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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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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Mohima

Mohima qualified as a solicitor in April 2013. She has a background in all areas of family law and now specialises in child care law. She represents parents and family members within care proceedings initiated by Local Authorities.

Mohima has experience in dealing with complex cases involving allegations of non-accidental injuries, sexual and physical abuse and cases involving neglect and domestic abuse. She has represented clients who are vulnerable and have learning difficulties.

Mohima regularly appears at Court and undertakes her own advocacy to ensure her client’s interests are represented.

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Philip

Having formed CLP in 2001, Philip stepped back in 2020 and now works on a consultancy basis for the firm whilst pursuing outside interests.

Philip is an experienced family law solicitor and advocate who has focused on representing children, parents and their wider family members in public law proceeding exclusively for over 30 years.

Philip has wide experience of the most complex care proceedings such as non- accidental injury and sexual abuse and is particularly interested in representing teenagers and adolescents who are considered competent to be able to instruct their own solicitor.

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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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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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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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Mary-Anne

Mary-Anne qualified as a solicitor in September 2014 and since this time has specialised in Childcare Law. She joined Child Law Partnership in 2019.

Mary-Anne regularly represents parents and other family members in all stages of public law, from initial Local Authority involvement to court proceedings.

Having worked within a specialist domestic violence firm previously Mary-Anne has a particular interest in cases involving domestic violence and has significant experience in this area.

Described as an honest and approachable lawyer, Mary-Anne prides herself on her ability to provide clear, direct and professional advice to her clients.

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