"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a reputable family practice which garners praise for its public children law expertise. The department has experience in care proceedings involving mental health issues and FGM, among other complex matters, and is bolstered by additional strength in deprivation of liberty cases."Chambers UK 2024 Edition.
"An 'extremely knowledgeable' and "hugely capable" family and child care team. The department specialises in representing clients who are facing emergency situations and frequently supports on child relocation, sexual harm, safeguarding and domestic abuse issues. It runs a culturally diverse caseload and specialises in international child abduction cases. "They have excellent client service and have a fundamental grasp of the legal issues in complex cases and have the ability to relay that to their clients in an understandable and user friendly manner".Legal 500 2023 Edition.
“Duncan Lewis Solicitors fields a large family and child care team, providing advice on a broad range of matters including domestic violence, complex divorce and separation cases, and financial settlements. The team also has considerable experience in care proceedings and cross-border disputes.”Legal 500 2022 Edition.
"Family law team handling a wide range of both financial remedy and children work, with notable expertise in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Adept at handling difficult children law matters on both a public and private basis, with substantial experience in cases concerning abuse, child sexual exploitation and forced marriage, among other issues."Chambers UK 2022 Edition.
"Reputable family practice which garners praise for its public children practice. Department expertise includes FGM and care proceedings involving mental health issues. Team is bolstered by additional strength in deprivation of liberty matters. Frequently acts on behalf of vulnerable clients as well as guardians."Chambers UK 2022 Edition.
“Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a broad range of experience and handles all aspects of family law. Key specialisms include representing the victims of domestic violence and assisting clients with securing a financial settlement following the breakdown of a marriage. The team also handles matters such as special guardianship orders, the distribution of business assets and the international movement of children, as well as protecting clients in emergency situations in cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual assault, grooming or forced marriages.”Legal 500 2021 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has particular expertise representing divorce abuse victims under legal aid and have niche experience in Islamic divorce."Legal 500 2016 Edition.
"Duncan Lewis Solicitors has a very large legal aid practice, and is an ‘undoubted force in international children law’."Legal 500 2015 Edition.
Our Child Care Law department approaches each case with a level of understanding only achievable through specialising in child care law. Whether involving social services, or a private law matter, it is important to be represented by those who understand how the law may affect you and your family.
We advise and represent parents, other family members, children and children’s guardians in all Public Law proceedings. These include proceedings where the Local Authority have applied for Emergency Protection Orders, Care Orders or where parents apply for contact with children in care and discharge of Care Orders. We can also advise and assist where children are voluntarily accommodated and will attend Child Protection Conferences. We are there to support parents and provide them with advice and empower them during this difficult time.
Full public funding is usually granted to all parents and children involved in public law cases, regardless of financial means.
We also specialise in acting for children, parents and family members in other disputes i.e. where parents are separated and there are problems in facilitating contact or a dispute as to where the child should reside. Similarly, we are able to provide expert advice to adopted parents and the birth parents who are considering adoption. On the issue of child abduction, where a child is taken abroad without a parent’s permission, we are one of a small list of firms in the UK (called the ICACU referral list) that are accredited by the Law Society, and recognised by the UK Government, to deal with international child abduction work.
The Duncan Lewis Child Care Law department includes members of the Law Society Children and Family Panel Members. The majority are also members of the Association for the Lawyers for Children, and Resolution (formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association). We have a number of Solicitor-Advocates in our team, which means we are able to provide advocacy at all levels of Court to ensure continuity and consistency for all of our clients. We have acquired a number of kite-marks which are testament to the quality of the specialised work our staff undertake.
We have had several high profile cases, which have been reported, which include caste, underage marriages and international elements.