Kelly Rodd

Solicitor - Family (Care Proceedings/Children)

Accredited Resolution Member.

Kelly Rodd is a family lawyer who qualified in 2008 and joined Atkins Hope in 2010. Kelly undertakes the majority of her own advocacy. Her specialism is in representing parents (and grandparents/other relatives) and children in care proceedings, adoption proceedings and other public law children matters such as discharge of a care order, contact with children in care and secure accommodation proceedings.

In addition to public law proceedings, Kelly also represents parents (and grandparents/other relatives) and children in private law proceedings where there are disputes between them about the care of children and in cases where clients have been victims of domestic abuse and need protection.

Kelly has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 2012. membership requires the solicitor to show a high level of experience and expertise in work in children cases including advocacy in such cases. She is a member of The Association of Lawyers for Children, an organisation that promotes the welfare and rights of children.

Law is a second career for Kelly. Her background and life experience enables her to communicate well with clients from many different backgrounds; this together with engagement and co-operation from hew clients enables her to achieve positive outcomes for all.

Recent Work.

  • Represented a young mother in a case where the mother was a looked after child herself. The local authority sought to remove her young child from her care. Kelly assisted the mother in gaining insight in relation to the local authority's concerns and understanding the legal processes of care proceedings. During the proceedings the mother gave birth to another child. In this case, the mother engaged so well that neither child was removed from her care, even on an interim basis. The case concluded with the children remaining in their mother's care.
  • Kelly also acts for children both through representations made by a Children's Guardian and where appropriate for competent young people. Recently, Kelly represented older siblings enabling their voices to be heard in the court process. Arrangements were made for the young people to meet the judge who was to decide their future in person. This enabled the young people to gain a level of understanding in relation to the court process. Their views were heard regarding the local authority's plans for both them and their younger siblings.
  • Represented a child through a Children's Guardian in relation to an application by a step parent to adopt. The adoption order was made.
  • Assisted a client in obtaining a non-molestation order and occupation order against a former violent and abusive partner. Both orders were made in favour of the client.

Reported cases:

Re LRP (A Child) (Care Proceedings - Placement Order) [2013] EWHC 3974 (Fam)

CtL, CmL, TLP, ARP, MM and JB (children) (fact Finding: Protection From Sexual Harm), Re [2013] EWHC 2133 (Fam)