Meet the team...
Tell us about yourself
I joined Atkins Hope in 1998 as a paralegal. I initially qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2001 and went on to qualify as a solicitor in 2003. I am a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience in the Civil Courts. I am also a member of the Law Society's Children Panel and a Member of the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC).
What’s your Expertise?
I specialise in Children Act work and represent both parents and children in public and private proceedings.
What do you offer clients of Atkins Hope Solicitors?
Because I obtained my qualifications and trained whilst working in the legal profession, I think I tend to offer clients sound legal advice on a practical basis. The knowledge, understanding and foresight gathered whilst building your experience ‘on the front line’ is invaluable.
Another benefit for clients is that I work to nothing but an exceptionally high standard and that I make a point of gaining a good understanding of their individual vulnerability, concerns, needs and wishes.
What else would you like to tell us about your role?
I have the knowledge and ability to carry out my own advocacy in court proceedings. This allows for continuity for the client and they are assured that the person carrying out the advocacy knows their case well.
Keeping my role as flexible as possible and understanding my clients’ needs and limitations, I can always visit parents and children at home, when necessary.
Specialist Panel and Association Membership show you have reached a notable level of expertise and experience in your specialist area of law. Do you belong to any of these?
I belong to The Law Society Children Panel, a select panel with few members. Membership of this panel means you are able to represent children. I also belong to The Association of Lawyers for Children.
Could you give us a quote?
“A successful case to me is one where the child goes back to the positive atmosphere of a supportive home.”
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
I have three children, one adult and two active twins, so I am often ferrying the children between Scouts, football and dancing. And when I have free time, I like to go hill walking with my husband.
Do you have something intriguing to leave us with?
I am learning how to kayak.