Dutton Gregory has an experienced group of practitioners whose particular expertise involves representing any party who may become involved in cases about children where Social Services Departments have taken steps or indicated an intention to do so in the course of their Statutory Child Protection Duties.
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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 proceedings 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 solicitors accredited as Higher Court Advocates.
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 Social Services and Adoptive parents
- Child Care Proceedings – representing Guardians and Parents
- Special Guardianship Orders
- Representation on Emergency Protection Orders
- Child Panel Specialist
- Secure Accommodation Orders
- Representing children in private law Children Act Proceedings through their 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.