Public law children work on behalf of local authorities, parents, children and other parties. Particular interest in cases of medical complexity including brain injury, fractures and FII.

Private law disputes concerning who children should live with and spend time with. International relocation disputes.

Court of Protection work for private individuals and local authorities.

Notable Cases

Lancashire County Council v A, B & Z [2018] EWHC 1819 (Fam)

Lancashire County Council v M & Others [2016] EWFC 9

Acting on behalf of the father of the older two children where the father of the younger two was alleged to have been attempting to take them all to Syria together with the mother. The judgment is novel and worth reading not least because the judge, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, deliberately reduced it to brief and simple terms so the mother and the older children could understand it. The report may be read here:

A Local Authority v J & MM [2013] EWHC 1820 (Fam)

Lancashire County Council v SB, SH, WH, NB [2013] EWHC 653 (Fam)

Re X (A Child) [2011] EWHC 3401 (Fam)

Re M (Placement Order) [2011] 1 FLR 1765

Lancashire County Council v D and E [2010] 2 FLR 196

Lancashire County Council v B [2001] 1 FLR 583 (HL)

H v H (Child Abuse: Access) [1989] 1 FLR 212


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