Emily

Emily has practised Child Law for in excess of 20 years and specialises in all aspects of care proceedings, emergency protection orders, special guardianship, deprivation of liberty of children, and adoption. Emily has a broad client base and is highly regarded for her work across Surrey, Kent and West Sussex. Emily applies a dedicated and “no nonsense” approach to her clients and her work, whilst also recognising the difficulties many families face and the need for empathy and understanding.

Emily qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has been an accredited Member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2009. A great number of Emily’s clients are recommended to her by both parents and professionals.

Emily has extensive experience of representing teenagers and older children in the most difficult of circumstances. Emily is an experienced court advocate and has considerable experience of many complex cases to include Non-Accidental Injury where there are concurrent criminal proceedings and Fabricated and Induced Illness cases.

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Sam

Sam is currently studying for a degree in Law at the University of the West of England, graduating in Summer 2020. Sam began his career in Family Law in the Autumn of 2019, and will be commencing the Legal Practice Course at the conclusion of his degree. Sam prides himself on being empathetic and approachable, whilst remaining pragmatic and direct.

Outside of work Sam is a keen brass player, participating in multiple bands competing on the Southern Counties circuit.

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Rita

Rita helps separating couples resolve disputes. She advises on all aspects that arise following the breakdown of a relationship, including divorce, financial settlement and children. She also advises on adoption and special guardianship applications.

She is committed to the Resolution Code of Practice promoting a constructive approach to resolving issues whilst considering the needs of the whole family and, in particular what is in the best interests of children. Rita’s conscientious approach to her work highlights her focus on each individual case and specifically what each client wants to achieve. This enables her to tailor the advice that is right for her clients and their family.

Rita qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1990 and since then has practised wholly in family law. Rita joined the Child Law Partnership in 2008.

Rita is also an experienced collaborative lawyer adept at resolving family disputes away from the court process.

  • Member and Accredited Specialist with Resolution – specialisms in Complex Financial and Property matters and Children Law
  • Collaborative Family Lawyer
  • Co-Chair of the Resolution Litigants in Person Committee
  • Rita has written several articles in the Legalease Family Law Journal
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Alex

Alex graduated from University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a degree in Forensic Science and Criminology. Alex then followed her desire to become a solicitor and completed her law degree at the University of Law in Guildford, before completing the Legal Practice Course.

Alex has a good understanding of care proceedings having been a paralegal for two years prior to the commencement of her training contract. During this time, she represented parents during the pre-proceedings process and continues to do so regularly. Alex now represents parents in court proceedings and is able to conduct some of her own advocacy.

Alex is able to assist clients in a competent and empathetic manner. She is motivated in getting the best possible outcome for her clients and ensures that her clients feel supported throughout any process.

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Karen

Karen is a highly successful lawyer at Child Law Partnership, specialising in proceedings relating to children, particularly care proceedings. Karen believes her success is as a result of her empathetic nature and her commitment to communicating with clarity and honesty.

Karen has extensive knowledge in all issues surrounding family law, having practised for over 12 years in this specialist subject area. Karen qualified as a solicitor in 1991, and has proven success in the field, with many of her clients coming from recommendations and previous client referrals.

Member of Association of Lawyers for Children.
Member of Law Society Children Panel

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Natasha

Natasha joined Child Law Partnership in 2016. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and initially undertook all areas of family work until specialising in children matters in 2004.

Natasha represents parents, children, grandparents and those who are vulnerable and require additional assistance. She also has experience representing local authority’s which assists in being able to consider clients cases from all angles and provide comprehensive advice.

Natasha is an experienced advocate appearing in all levels of court to represent her clients with a high level of expertise. Her wide range of cases have included complex injury, international issues, forced marriage, domestic abuse, addiction, deprivation of liberty and adoption.

Natasha is known for her empathic and robust representation of her clients.

Natasha’s additional experience has included training child care professionals in relation to court proceedings.

Natasha is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel.

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Justin

Justin is an experienced child care lawyer having specialised in child care law throughout his career. Having attended the Guildford College of Law, Justin qualified in 1992 moving to Southampton to set up the child care department in one of the South’s premier law firms becoming a member of the Children Panel in 1997. Justin later went on to set up his own practice before joining Child Law Partnership in February 2013.

Born in Hayes, Justin had the opportunity to travel during his childhood and lived in the United States for a short while, returning to England taking the long way round.

Justin represents parents, children and extended family members in proceedings in all courts whether the Family Proceedings, County or High Court, often receiving referrals from fellow lawyers, CAFCASS and social services, taking instructions direct from children when appropriate. He has experience in complicated care cases involving complex medical issues, as well as dealings with the press and was reported in the leading case on media publication of the details of children in court proceedings.

Justin is recognised as having an empathetic and child centred approach, giving sound and pragmatic advice.

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Sophia

Sophia has practised Child and Family law for over five years and is able to advise on all matters of Children Law. She has experience practising criminal law which provides useful knowledge in Children Law cases involving parallel/historic Criminal law proceedings or police involvement.

Sophia’s cases have included Care Proceedings involving factitious disorder (also known as Munchausen’s syndrome) and non-accidental injuries.

Sophia previously volunteered as a Legal Advisor at the GAIA Domestic Violence Centre for several years, assisting women living in Lambeth affected by Domestic Violence. Sophia conducted voluntary research for Addlestone Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) at Bronzefield Women’s prison.

Sophia is a member of the Law Society Children Panel having been accredited in August 2018.

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