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Neil specialises in family law. Much of his
work encompasses complex Public Law(care proceedings) where
issues of non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, drug/alcohol addiction,
neglect, mental health or learning disabilities feature. A
persuasive, approachable advocate, he has a reassuringly no-nonsense approach
to advising clients which puts them at their ease. Always meticulous in his
preparation, he rapidly gets to the heart of the matter, and, when dealing with
sensitive and difficult cases, operates to exemplary standards of client care.
 

Experience
Neil has considerable specialist expertise in
matters relating to the care and protection of children. Cases of sexual,
physical and emotional abuse figure highly in his work, as do those involving
parents with long-term addiction or mental health issues.
His recent work has included
·Public Law proceedings acting on
behalf of Local Authorities, parents or Children’s Guardians in applications
for Emergency Protection Orders, Care or Supervision Orders and Secure
Accommodation Orders
·Placement Order and Adoption
applications
·Private Law applications for Special
Guardianship Orders, Child Arrangements Orders (previously involving
"residence” and "contact” or "custody” and "access” disputes) and is often
instructed to act for rule 16.4 Guardians
·Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps
Orders often featuring domestic or international "relocation” cases
·Financial remedy and financial
provision pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
He also deals with financial remedy cases, property
disputes, and cases where there is an argument about children, providing both
written advice and advocacy. He appears in many ‘leave to remove’ cases, many
of which have an international dimension or involving a domestic relocation.
A keen understanding of client care is central to
the way in which he deals with families experiencing stress and trauma. They
appreciate his straightforward and compassionate approach, and value his
clear-cut and realistic advice which helps them prepare for the likely outcome
of proceedings.
He is qualified by the Bar Standards Board to
accept instructions under the Public Access Scheme direct from litigants who
might otherwise choose to act in person, and is a trained mediator.
Practice areas
Adult and Social
Care
Children
Human Rights
International
Dispute
Resolution
Professional
Memberships
Inner Temple
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Southern Eastern Circuit
Education
LLB Hons (Exon) 

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