Clerking team

Tim Booth
Tim Booth

Senior Clerk Sheffield

Suzanne Heron

Lead Clerk, Family and Court of Protection

Jayne Harper

Family and Court of Protection Clerk

“Her practice includes cases of serious abuse and chronic neglect.”

Legal 500, 2017

Louise has practised exclusively in family law since completing her pupillage.

    Children (Public and Private law)

    Louise has wide experience in a full range of Children Act proceedings including public law applications, private law applications and adoption cases and has successfully appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

    Louise is extremely thorough and efficient in her approach to each case with an eye for the relevant detail. She can be a tenacious advocate when necessary and her clear and direct advice coupled with a friendly and approachable manner are suited to the sensitivities of many family cases.

    Louise is available to provide training and seminars in all areas of her practice. She regularly accepts instructions directly from members of the public as well as via solicitor referrals. She welcomes enquiries from the public via her clerks.

    Public Law

    Within her public law practice Louise is regularly instructed to represent parents and other family members and has considerable experience representing children through their Guardians.

    She is frequently instructed to advise and represent local authorities in complex public law cases.

    Louise deals with cases including those involving:

    • Complex or conflicting medical evidence
    • Child death
    • Non accidental injury
    • Chronic neglect
    • Allegations of serious sexual and/or physical abuse
    • She also has experience in dealing with cases involving Brussels II Revised (BIIR).

    Louise is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex finding of fact hearings and has successfully represented parents in applications for revocation of a placement order.

    Private Law

    Louise has busy and varied private law practice. Her experience covers the full range of Children Act applications such as:

    • Protracted contact cases including those where one parent is implacably hostile
    • Cases involving allegations of sexual abuse or domestic violence
    • Applications to permanently remove children from the jurisdiction
    • Cases involving families in same sex relationships and sperm donors
    • Specific issue applications in relation to schooling, names and religious practice.

    Reported cases

    G (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 305

    Appeal by the same sex parents of the child against a child arrangements order, which provided for the sperm donor’s parents to have contact with the child. Appeal dismissed.

    Re AB v Doncaster MBC (BIIR: Care Proceedings) [2012] EWCA Civ 978; [2013] 1 FLR 168

    Representation of a Lithuanian Mother in care proceedings where the case was initially transferred to the High Court due the possibility of the Lithuanian authorities requesting a return of the child pursuant to Art 56 of Brussels II Revised (BIIR). The case was remitted back to the county court directing that the court should determine whether the child should be returned to the care of her mother and, if not, the practical arrangements should be made for compliance with the Art 56 request. On appeal it was held that this had been a wrong interpretation of Art 56, in that there was no entitlement of a Member State to call for the placement of a child within its jurisdiction; Art 56 placed a consultative obligation on the English court but it did not tie the hands of the court or exclude or reduce its obligation to arrive at its own judgment as to the child’s best interests; and the judge’s order was in error to the extent that it treated Art 56 as if the English court were obligated to return the child and comply with a possible request from the Lithuanian authorities for a return of the child.


    • Family Law Bar Association


    • Appointed as a Recorder in 2020
    • Appointed as a First Tier Tribunal Judge (fee paid) sitting in the Social Entitlement Chamber in 2020
    • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions