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Lily Beweley-West, Duncan Lewis

Lily Beweley-West

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Profile / Experience

I joined the Family team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors in June 2021. Since then, I have assisted with a variety of public and private child law matters under the supervision of my director, Forida Hakim, and solicitor, Maria Olivia Dennis.

In public child law matters, I typically work with respondent parents where Local Authorities have issued care proceedings. I also assist clients with Public Law Outline (PLO) matters, which is the process a Local Authority initiates in an attempt to avoid intiating care proceedings. On the private child law side, I work with parents who are either applying for or responding to applications for Child Arrangements Orders in respect of their child(ren).

Prior to joining Duncan Lewis, I gained extensive experience in family law through volunteering as an advisor in two family law advice clinics and working as a legal assistant to a family barrister. I have also marshalled with a High Court Judge in the Family Court at Luton and shadowed numerous family barristers as a mini-pupil.

I completed the Bar Practice Course in 2020-21 and plan to qualify and practise as a barrister upon successful completion of pupillage.

Education

  • Law LLB (University of Sussex, Brighton): First Class Honours
  • Bar Practice Course with LLM (University of Law, London): Outstanding (BPC), Distinction (LLM)

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors: June 2021 - present
  • ULaw Legal Advice Centre (volunteer): November 2020 - May 2021
  • Family Barrister's Legal Assistant (self-employed): October 2020 - April 2021
  • Coram Children's Legal Centre: June 2019 - August 2019
  • Sussex Family Law Clinic (volunteer): September 2018 - May 2019

Membership & Accreditations

  • Family Law Bar Association

Interests

  • Running
  • Yoga
  • Cross-stitching
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