Clerking team

Paul Laverty
Paul Laverty

Senior Clerk - Family and Court of Protection

Dan Johnson

Assistant Senior Clerk (Children)

Elizabeth Fagan

Junior Family Clerk

Jane’s reputation as a highly effective advocate and shrewd tactician extends beyond Wales and throughout England. She has been ranked as a leading London silk in addition to her ranking for Wales. Jane’s wealth of experience of the most complex aspects of children cases ensures an extensive fund of knowledge and a calm and confident approach. Jane is recognised for her particular expertise in cases concerning complex medical evidence, such as:

  • Non Accidental death/catastrophic injury to a child
  • Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI), formerly known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome”
  • Genetic disorders, vitamin deficiencies and congenital malformations which can raise concerns of child abuse cases due to suspicious “injuries” which give the appearance of having been inflicted
  • Allegations of “honour based killing” and forced marriage
  • Suspected radicalisation cases
  • Sexual abuse: inter and intra familial sexual abuse
  • Child protection cases involving concurrent criminal prosecution for murder/ attempted murder/ child cruelty and neglect
  • Fabricated Induced Illness (FII) allegations
  • Significant harm arising from parenting difficulties experienced by parents with learning/ mental health or other forms of disability
  • Cases involving the representation/cross examination of a child or vulnerable adult and working to the Recommendations of the Report of the Vulnerable Witness and Children Working Group, the Advocates’ Gateway and the use of Court Appointed Intermediaries

Children (Public and Private law)

Jane’s public law children practice includes cases involving complex physical injuries, including :

  • “baby shaking”
  • factitious illness
  • sexual abuse and incest
  • cases involving the death of children where both causation and likely perpetrator are in issue

Jane has a particular interest in cases involving the unexplained death of a child and is known for the ease with which she disentangles complicated medical issues. She was involved in some of the early cases in which the legitimacy of statistical evidence to be applied to SIDS was challenged.

She has experience in “honour based” killing/violence and forced marriage and has recently been involved in a lengthy case in which her client was also represented by a Special Advocate because of non disclosure of sensitive material.

She is recognised as having considerable skill in representing learning disabled or otherwise vulnerable parents and parents with mental health difficulties. She has appeared in the only family cases to date in which evidence has been given through intermediaries.

Her private law children work includes relocation, an area in which she has a particular interest.

Jane represented Rhondda Cynon Taf in the Clwych Enquiry convened by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and subsequently undertook advisory work for the Commissioner.

Reported Cases

Re E (Withdrawal of Care Proceedings) 2013 EWHC 2400: necessity for a robust analysis of the evidential basis of an application and guidelines for Emergency Removals and s 20 agreements.

In the matter of A (A Child) [2012] UKSC 60

C (a child) [2007] EWCA Civ. 2: Court of appeal ruling on pecuniary damages for loss of opportunity in care cases (local authority decision to abandon care plan and proceed directly to adoption);

R v Vale of Glamorgan C.C. ex parte J [2001] EWCA Civ 593: Education law (Transport to school/Bullying/Racial Harassment);

Scheeres v Scheeres (1999) 1 FLR 241, CA: Matrimonial finance (Property Transfer/Periodical Payments);

Re S (Minors) [1994] 1 FLR 623, CA: Inherent Jurisdiction (Abduction/Enforceability in England of Irish Courtresidence order);

Re Adoption Application (Non-Patrial: Breach of Procedures) [1993] 1 FLR 947, CA: (Adoption of Foreign Child – El Salvador);

Re V (a Minor) [1987] 2 FLR 89, CA: (Dispensing agreement in Adoption. Natural mother withdrawing consent);

Dipper v Dipper [1980] 1 FLR 286, CA: (Rights of parties over upbringing of children following one-parent residence order).


  • 1992 Assistant Recorder
  • 1996 Recorder
  • 1998 Silk
  • 1999 Deputy High Court Judge (Family Division)
  • 2000 Legal President Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Bencher of Gray’s Inn

Degrees and other qualifications

  • LL.B Hons 1975 King’s College London

Professional associations

  • Committee Member FLBA
  • Association of Lawyers for Children