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.