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Maria Olivia Dennis , Duncan Lewis , Child Care Solicitor , Hackney

Maria Olivia Dennis

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I am a Solicitor in the Child Care team at Duncan Lewis.

I have a experience in a wide range of Childcare matters, including;
  • Divorce and Civil Partnership
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Representing spouses and cohabitation couples following the end of a marriage or relationship
The majority of my care proceedings involve representing parents, family members and children. In both my care and financial work I undertake the advocacy in the majority of my cases allowing continuity of representation for my clients.

I am a member of the Law Society's Children Panel which means I have demonstrated the required level of competence and specialist knowledge, as defined by the Law Society in all areas of children law and the representation of children. I am also an Advanced Member of the Family Law Panel.

Education

  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) - Lancaster Gate College of Law
  • LLB Hons - Anglia Ruskin University

Career

  • Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2013-present
  • Partner at Wiseman Lee LLP 2000-2010
  • Previous member of management committees for adults with mental health and learning difficulties.

Notable Cases

Court of Appeal
  • A-S (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 748 - Appeal by mother against a finding that she deliberately drowned her 7 month child. Appeal dismissed.

High Court
  • Re AD & AM (Finding of Fact: Non Accidental Injury) 2013 EWHC (Fam)

  • Re AD & AM (Finding of Fact: Non Accidental Injury) : Welfare 2014 EWHC 4899(Fam)

  • Re AD & AM (Finding of Fact: Application for re- hearing) : Welfare 2016 EWHC 326(Fam)

  • Re AD & AM (Finding of Fact: Application for re- hearing) : Welfare 2016 EWHC 2916Fam) - Instructed by the guardian on behalf if the children. The mother was a health professional and findings were made that she caused life threatening injuries to her 4 month old son. Mother applied for a re-hearing as a result of expert views expressed by medical experts some of whom where based internationally and in this country. Findings upheld and guidance given about the instruction of experts.

Membership & Accreditations

  • Advanced Member of the Law Society Family Law Panel
  • Law Society Children's Panel Member
  • Liberty
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