Child Care Solicitors and Law

Care and protection…


The protection of children is of paramount importance and acting in the best interest of the child/ren and their legal rights is at the core of the legal advice we offer.

Legal issues surrounding children can be both highly sensitive and very complex, with emotions often running high. This is often especially the case when a local authority is involved and in such instances, you need dedicated and expert legal advice. For other private law children matters, where a local authority is not involved, our Family Law Solicitors are able to offer the necessary expertise and legal know-how.

When you require specialist advice and representation in child care cases involving a local authority, our dedicated solicitors for children are experienced legal professionals who are able to quickly get to grips with the situation and establish whether there is a legal case to answer.

Our child care solicitors understand that the legal world can be filled with jargon and terms which not everyone understands. This is why we adopt a straight-talking approach, taking the time to explain any legal terms and your legal position, as well as advise on the best course of action for your case. Our main aim is to help achieve the best possible result for you and the child/ren involved.

The success of our Child Care team has seen it feature as part of the Legal 500, which states that:

"(...) ‘Extremely compelling advocate’ and head of childcare Muctar Johal ‘is highly respected in the field of child protection’. (...)"

Offering legal support with a wide range of child care issues, matters we can offer legal support with include:

  • Case conferences / public law outline meetings
  • Emergency Protection Order
  • Interim Care Order / Care Order / Supervision Order
  • Placement Order
  • Adoption
  • Secure accommodation
  • Challenging local authority decision making in relation to children
  • Special guardianship orders
  • Child arrangement orders
  • The inherent jurisdiction and children
  • Issues such as contact with a child in care

In our view…

"We represent children, parents, carers and extended family members in all aspects of the law, particularly when a local authority is involved."

"Our dedicated team of specialists have expertise across the whole range of public law child care matters, from the most complex to the least. This includes cases involving children’s deaths, serious injuries, child rape, serious sexual abuse and exploitation, neglect and emotional harm. We also have expertise in cases with an international element."

"Our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the processes and procedures, both in pre-proceedings and in court, enables us to clearly advise and guide clients through what can be an incredibly stressful, difficult and complex time."

"We are able to arrange non-means tested legal aid for parents and children in care proceedings. Parents also qualify for legal aid in some pre-proceedings matters involving their children. Wider family members can be assessed for their entitlement to legal aid if they are involved in proceedings."

Muctar Johal, Head of Department

For further information and advice, contact us.

The Team


Led by leading Legal 500 individual Muctar Johal, our child care solicitors team includes seven members who are recognised by the Law Society as experts in their field and are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel (CP). The team consists of:

  • Alison Collier
    Alison Collier
  • Claire Morrey
    Claire Morrey
  • Clare Cuomo
    Clare Cuomo
  • Della Phillips
    Della Phillips
  • Emma Hennessy
    Emma Hennessy
    Solicitor, Branch Manager
  • Kirsty Angus
    Kirsty Angus
  • Kirsty Evans
    Kirsty Evans
  • Kulveer Tind
    Kulveer Tind
  • Margaret Nickson
    Margaret Nickson
  • Muctal Johal
    Muctar Johal
  • Murila Fifer
    Murila Fifer
  • Nicholas Herring
    Nicholas Herring
    Solicitor and Family Law Mediator
  • Nina Skilton
    Nina Skilton
  • Rebecca Wallis
    Rebecca Wallis
  • Nicola Nelson
    Nicola Nelson
  • Lauren Sheffield
    Lauren Sheffield
    Trainee Solicitor

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