Jacqueline is from Lancashire and has always practised on the Northern Circuit, starting out at chambers in Liverpool and then in 2006 found herself unable to resist the move to Preston to further enhance her practice. Her belief was and still is that the work in this area of the country gives rise to many problems not seen elsewhere and ensures that a practitioner is never bored!

She practises exclusively in the field of and areas associated with Family law. Jacqueline represents Local Authorities, parents and children in proceedings relating to children and vulnerable adults within all tiers of the court system, but in particular where a case demands a significant degree of experience and expertise.

Jacqueline has a detailed knowledge of medical matters which relate to the abuse of children and has recently been instructed in complex cases relating to deceased children, children with multiple fractures and children who have been the subject of sexual abuse.

A growing area of Jacqueline’s practice has been in the Court of Protection and in relation to all aspects of proceedings relating to vulnerable adults.

She is also instructed in Judicial Review proceedings and has been active in proceedings where the actions of Local Authorities have been successfully challenged.

Jacqueline’s recent High Court cases relate to:

  • The refusal by the parents to immunise their children;
  • The use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise the refusal to resuscitate a child;
  • The protection of a vulnerable child from her father utilising the Court of Protection;
  • The protection of a child from a Forced Marriage
  • The return of children to their country of origin against the wishes of a parent.


  • Her family
  • Travelling
  • Films/Theatre
  • Liverpool Football club (season ticket holder)


LL.B ( Hons) Lancaster 1985

Areas of Expertise

Family Law, Court of Protection

Professional Organisations

Committee Member on the Family Law Bar Association

Professional Associations

Merseyside Medico Legal Association, Child Concern

Professional Activities

Jacqueline is a regular lecturer on family law related topics. Jacqueline lectures to many professionals in relation to the law and also in relation to presentation within the court arena and advocacy.