Partner - Family & Child Law
Trained with Clyde and Co
English, German, French (Basic)
I joined MW Solicitors in 2007. I have specialised in Family Law since 1989 and, in particular, proceedings relating to children. I have held the Law Society's Children Law Accreditation since 1991.
I regularly act for parents and children in care proceedings and private law matters including child arrangements orders (covering contact and residence), specific issues and prohibited steps. I advise parents where there are child protection concerns and in respect of Child Protection Conferences. I am instructed by Guardians to act on behalf of children but also act directly for children of sufficient maturity.
I am often asked to advise on proposed special guardianship orders and support plans, and to represent special guardians.
I have a particular interest in adoption, both domestic and international, and am frequently instructed to represent adopters. I also receive instructions to act for children from Children's Guardians in international adoptions and advise several adoption agencies.
I advise on adoption support plans and on disputes between adopters and local authorities about adoption support.
I have an interest in international child abduction and am on the referral list of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit to represent parents seeking to secure the return of their children from England and Wales.