Children (Public Law)

Within public law children Tara is instructed in complex Care Proceedings, often representing parents and children through their Children’s Guardians. Whilst having acted for local authorities and parents, she has significant experience, expertise and interest in representing children through their Children’s Guardians during disputes concerning (but not limited to) issues of chronic neglect, sexual abuse and non-accidental injury.

Tara continues to build a strong specialist practice in this area and is regularly instructed to act for children at all stages of the proceedings with a particular emphasis on fully contested EPO, ICO, Fact Finding and Final Hearings. She has further appeared at the High Court in relation to questions of non-Hague jurisdictional disputes and child abduction.

Selected Cases

  • A Local Authority v A: Acted for a mother concerning allegations of serious physical abuse and honour-based violence against the eldest child, resulting in serious findings of fact made against the parents. At the conclusion of the proceedings, the youngest two children returned home to the care of their parents.
  • A Local Authority v C & W: Represented a child following abduction by the mother to a non-Hague Convention country and successfully argued against permission for the Local Authority to withdraw its initial ICO application. Additionally, successfully argued for a media alert as to the families’ whereabouts and for Wardship of the High Court.
  • A Local Authority v K & G: Acted for children involving multiple allegations of serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse against a parent resulting in a number of findings of fact being made against the perpetrator.
  • A Local Authority v C: Acted for children during long standing chronic neglect case concerning complex issues of sibling separation and post permanence inter-sibling contact. Successfully argued against sibling separation by way of Local Authority proposed Final Care and Placement Orders with the Local Authority amending its initial Final Care Plans, so as to preserve the sibling relationship with final placement in foster care.
  • A Local Authority v M: Acted for very young child who had suffered a number of non-accidental injuries including various body fractures and a subdural haemorrhage. The child was returned to the care of a Maternal family member.
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