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Children law

Children law

We have a first-rate reputation among solicitors, local authorities and Cafcass for dealing with cases involving children in both public and private law proceedings.

Park Square Barristers has 33 impressive and experienced barristers, including one silk, who specialise in the field of children law. The team has an excellent reputation for work in care proceedings, especially those involving the most serious allegations, such as the death of a child. We represent the full range of clients, from local authorities to parents, extended family and children (whether through guardians or independently). We also offer mediation services.

We are alert to the highly sensitive nature of work with children and young people, whether as the subject of proceedings or as parties or witnesses, and offer the highest standards of client care. We are not a stuffy chambers, and our approachability helps to put our clients at ease.

“Notable strength in public and private law children disputes, particularly involving child abuse and abductions.” — The Legal 500

Besides appearing at all levels of the Family Court, our barristers practice in the Court of Protection, the Mental Health Tribunal, and in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. Our barristers sit as recorders in the Family Court and as deputy district judges in tribunals including the Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal. They also act as qualified mediators and are trained in Public Access work, which means they can be briefed directly by a member of the public, without the need for a solicitor. We have a distinguished history of supplying practitioners to the District Bench, Circuit Bench and High Court Bench, and one of our former barristers now sits in the Court of Appeal.

“Areas of strength include adoption, child abduction and domestic violence cases.” — The Legal 500

Specialisms

Our barristers offer unrivalled expertise in cases of neglect, abuse (emotional, physical or sexual), serious injury and cases involving complex medical evidence. We deal with adoption and special guardianship applications as well as all family disputes including child abduction, relocation outside the jurisdiction, applications regarding child arrangements (formerly known as contact, access residence and/or custody applications), injunctions and committals, domestic violence, divorce, financial remedies, cohabitation disputes and property trusts. We also deal with cases of education law, professional negligence and matters arising under the Inheritance Act, and advise on local-authority obligations and judicial review.

Team working

Our children specialists work together as a cohesive team and also work closely with our other teams, including crime, civil, family finance, and court of protection & adult care. This provides for a broad range of accurate legal opinion as well as continuity in the handling of more complex cases.

Lecturing & training

We are a substantial provider of education training & seminars to solicitors, barristers, local authorities and social workers.

Public Access

A number of our barristers are authorised to represent clients directly (without a solicitor intermediary) through the Public Access scheme.

Contact our family clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

The team