Louise has specialised exclusively in family law for over 20 years, both in private and public law proceedings. She regularly undertakes work for parents, local authorities, children and extended family. She accepts work in all tiers of court as well as both private and publicly funded work.
Louise conducts cases involving applications for care and supervision orders; contact with children in care; discharge of care orders; placement and adoption orders; kinship care and special guardianship orders. She has considerable expertise in dealing with all aspects of child abuse and neglect allegations, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse and cases involving allegations of fabricated illness. Some of Louise’s cases have involved unusual elements including ritual abuse.
Louise is increasingly instructed as a leading junior on the more serious and complex cases.
She has particular experience and interest in cases involving complex and technical medical matters and is frequently instructed to conduct finding of fact hearings as to causation and identification of perpetrator of injuries. She has a considerable track record of success in assisting clients towards rehabilitation.
Louise also undertakes cases which involve an international element including applications to place children outside the jurisdiction within care proceedings, and has significant experience in representing parents from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Louise also has experience of the educational system and how this impacts within care proceedings. She is skilled in conducting cases where her client has a learning disability or learning difficulty, or mental health issues.
Louise has considerable experience of complex family conflicts within child arrangement hearings, including representation of the child in some cases. She has conducted cases which involve allegations of child abuse, domestic abuse, applications to remove from the Jurisdiction and specific issue orders. She has conducted finding of fact hearings within private law proceedings.
Languages and Interpreters
Louise has conducted many cases involving different cultures and languages and is experienced in working with interpreters and intermediaries. She has experience of working with BSL. Recent cases have included clients from Pakistan, Iran, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria and Romania.
Louise has a reputation for robust cross examination and thorough preparation of her cases. She enjoys the challenge of unusual elements in a case. She has however also trained as a mediator and has good negotiation skills with the aim of achieving a settlement where possible. She is also sensitive and approachable yet able to give firm and clear advice when required.
Louise accepts instructions by email and provides a prompt attendance note for every hearing.
She is involved in court skills training for local authorities.