I am a partner at Smith Partnership, a position I have held since 2005 and have over 24 years’ experience in children’s law. My role includes heading up the child care law team, a role which sees me regularly instructed by parents, carers and children as well as the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), to deal with a wide range of cases.
Cases include child deaths, serious non-accidental injuries, severe head injuries, sexual abuse and reviews of local authority decision-making. I also have extensive County and High Court experience.
Ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500, my department is committed to the protection of children and acting in their best interests, our aim is to always achieve the best possible result for all involved. The team is experienced, with six members, including myself, recognised by the Law Society as experts in their field and members of the Law’s Society’s Children’s Panel – a position I have held since 2000.
I am recognised as an expert in the field of children’s law, and along with dealing with high-profile, complex cases, my expertise is also requested as a speaker at various events including national conferences dealing with issues of medical evidence in serious child abuse cases and on the management of evidence in complex childcare law cases to solicitors and barristers on CPD-accredited courses. I also lecture on Childcare Law at Leicester University on the Masters in Social Work course.
As the client care partner/ head of complaints at the firm’s Derby office, I take my commitment to offering exceptional client care very seriously.
Beyond the day job I can be found boosting my fitness levels at the gym or enjoying a movie at the cinema.
Muctar at a glance:
1991: Qualifies as a solicitor
1991-1999: Practices in Local Government and Public Childcare Law with several
1999: Joins Smith Partnership
2000: Becomes a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel
2005: Made partner at the firm
2006: Awarded his High Rights of Audience (Civil)
XXTBCXX - Recognised by Legal 500 as ‘a first port of call for guardians in care proceedings’.