Leo

Leo is a trainee solicitor based in our Portsmouth office. Leo has previous experience working in private family law and children act proceedings in the Home Counties and has advocated in a number of hearings in these proceedings all across the country. He also has experience as a mediator working mainly around tenant disputes. Leo currently assists in pre-proceeding meetings for care matters and assists with the day to day running of them.

Leo graduated with a Law degree at the University of Portsmouth in 2018, before completing his Legal Practice Course and Master’s in Law at the University of Law in 2019.

Leo is hard working and driven to succeed in life. He consistently seeks to provide a calm and collected approach in addressing high intensity situations.

In his free time Leo likes to socialise with his friends and attend rugby and football matches, particularly his beloved Chelsea Football Club.

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Beth

Beth is a Paralegal in our Portsmouth office, working for solicitors Charlotte Hember, Mary-Anne Beedle and Alison Goldring. Beth assists with care proceedings and private children act matters, and attends pre-proceedings meeting with clients.

Beth graduated with a Law degree from the University of Plymouth in 2019, before completing her Legal Practice Course and Masters degree at the University of Law in 2020.

Beth prides herself on being empathetic and approachable, and strives to ensure clients feel supported throughout any proceedings.

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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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Alison

Alison qualified as a solicitor initially training in 2005 and commenced practicing in the Brighton area in 2007. She moved to Portsmouth in 2012 and has been instructed frequently to represent children, Guardians, parents and Grandparents on a wide range of child related matters.

Alison is an experienced advocate and has represented clients at complex final hearings and fact findings in care proceedings. She has conducted a wide range of care cases over her career including non-accidental injury, factitious illness, sexual abuse and cases with foreign elements.

Alison has been instructed on protracted child arrangement orders proceedings and removal from the jurisdiction proceedings under Rule 16.4 for children by Guardians, as well as in relation to Special Guardianship orders, adoption proceedings, secure accommodation and wardship.

Alison has previously volunteered at RISE in Brighton, a charity set up to support and assist women who are victims of domestic abuse and conducted voluntary drop in appointments at the CAB.

Alison is down to earth and professional and has frequent repeat clients.

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Charlotte

A member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, Charlotte specialises in child care law and regularly represents parents and other family members in all stages of public law, from initial Local Authority involvement to court proceedings.

Charlotte also has a wealth of experience dealing with matters involving domestic abuse, regularly receiving referrals from several domestic abuse support agencies.

Charlotte is an approachable and honest lawyer who works tenaciously to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

Charlotte is a strong advocate who regularly receives referrals from various support agencies, local authorities and other lawyers.

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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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