best outcome for clients, even in an emergency situation.

I am committed to assisting the most vulnerable in society, particularly those with learning difficulties and those who are victims of abuse. I am empathetic and understanding and always work closely with my clients to fully understand their needs in order to represent their interests effectively and secure the best chances of a positive outcome. I undertake significant pro bono work with Women's Aid, assisting victims of domestic abuse, providing a fortnightly surgery in Aylesbury. I have also trained and practiced as a community mediator.

Education

  • Legal Practice Course - BPP Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law from Kaplan Law School
  • Bar Professional Training Course from Kaplan Law School
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2016-present

Testimonials

  • "Jane instructed me to represent a mother in care proceedings and at a contested final hearing that was won in the first instance but then successfully appealed by the local authority. The mother had a difficult case facing many challenges in being able to resume care of her child and was, ultimately, unsuccessful. Jane prepared the mother’s case with great thought and diligence. The client’s statement was one of the best I have read in 20 years at the Bar and this was due to Jane. Jane had carefully analysed the case against the client, made extensive inquiries about support and services, to obtain information and evidence to support the client’s case. She drafted a balanced, thoughtful and realistic statement. She pitched the case exactly right. She liaised with a support worker who assisted the client to understand the case intellectually and emotionally away from court and at court. Jane attended every day of the final hearing to support the client inside and outside court. She managed to be very sensitive and supportive without becoming over involved and so maintained a professional distance. Although the client ultimately lost the case it was clear to me that the client understood and valued all Jane had done for her. I was immensely impressed with Jane’s ability as a lawyer both intellectually and in supporting our client. I thought her skills were way beyond what I would expect in many experienced solicitors, never mind a young solicitor. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jane to clients or instructing Jane to represent me if I was ever in need of a family law solicitor." - Barrister of 22 years
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