I joined Duncan Lewis in March 2017 as a consultant solicitor, based in Nottingham.
I represent children and parents in care proceedings and other public law children cases, as well as children who are joined as parties to private law proceedings. I have extensive experience in this field and I am quite well known as a Nottingham 'care bear'. I conduct my own advocacy wherever feasible and consistent with the client's best interests.
Re A 1997 - Solicitor with conduct of successful appeal to Court of Appeal for mother who was refused leave to apply for contact while a section 91(14) restriction was in force. Thorpe LJ set out the test to be applied in such cases, namely an arguable case.
2016 unreported - Advocate and solicitor with conduct of inherent jurisdiction proceedings before Keehan J for child of a man who was on remand (and later sentenced to 8 years) for preparing an act of terrorism.
2016 unreported - Advocate and solicitor with conduct of care proceedings for Polish woman resident in Germany who sought SGO for her granddaughter with severe cerebral palsy after a non accidental shaking injury. Successfully avoided wardship proceedings proposed by local authority and achieved transition to Germany using the provisions of Brussels II Revised.
2016 unreported - Advocate and solicitor with conduct of inherent jurisdiction proceedings before Keehan J for two children who were visiting Pakistan with their parents when both parents were murdered, apparently by mother's family in 'honour based violence'.