Lance is highly regarded for his public law children work, and is regularly instructed by local authorities, guardians, parents, other relatives and intervenors, and appears at all levels up to and including the High Court, dealing with cases at all stages including regularly conducting finding of fact and final hearings.
Lance has experience of complex and varied cases involving allegations of serious sexual abuse of children, serious non-accidental injury to children involving complex facts and medical evidence, serious domestic violence, physical abuse, emotional harm, and long-standing parental neglect. He also has experience of cases involving the Court’s inherent jurisdiction.
Lance’s private law children practice covers parental alienation and specific issue applications including relocation of children both within and outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales, change of school and change of a child’s name.
Appeared with Joseph O’Brien KC for the Third Respondent in a unique case at the High Court concerning the need for a paternity test for a child who was conceived when a man used a mixture of his own and his father’s sperm to get his then-partner pregnant following issues with conceiving.
The judgment is available here. This case also received widespread coverage on BBC News, Sky News, ITV News, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Star.