Within the family department here with have two Solicitors who specialise in Childcare Law. This encompasses Care Proceedings, Adoption and Special Guardianship and situations where the Local Authority is involved regarding the care of children.
Both Solicitors are accredited members of the Law Society Children Panel which recognises our expertise in this area.
We advise and represent parents, grandparents, relatives, foster carers and other people who may be connected in someway with the child.
In some cases a parent or relevant may need advice about Local Authority concerns for a child; in other cases a foster carer or grandparent may need advice about becoming a child’s Special Guardian. We can advise on these and many other issues.
We are able to offer free Legal Aid to parents and others with Parental Responsibility for a child to cover their representation in Care Proceedings and for advice leading up to such proceedings.
For Adoption and Special Guardianship we can sometimes negotiate an agreement for the Local Authority to pay our fees to advise you.
We also have the expertise to advise and represent you in all disputes concerning children including Residence, Contact, Paternity, Relocation, Change of Name and Disagreements over all aspects of the upbringing of a child or children.