Our specialist child care department advises in all cases in which social services are involved. They are one of the largest child care teams in London and are leaders in their field.
We advise and represent parents and other family members in applications brought by the social services department for care or supervision orders and can provide advice even before proceedings are brought.
Our Law Society Children Panel accredited lawyers also represent children and Children’s Guardians in care cases when appointed by the court to do so. Children’s Guardians may also appoint our solicitors to provide representation in contact and residence disputes where the court has directed that the children should be separately represented from their parents. We also provide advice and representation to those seeking to adopt children.
Our child care team comprises Lorna Cservenka, Jackie Pearce and Rokeya Dangor who are all partners, Caroline Little and Paulena Panayiotou (consultants) plus Samantha Cook, Jo Brind, Susanne Seaton and Claire Gardner who are also specialist solicitors representing either the child, parents or family members in care proceedings. Most of our child care team are on the Law Society Children Panel. The department also has the support of 3 paralegals.
The majority of our work is funded by legal aid. We offer competitive rates for those not eligible for legal aid.
The welfare of the child is always the most important consideration in proceedings relating to children and our specialist child care team will provide high quality advice and representation in the very complex and emotional issues involved in such proceedings.