Awards Recommendation for Laila Bhunnoo
Laila Bhunnoo is a Recognised Practitioner in the 2019 editon of Chambers and Partners UK for her work in Children: Public Law Matters, London firms.
Chambers UK 2019 Edition.
Child Care / London
"...very knowledgeable and organised..."
Legal 500 2019 Edition.
Family / London
Chambers UK recommends Laila as a 'Noted Practitioner' for her Children Public Law work throughout London
Chambers UK 2018 Edition.
Children: Public Law Matters / London
"Laila Bhunnoo is a calm lawyer who stays on top of her workload."
Legal 500 2017 Edition.
Family / London
Further, for the last five years consecutively, Laila has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK Edition for her expertise in childcare matters. Legal 500 has described her as providing ‘excellent representation of parents and children in care proceedings’ and b
Legal 500 2016 Edition.
Family / London
I am a Solicitor-Advocate and a Director in the Family and Childcare department. I specialise in representing parents, children’s guardians and children in all Children Act matters. My practice covers:
- Special guardianship orders;
- Care orders;
- Supervision orders and emergency protection orders;
- Adoption within the UK and overseas;
- Child Abduction; and
- Forced Marriage Protection Orders and FGM Orders.
Further, my work also covers same sex relationship issues, which arise specific to alternative families. Although I am based in the company’s Shepherd’s Bush office, I have a wide practice assisting publicly funded clients throughout London. I often advise and assist privately funded clients from the company’s central London office in Victoria.
I have significant experience representing vulnerable teenagers, often separately from their Guardian when a conflict has arisen. I develop a relationship with them as sometimes I am the only adult who they are able to trust. Working to build trust with young people takes time, which I am always happy to give as the court process can be a challenging one.
I am currently ranked by Chambers UK 2019, a Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession, as a recognised practitioner for my family work in London. Furthermore, for the last six years consecutively, I have been recommended by The Legal 500 UK Edition for my expertise in childcare matters. The legal directories describe me as providing ‘excellent representation of parents and children in care proceedings’
and being ‘compassionate and insightful’
I am a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel as a Children Representative and I am an experienced advocate with Higher Rights of Audience, which entitles me to represent my clients at all levels of Courts. I am repeatedly the ‘solicitor of choice’ for Children Guardians in connection with Rule 16.4 appointments. I am often appointed in culturally complex cases – being one of the few Asian specialists in this area.
I have been interviewed on television, by Huw Edwards on BBC News in October 2012 for my views regarding child protection throughout England & Wales, in light of the revelations of Jimmy Saville, and whether there had been changes throughout the decades. I frequently contribute legal articles on various websites.
I was awarded Employer of the Year 2011 and 2016 by the National Mentoring Consortium for my work with the University of Westminster law students; mentoring BME university students to help them achieve a better understanding of the work place and developing their skills through increasing confidence in their own abilities.