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Kerrie Broughton

Year of call:
2006 (Solicitor 1993)
York University, BA (Hons) English & History
Newcastle Polytechnic, Common Professional Examination
Newcastle Polytechnic, Law Society Finals
Admitted as a solicitor
Higher Rights of Audience
Solicitor for Doncaster Borough Council
Assistant solicitor, children team, Howells Solicitors, Sheffield
Equity partner, Howells Solicitors
Tenant at No 6, Leeds
No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers
Law Society Children Panel member
Chair, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Foster Care Associates Panel
Legal advisor to Yorkshire Adoption Agency

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Kerrie Broughton has specialised in children’s law for over twenty years, initially as a solicitor (including with higher rights of audience).

“Kerrie is robust but pragmatic and thorough when drafting, negotiating & representing clients in difficult cases.”

Public law

Kerrie has represented local authorities, children and parents (including teenage parents and those with mental-health or learning difficulties, including through the Official Solicitor). She has handled complex proceedings involving non-accidental injury, from long-term ongoing bruising to those involving serious injuries – including shaken-baby syndrome, multiple fractures, and factitious illness syndrome.

She has made applications under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. She has dealt with matters involving serious disputed allegations of domestic violence; allegations of sexual abuse (including where children have given evidence); disputed jurisdictional issues; long-term cumulative neglect cases; and inter-country adoption.

“Kerrie has enormous experience in handling sensitive children cases.”

Private law

Kerrie has represented alleged victims, perpetrators and children in cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She has handled proceedings involving allegations of implacable hostility and/or ‘parental alienation syndrome’.

Notable cases

  • Re F (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 789. – Guidance to children practitioners on cases involving complex jurisdictional issues.
  • F (Habitual Residence) [2014] EWFC 26 – A decision on the remitted decision on a factually complicated jurisdictional issue where the child was found to be without habitual residence.
  • F (No 2 Welfare – Approved) [2014] EWFC 34 – The welfare disposal hearing on the same case.

Contact Kerrie’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212