Children (Public Law)

In public law Clare has dealt with a number of complex cases including:

  • Complex Fact-Finding hearings
  • Contested Final hearings
  • Applications for ICO/EPO/Secure Accommodation
  • Suspected Non-Accidental Injury;
  • Physical and sexual abuse;
  • Cases of Chronic Neglect;
  • Cases of suspected FII
  • Serious domestic abuse/violence;
  • Cases with international/cultural/jurisdictional elements
  • Cases with suspected honor-based violence
  • Cases involving wider immigration issues
  • Cases where the Official Solicitor has been appointed
  • Representing Grandparents and SGO holders in care/private law proceedings
  • Representation of parents with learning difficulties/complex needs/vulnerabilities
  • Appeals from first instance decisions


Selected Cases

  • A Local Authority v B & I (2017): Representing Local Authority in case concerning suspected FII.
  • A Local Authority v C & C (2017): Representing father in case concerning allegations of sexual abuse.
  • A Local Authority v J (2017): Representing a father in second set of care proceedings with LA seeking removal of child from Father’s care.
  • A Local Authority v J (2017): Representation of the child via the children’s Guardian in care proceedings concerning possible international placement.
  • S v S (2017): Argued for a cross non-molestation order to be made in favour of a father in a private law contact case where both parents were alleging domestic abuse.
  • W v W (2017): Acting for a father in a case where all contact had broken down and where the mother sought to frustrate contact at each hearing. Argued successfully for a 16.4 Guardian to be appointed.
  • P v P (2017): Acting for a mother in a contact case where there have been allegations of Honour-based violence.
  • L v H (2016): Acting for Mother in residence dispute with ISW report. Argued for child to live with the mother and secured favourable order against hostile father.
  • S v A (2016): Acting for a mother against a father seeking contact from prison.
  • L v C (2016): Acting for Special Guardians in an application by birth parent for contact.
  • Local Authority v P & G (2016): Fact-finding hearing into suspected NAI with child sustaining ALTE injury, bruising and suspected strangulation marks.
  • Local Authority v G (2015): Application during care proceedings for permission not to give father notice of the proceedings due to risk of violence towards mother and child.
  • Local Authority v D (2014): Fact-Finding hearing into suspected NAI. Child sustaining injuries to the face. Issue as to causation.
  • L v L (2013): Successfully defended a father against allegations of sexual abuse. Findings made that the allegations had been fabricated by the Mother in order to frustrate contact.
  • Re W (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 106; [2012] 2 F.L.R. 240: Acting for the father before the President of the Family Division in a case concerning separation under an Interim Care Order.
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