Henry

Henry is a paralegal based in our Southampton office, but meeting with clients across all of our offices. Henry covers case work matters including protective injunctions, private children act matters, and other legal aid matters. Henry can assist with initial advice before or in ongoing proceedings and advocacy.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws at City University in London Henry began working for a private family firm in central London. There he became the sole fee earner on an ever-growing number of family matters while gaining daily advocating experience. Now, Henry thoroughly enjoys his role with Child Law Partnership and the opportunity to manage, progress and complete his own cases. Henry prides himself on his empathetic approach, while remaining pragmatic and direct.

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Imogen

Imogen is a paralegal in our Southampton office, working for solicitors Elizabeth Pritchard, Justin Belcher and Shelia Bagoban. Imogen assists with care proceedings and private children act matters, and attends pre proceedings meetings with clients.

Imogen will complete her Graduate Diploma in Law in June 2020 and will then be undertaking a Legal Practice Course with a view to qualify as a Child Law Solicitor in 2022. Imogen graduated with a history degree from Kings College London in 2016 and has previously worked as a paralegal in a Private Client department with experience in Wills, Probate and Court of Protection.

Imogen lives in the New Forest with her partner. She enjoys walking her dog in the forest, swimming and yoga.

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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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Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a highly experienced child care lawyer having specialised in child care law throughout her career, spanning a 20 year period now.

Liz represents children, parents and other family members in proceedings in all Courts whether the Family Proceedings, County or High Court, often receiving referrals other lawyers, CAFCASS and social services. She is also experienced in taking instructions directly from children when appropriate and does so in a sensitive way.

Liz prides herself as having an empathetic and child centred approach, giving sound and pragmatic advice in a way that is clear to understand, often cutting straight through what can seem a frightening and confusing time.

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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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