Areas of Expertise

Michelle represents local authorities, parents and children in the County Court, High Court and at appellate level.

Michelle has particular strength and expertise in cases involving complex medical issues and in those involving vulnerable adults with severe mental health illness or personality disorders.

Care Proceedings and Adoption proceedings

Michelle has a wealth of experience in the most complex of cases involving;

  • The death, or serious injury of children (with particular interest in head injuries)
  • Sexual abuse of children (including acting for children both as victims and alleged perpetrators)
  • Poisoning cases (including cases involving insulin poisoning)
  • Fabricated/Induced Illness (FII)
  • Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Discharge of placement and adoption orders (including acting for the local authority and parents)

Private Law proceedings

Michelle has significant experience in protracted and complicated private law proceedings including;

  • Child Arrangement Orders (Residence and Contact) , including both internal and international location
  • Parental alienation and implacable hostility
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse
  • Religious, Educational and change of name disputes
  • Child Abduction
  • Surrogacy and Parental Order applications
  • Disputes arising from same sex relationships

Michelle regularly lectures on all aspects of children law.

Notable Cases

Re J ( A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1210

S38 Assessment and Rights of Mckenzie Friends

S-G (Children) [2008] EWCA Civ 653

Transfer of residence in a case of implacable hostility

Re L- R [2013 ] EWCA Civ 1129

Contempt of Court appeal following care proceedings involving the death of a child


LLB (Hons)


West Midlands Family Law Bar Association



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