Areas of Expertise

Tracy is part of the specialist team dealing with all areas of mental capacity law and practice who advise, consult and offer representation in this developing area. She has a particular interest in forced marriage and deprivation of liberty cases and has appeared in the Court of Protection in Birmingham on such matters.

Tracy has regularly lectured in this area to local authorities, health professionals and solicitors in private practice.


Tracy practises in public law and private law Children Act applications. She is experienced in all aspects of proceedings in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also been led in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

She represents local authorities, children’s guardians, parents (including adults acting under a disability) and children. Her cases have involved serious non-accidental injury, shaken baby syndrome, death of children, sexual abuse and chronic neglect. Her particular strength is in fact finding hearings.

Notable cases

Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors [2017] EWFC 62 (18 August 2017)

Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time Limit) [2014] EWHC 3135 (Fam)

Re:H (Children) [2007] EWCA Civ 529. 

Re:B (A Child) (Evaluation: Appellate Courts function) [2014] EWCA Civ 565, [2014] 1 WLR 4344, [2014] 3 FCR 129.


LLB (Hons) (SW) Nottingham Trent University


Family Law Bar Association


Chambers & Partners 2018: “Superb. Her ability in cross-examination and in court leaves you in awe.” “She is responsible in managing the client’s expectations and her technical ability is second to none.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “Excellent, really hard-working and someone with a great eye for detail. Good with vulnerable clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “She is well regarded and respected. She marries tenacity with pleasantness when she is in court.” “Her experience and her knowledge shine through. You know you are dealing with a class act.”

Chambers & Partners 2015: “She has got a very quiet manner of advocacy but it is very effective. Tracy deals with sensitive childcare cases in a very professional and client-focused manner.”

Chambers & Partners 2014: Practises in public law and private law children’s cases, and represents local authorities, guardians, parents and children. “She always manages to be a calming influence in what can be very unsettled circumstances.” “Tracy came in to my case, looked over the case notes for a couple of days and just had such a grip on every detail – she was phenomenal. She did it all so quickly with a very complex case.” “Tracy is extremely hard working; knowledgeable and very committed to the client she represents. She is thorough; extremely professional but personable at the same time. I would recommend Tracy without hesitation.”

LinkedIn Recommendation 2013: “Tracy Lakin has just the right balance of assertiveness, expertise in her field and drive to achieve the best outcome for clients, whilst always having the bigger picture in mind and keeping her integrity in tact at all times. I would instruct her time and again.”

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