I have recently re-joined Wollens as a member of the Childcare Team having experience in this field of law of over 16 years.
I represent parents in pre-proceedings (PLO) with the local authority and within complex care proceedings through the Family Court as well as advising grandparents who seek to care for their grandchildren.
I also represent parents who face allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of their children, with parents dealing with mental health issues, alcohol and drug dependency and with parents who have learning disabilities or learning difficulties.
I have experience in representing parents who require the added support and representation from the Official Solicitor and who would be considered a protected party. This can be quite complex and require attuned representation but is something that I particularly enjoy within my role as a parent lawyer.
I undertake my own advocacy at meetings and at Court hearings.
I have also built up excellent working relationships with barristers specialising in this work, along with other professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, intermediaries/advocates and support workers which enables me to form the most appropriate support and advice network for the parent that I am assisting.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and engaging in community activities. I am a Trustee of the Kingsway Residents Association and Honorary Secretary of the Richard Newton Hall Association in Teignmouth. In November 2020 my husband was elected Mayor of Teignmouth so I am now honoured and privileged to serve the Town as Lady Mayoress which is exciting and challenging in these rather peculiar times of Covid-19.