Penelope Moult

Children Panel Solicitor

Penelope Moult qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has practised family law since 1991. Penelope specialises in acting for parents and children and other family members in care proceedings, high conflict contact cases and adoption applications. She is often instructed by the Local Authority to act on behalf of prospective Special Guardians and Adopters. Penelope became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in 1995, this means that she can represent children in care proceedings. Penelope is a very experienced advocate and frequently represents clients at hearings at all levels of the Family Court.

Penelope works hard to represent her clients to the best of her ability, in 2015 she was described in the Legal 500 as “tireless in pursuit of her clients interests”.

Recent Work

  • Penelope represented a father in care proceedings whose niece was badly injured whilst in his house, so his own children were removed from the care of him and his wife whilst investigations and assessments took place. Once the Court had decided that his wife had hurt the child, Penelope persuaded the court to assess the father as a sole carer which eventually resulted in his children being returned to their father’s care.
  • Penelope represented a mother in care proceedings who had given birth when she was serving a term of imprisonment for a non-violent offence. The local authority sought to remove her baby from her care but Penelope persuaded the Court to allow the mother with her baby to move into the prison’s mother and baby unit whilst the local authority assessed whether she could care for her baby in the long term. The mother passed this assessment and the Court agreed that when she was released from prison, the mother could live in the community with her baby.
  • Penelope represented a father in care proceedings whose partner had had her previous child removed from her care and adopted. When their own child was born, the local authority did not want to assess the parents and placed the child in a foster to adopt placement. Penelope successfully argued that the father and his partner should be assessed in a residential assessment unit with their baby, the couple passed the assessment and were allowed by the Court to return home with their baby
  • Penelope represented prospective adopters when the birth father opposed their application to adopt his children and sought direct contact with them. Penelope persuaded the Court that despite the birth father’s opposition, the children should be adopted and that the birth father should have only indirect contact with them