Louise joined chambers in January 2018 having successfully completed pupillage under the supervision of Louise Harvey.

Louise specialises in the law relating to children. She is experienced in both Public and Private Children Act Proceedings across a range of tribunals from the Family Proceedings Court to the High Court. Louise conducts hearings at all stages, from the first appointment, finding of facts and final hearings.

Public Law

Louise is regularly instructed to act on behalf of local authorities, parents, extended family members, intervenors and children.

Louise is instructed to act on cases involving complex issues such as death of a child, non-accidental injuries to a child, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, chronic neglect, fabricated and induced illness, forced marriages and issues of mental capacity. She has experience in cases involving the deprivation of liberty of children with proceedings being brought under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

Louise regularly acts for vulnerable individuals with learning difficulties and/or mental health issues both directly and through the Official Solicitor.

Private Law

Louise acts on behalf of parents, extended family members and Children’s Guardians at all stages of private law proceedings. She accepts instruction to represent applicants and respondents in relation to applications for Child Arrangement Orders, Specific Issue Orders, Non-Molestation Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Enforcement Orders.

Louise has experience in conducting finding of fact hearings for parties both alleging and disputing domestic abuse, physical and sexual abuse. She deals with cases involving internal and international relocation, intractable contact disputes, parents with mental health issues, parental alienation and changes of residence.

Notable Cases

Reported Cases

Lancashire County Council v G (Unavailability of Secure Accommodation) [2020] EWHC 2828 (Fam)

Lancashire County Council v G (No 2) (Continuing Unavailability of Secure Accommodation) [2020] EWHC 3124 (Fam)


BA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Warwick

Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) at BPP Manchester

Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) at BPP Manchester

Areas of Expertise

Family Law

Professional Organisations

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Family Law Bar Association

Northern Circuit


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