John accepts instructions from all parties in all children law matters, representing local authorities, parents, relatives, interveners and children.
John has experience in representing all parties in public law proceedings involving wide ranging issues including:
- Domestic violence
- Non-accidental injuries
- Drug/alcohol abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Child trafficking
- Care and Supervision Orders
- Placement Orders
John also has experience in complex public law cases involving children giving live oral evidence within the proceedings.
John has experience of representing parties including children, in cases involving the Deprivation of Liberty of children. John has also regularly acted for the most vulnerable adult clients within proceedings including receiving instructions from the Official Solicitor on behalf of clients who lack capacity to conduct proceedings on their own behalf.
John represents all parties in all private law applications involving applications for Special Guardianship, and all Section 8 Children Act applications, including Child Arrangements Orders, Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders, including complex proceedings involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse and implacable hostility.John often provides representation to parties within the most complex private law cases when a Guardian has been appointed on behalf of the child(ren) pursuant to Rule 16.4 Family Procedure Rules 2010, including representation of the children within such cases, pursuant to rule 16.4.
John is particularly skilled at dealing with cases that involve elements of police involvement and issues of domestic abuse.
He represents parties in Domestic Violence cases (including cases involving same sex relationships) within Family Law Act proceedings from initial application for ex-parte Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders, to final hearing.
Re A-F (Children)  EWHC 138 (Fam)
High Court Case. John acting as Solicitor representing a child by his Guardian instructed Miss Kate Burnell as Junior Counsel, led by Miss Frances Heaton QC. The case involved several test cases heard alongside one another. The case involved various substantive and procedural questions in relation to the interference between care proceedings brought in the Family Court pursuant to Part IV Children Act 1989 and the requirements of Article 5, particularly in the circumstances when Article 5 is engaged in respect of a child in the care of the Local Authority, what procedures are required to ensure that there are no breaches of the requirements of Article 5(2)-(4).
Re S-W (children)  EWCA Civ 27
John acting as Solicitor representing the children via their Guardian instructed Miss Kate Burnell of Counsel. Court of Appeal case. The Appeal was brought on the basis of when the court can make final care orders and whether or not it is appropriate for the court to take a summary approach in care proceedings and the interpretation of the provisions of the Children Act 1989 regarding consideration of the permanency provisions of care plans.