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Jane Curnin

Year of call:
2016 (Solicitor 1988)
Lancaster University (Edge Hill College of Education), BA(Hons) Applied Social Science & English (2:2)
Trent Polytechnic, Common Professional Examination (Distinction)
Trent Polytechnic, Law Society Final Examinations (Pass)
Recognised as Solicitor Advocate (Civil)
Articled Clerk at Wakefield MDC
Qualified as a Solicitor; Employed at Wakefield MDC
Joined Brearleys Solicitors
Founding Partner at JWP Solicitors
Tenant at Park Square Barristers
Law Society Children Panel

Ranked in Tier 1 for Family and Children Law – The Legal 500 (2018)

“She has a critical eye for detail.” – The Legal 500 (2018)

Jane Curnin is the deputy head of the Family team and has specialised in children’s cases for 30 years. Her career began as a Solicitor at Wakefield MDC where she represented the Local Authority in all levels of Court and in all matters concerning children, vulnerable adults and the elderly and moved to private practice where she quickly developed a niche practice representing children, parents, grandparents and other relatives, Local Authorities and Interveners in care proceedings, including adoption applications and private law applications.

Throughout her career she has undertaken complex medical cases including cases involving shaken babies, child death, sexually transmitted disease found in children, sexual abuse, non-regulated artificial insemination, inter jurisdictional cases and Hague Convention cases. In addition, she has handled many cases where the central issue has been chronic neglect.

Jane has wide ranging experience in cases which have required her to represent, amongst others, young teenage mothers and fathers, disabled children and their parents, victims of serious domestic violence and perpetrators, adults with mental health problems and those with drug and alcohol addiction. She has a full understanding of the implications of court proceedings for those she represents whether they be children, relatives or professionals in the case.

Her many years in practice as a solicitor enables her to fully understand the pressures solicitors face and those who instruct her are able to be reassured that she can quickly develop a rapport with both professionals and the clients she represents. Jane is seen by many as ‘the go to person’ in this area of law, and is a highly regarded advocate.

 Notable Cases

  • 2010 – Re K (A Child) EWCA 478  – Complex Private Law case representing an Iranian Child; Successful appeal against decision to refuse contact to natural father.

Contact Jane’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209