Inns of Court School of Law, London
LLB (Hons) Degree 2:1 University of Hull
Hatfield Girls’ Grammar School
As an experienced family law practitioner, Claire provides clients with advice prior to a legal action, and manages the day-to-day advocacy required to prepare and manage ongoing actions.
She often finds herself advising and helping clients in crisis situations, where the factors involved may include serious sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, emotional harm and neglect. Much of her work is related to the Children Act, conducting care and adoption cases on
behalf of Local Authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians, where issues like poor parenting skills may arise from mental illness, or drug and alcohol dependency.
Among the sensitive issues which Claire has to deal with on a regular basis are the custody of children, contact and access rights, marital disputes and domestic violence, protection from harassment and financial provision for children, particularly among low and middle-income
Claire has proven skills in the day-to-day advocacy, preparation and management of ongoing actions as well as the giving of pre-action advice. Examples include:
•Acted in cases on both the private and public law aspects of the Children Act. The range of casework in public proceedings covers serious sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, emotional harm and neglect.
•Acting for Local Authorities, Guardians, parents and grandparents issues of poor parenting skills caused by mental illness or drug/alcohol dependency are tested in contested Care and Adoption proceedings.
•Residence and Contact cases include both marital disputes and also long-running “implacable hostility” cases, together with applications on behalf of members of the extended family for contact.
•Other cases involve the issue of contact to parents living abroad or wishing to reside permanently out of the jurisdiction. I regularly deal with cases of domestic violence, occupation of the matrimonial home, protection from harassment and enforcement of orders obtained in such cases
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
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