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Child Protection & Adoption Solicitor
Dutton Gregory has an experienced group of practitioners whose particular expertise involves representing any party who may become involved in cases about children where Children's Services Departments have taken steps or indicated an intention to do so in the course of their Statutory Child Protection Duties.
Our team of lawyers has an exceptional reputation. They combine the highest professional skills with the sensitivity and understanding that such matters demand. We will, wherever possible, conduct any court hearings ourselves to provide continuity and reassurance for our clients. We have senior lawyers who are long standing members of The Law Society Children Panel and our Head of Department is an accredited as Higher Court Advocate.
Our team will also deal with the full range of issues arising from adoption. We have extensive experience and expertise in this highly specialist area of Family Law. Our former Head of Department, Andrew Webb, has regularly lectured on the subject and has over thirty years experience representing children, adopters, birth parents, other family members and Guardians.
Areas of expertise include:
- Adoption – For children, Children's Services and adoptive carers
- Child Care Proceedings – representing children and parents
- Special Guardianship Orders
- Representation on Emergency Protection Orders
- Children Panel Specialist
- Secure Accommodation Orders
- Representing children in private law Children Act Proceedings through their professional Cafcass guardians
Dutton Gregory has a Family Legal Aid Franchise and Legal Aid remains available for advice and representation in certain types of cases involving child protection issues. Client eligibility for Legal Aid will always be considered by us in our earliest conversations with you.
IMPORTANT: Please note that Legal Aid is only available to clients regarding Child Protection & Adoption matters. This does not include any other family-related legal matters, such as divorce or child arrangements, or any other services at Dutton Gregory.