Joan practises in public and private law children cases, representing local authorities, parents, grandparents and guardians. It is this breadth of representation that enables Joan to see the case from different perspectives and pass on this experience to her client.
Joan is regularly instructed in care proceedings involving serious non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, mental health issues and substance abuse. Joan is instructed by the Official Solicitor for parents who lack competence and also undertakes cases involving children with disabilities which cross-over between the family court and Court of Protection.
In private law proceedings Joan represents parents and also children through their guardian in intractable contact disputes. Joan brings calm and sensitivity to these emotionally charged cases.
Joan is experienced in cases with an international element in both public and private law proceedings, including applications to leave the jurisdiction, placement of children subject to public proceedings with relatives abroad and recovery of children from abroad.
Joan is regularly lectures masters degree students at King’s College, London on topics including domestic violence, child protection and contact.