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Priti Shah, Duncan Lewis

Priti Shah

Solicitor

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Profile / Experience

I joined the Duncan Lewis Barnet Family & Childcare legal department in November 2016 as an experienced family and childcare solicitor, with a dedicated background representing clients that are funded by legal aid. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2002, I have worked exclusively in the field of Family and Childcare law and have gained considerable experience in all aspects in this area. I have recently been recognised as an expert in this field by achieving The Law Society accreditation in the Children Law Scheme.

I hold a wide range of expertise in legal matters concerning children. In relation to my children law practice, I regularly assist with Child Arrangement Orders, where a child’s living arrangements and contact with a non-resident parent or relative needs to be determined to find the best way forward. In circumstances where there are threats for a child to be removed from a person’s care, I provide advice on a Prohibited Steps Order and also Specific Issues Orders. I advise and assist clients in matters where the Local Authority is involved with their child; this ranges from Child Protection Conferences, pre-proceedings under the Public Law Outline and Care Proceedings before the Court, where the Local Authority applies for a emergency protection, care or supervision order.

I assist clients - both adults and children - who are at risk or are victims of domestic violence by applying for injunctive protection from the courts in the form of a non-molestation order, often at very short notice.

In matters where the matrimonial relationship has broken down, I assist with both privately funded and publicly funded (legal aid) cases and can advise on divorce matters as well as any children matters that may arise from a divorce.

I am a confident advocate and aim to attend all court hearings, so as to provide a complete, seamless service to my clients. I am able to take instructions in Gujarati and Hindi fluently. Further to this, I have a working knowledge of Urdu and Punjabi. I take pride in forming an excellent relationship with my clients, working together to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice [LPC] - London Guildhall University, London
  • BA(Hons) Law with Marketing - De Montfort University, Leicester

Career

  • Solicitor, Duncan Lewis Solicitors 2016-present
  • Solicitor, Frank Brazell & Partners Solicitors 2002-2010
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in July 2002
  • Trainee Solicitor, Palis Solicitors 1999-2002

Testimonials

  • "Priti, thank you so much for all your help and the care you’ve put in organising my case for the court. I truly appreciate how you do your work with compassion. Thank you so much…I truly appreciate all that you have done” - Client, Zeinab Mohamed - 2018

Membership & Accreditations

  • The Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme

Interests

  • Charity work - I am a trustee of a registered UK charity and I am regularly involved in community work.
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • The theory of karma
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