was called to the Bar in 1982 and have been continuously in private practice
ever since. I was in chambers in Manchester until 1992 when I moved to Preston
because most of my practice was in Lancashire.
the first 10 years I had a general common law practice that included crime,
civil, matrimonial, matrimonial finance, personal injury, children law
including wardship, inquests, disciplinary tribunals (mainly police),
employment and immigration tribunals.
moving to Winckley Square my practice became more focussed on family law with
an emphasis on public and private law children work. I also began to undertake
work in the Court of Protection.
the years I have appeared at all levels of court from the Family Proceedings
Court (Magistrates) to the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).
CM v Blackburn
with Darwen Borough Council  EWCA Civ 1479
A Local Authority v J & MM
 EWHC 1820 (Fam)
Lancashire County Council v SB,
SH, WH, NB  EWHC 653 (Fam)
Re X (A Child)  EWHC 3401
Re M (Placement Order)  1
Lancashire County Council v D and
E  2 FLR 196
Lancashire County Council v B
 1 FLR 583 (HL)
Re M, T, P, K and B (Care: Change
of Name)  2 FLR 645
H v H (Child Abuse: Access)
 1 FLR 212
The matters I can help you with include:
(1) Public law children (care proceedings). Parents will be entitled
to public funding, but you may find yourself involved as a non-parent for
various reasons. You may be a grandparent or other relative who it is said may
have caused injury to the child. You may be a relative seeking to care for a
child whose parents may not be not in a position to do so. The local authority
may or may not support your position. You may be anxious that a child in your
family may be placed for adoption or long term fostering.
(2) Private law children (disputes over what used to be called custody
and access, then residence and contact, and now child arrangements).
(3) Disciplinary tribunals. I have experience of Police and other disciplinary
(5) Court of Protection.
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