“When you’re dealing with really complex care cases involving vulnerable people, families and children who may not be able to return to their parents, you need someone who can be extremely child-focused and think carefully and pragmatically about the issues. That’s what she does.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

Experience

Year of Call: 1989

Education

BA (Hons) French Birmingham University
CPE (Central London)

Languages

French, German

Appointments

Family Law Bar Association Committee 2007-2010

Profile

Sally is regularly instructed to represent parents, local authorities and children’s guardians in complex care proceedings involving child fatalities, significant injuries or serious abuse. She has a particularly in depth experience of care proceedings where there are parallel criminal proceedings and has over recent months been increasingly instructed in a number of high profile cases involving reporting restricting orders.

Sally is often instructed in cases with complex medical issues and was recently instructed in a high profile medical case where a mother was resisting chemotherapy for her son which attracted considerable publicity.


Sally had a highly successful criminal practice up to 2006 when she decided to focus solely on her family work. Her criminal background has provided her with the specialist forensic and advocacy skills required in complex care cases.

Sally regularly advises local authorities on policy issues.

In Court of Protection matters she is regularly instructed by local authorities, family members and Deputies in matters of both finance and welfare.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Criminal Bar Association
Liberty
Affiliate Member of Resolution

Directories

Specialises in complex public law children issues involving serious abuse and injury. She acts on behalf of parents, children and local authorities and has particular experience in matters with concurrent criminal proceedings, having previously practised criminal law herself.

Strengths: “When you’re dealing with really complex care cases involving vulnerable people, families and children who may not be able to return to their parents, you need someone who can be extremely child-focused and think carefully and pragmatically about the issues. That’s what she does.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

 


‘Her knowledge is unmatched.’
Legal 500, 2017

‘Very good with vulnerable clients.
Legal 500, 2016

29/09/15
[2015] EWCA Civ 991
11/06/15
[2015] EWHC 1709 (Fam)
12/08/14
[2014] EWCA Civ 1303