Meet the team...
Jerry Bull is Managing Director at Atkins Hope having joined the company in 1986 and having been a partner since 1990.
He is a very experienced family lawyer having been qualified for over thirty years. He specialises in acting for children, parents, grandparents and guardians in all proceedings relating to children. He has been on the Law Society Children Panel for about 25 years. This enables him to represent children in care proceedings. He has a Higher Rights of Audience in civil cases meaning he can represent clients in the Family Court at all levels.
As a result of his experience and high profile in children work he has become a member of the Law Society Children Committee.
He was short listed for the 2013 Family legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award.
He actively contributes to the Law Society's responses to Government consultations on proposed changes to the law and procedure relating to children. He has also been the Law Society representative in discussions with the Legal Aid Agency over changes to various rules relating to Legal Aid Regulations.
He regularly lectures on Legal Aid issues relating to children to other lawyers and experts including having a regular spot at the Association of Lawyers for Children annual conference.
- Representing a father of a 3 year old boy who faced allegations of rape on the mother and sexual abuse of one of the mother's other children. The mother was proved to have fabricated all the allegations and the child was placed with the father at the end of the case.
- Acting for a child in care proceedings where the child had made serious allegations of physical abuse against his mother and stepfather. Representing that child through a lengthy fact finding hearing where the court decided that the child was telling the truth and then representing him in another lengthy hearing when the court resolved his long term future.
- Representing grandparents in successfully intervening in care proceedings for their grandchildren and then persuading the court that they should look after these children long term through a special guardianship order.