Damian is a specialist family law practitioner with particular expertise in complicated public and private law children matters. He is highly regarded for his work concerning non-accidental injuries and allegations of serious sexual abuse. Damian also has significant experience of cases concerning financial provision on the breakdown of marriages and civil partnerships, cases in the Court of Protection cases involving an International element.
After a successful 11-year career as a solicitor and partner specialising in family law at a leading family law firm (including as a member of The Law Society’s Children Panel), Damian transferred to the Bar in 2009.
Damian regularly delivers training sessions for solicitors and social workers in respect of all aspects of care proceedings and Court of Protection work.
With his cross-examination of lay and professional witnesses, Damian is known for his thorough and forensic approach. He is always looking for a different angle on his cases and comes up with good arguments whether in writing or orally.
He has an approachable, sympathetic style which helps to put clients at ease enabling them to feel confident that they are in safe hands as their case progresses.
Damian is regularly instructed by a range of local authorities, private solicitors’ firms and individuals at all levels of court from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal.
Damian’s experience as a solicitor gives him a greater level of insight and understanding into the pressures on solicitors practising in this field.
He is willing and able to provide written advice at short notice on a range of matters from public funding to advice on appeal.