Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the appointment of Idnan Deen and Shazia Saliheen as Directors of the firm’s Family & Childcare Department.
Legal 500 2015 “Top Tier Firm” Duncan Lewis Solicitors, who were shortlisted for the Family Law Firm of the Year award in the forthcoming 2015 edition of the Jordan’s Family Law Awards, are pleased to announce the appointment of Idnan Dean and Shazia Saliheen as Directors of the firm’s Birmingham and Leicester Family & Childcare Law Departments.
Duncan Lewis’ family and childcare team specialises in all aspects of family and private children law matters, with a particular family specialism in representing victims of domestic abuse and assisting in financial matrimonial matters relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship. The company holds a broad practice representing parents, family members and children through their children’s guardian in all children public law proceedings and are regularly appointed by Guardians to represent babies and young children in cases involving severe non-accidental injuries, fictitious illnesses and allegations of sexual abuse. The company’s childcare specialists have conduct in high profile international child abduction cases and regularly practice in inherent jurisdiction/forum disputes, international relocation cases, cross border care proceedings and wardship proceedings for the return of children taken out of the jurisdiction.
Idnan is a specialist in residence, contact, specific issue and prohibited step order applications. He acts in all children matters including; special guardianship orders, care orders, supervision orders and emergency orders; adoption within the UK and overseas; parental responsibility agreements; paternity disputes and surrogacy agreements. Other main area of expertise is working in matters with an international element. He is experienced in child abduction cases under the Hague Convention and has acted for parents abroad as well as those defending abduction claims.
Shazia specialises in Private law children matters including: residence, contact and other children applications and divorce, ancillary relief matters relating to financial disputes regarding assets of married couples including where there are assets abroad; advising and assisting couples in relationships and separation of assets; as well as injunctions and separation matters. Shazia has also been involved in Child Abduction matters and has assisted in the safe return of children who have been wrongfully removed.
Idnan and Shazia join the Directorship of the largest national Family & Childcare law department in the UK, practising from offices nationwide. With the addition of Idnan and Shazia, the Duncan Lewis Family & Childcare Department is headed by a 16-strong Board of Directors boasting 41 Specialist Law Society Panel members. Duncan Lewis is one of only a small number of firms that are on the Lord Chancellor’s International Child Abduction & Contact Panel (ICACU). ICACU is responsible for administering Hague Convention (Child Abduction) proceedings work in England.