We are delighted to announce that family and child care director Krina Parmar and international family law solicitor Helen Newman have been shortlisted for Family Law Partner of the Year and International Family Lawyer of the Year respectively at this year’s LexisNexis Family Law Awards.
Director of family and child care at the firm’s Birmingham, Leicester, Luton, Swansea, and Milton Keynes offices, Krina undertakes a range of both of private and public children work, including child arrangement orders, specific issue orders, and prohibited steps orders.
With her work largely consisting of cases of serious non-accidental injuries, some of which involve incidents where babies have died, sexual allegations are made, or involve complex and sensitive cultural or international elements, Krina does not shy away from taking on ‘difficult’ matters. A key example of this attitude being her current representation of a father in an application by the local authority (LA) for a forced marriage protection order (FMPO), and whose daughter – the subject of the proceedings – has severe mental health difficulties.
Her proficiency in assisting the vulnerable also translates into her heavy involvement with pro bono surgeries – particularly for various Women’s Aid – and local contact centres, where she trains professionals in supporting victims of domestic abuse, forced marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
This is not the first time Krina’s expertise has been recognised this year, she was shortlisted for the Family Law Lawyer of the Year award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) Awards.
Since joining Duncan Lewis in March 2019, Helen has been involved in numerous child abduction cases including a case setting legal precedent in the Court of Appeal which confirmed that onward removal of a child from a Hague Convention country to this jurisdiction but where the retention had taken place in an non-Hague country, retention continued to be a “justiciable retention” and an order was made for the return of the child to Australia.
Her proficiency as an international family law expert is well-regarded and in November 2019 she was honoured by the Society of Friends of Abandoned Children Smile as a Gift, and the Association of Family Judges in Slovakia with an award for her ‘outstanding bravery, compassion, and humanitarian engagement of children’s rights not to be separated from their families under Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.’
Receiving such an award is a testimony to the work Helen carries out concerning international child abduction. With over 40 years’ experience, Helen is a leading authority on the subject having had a case heard – the first ever family case from England – at the Court of Justice of the European Union, which is now firmly embedded into English national law. The majority of her clients are foreign nationals and Helen strives to ensure that their ethnicity, cultural, and national identities are understood within the English legal system.
We are incredibly proud of both Krina and Helen on their shortlistings which are testimony to the hard work they have carried out in the last year and in particular during the recent challenging times where their work has been even more appreciated than ever.
This year’s awards will be taking place online on the 25th November – we wish Krina and Helen the best of luck and will be joining them in support on the evening.