Roles & Interests
I have been working in family law since Nov 2003 starting out by supporting a senior partner with child care cases. This progressed to managing my own caseload from 2005 primarily dealing with divorce and children disputes. Once I qualified in march 2008 I maintained a caseload of private children & divorce cases before moving to a new firm in 2010, becoming a partner in 2011 moving into advocacy and public child care proceedings representing parents and occasionally children. I moved on to a new firm in 2015 becoming a director there in 2016 increasing my advocacy experience in all types of family/children/child care disputes, training & managing teams of paralegals, trainee Solicitors and Solicitors in respect of family proceedings. I continued and increased my experience in child care cases representing parents and children. I joined National Legal Service Solicitors in early 2018 as a supervisor, I built up my Birmingham team from 3 paralegals to now being responsible for 4 Solicitors, 3 trainee Solicitors, 10 paralegals and 5 admin support team members across 3 offices. I have also advised in relation to surrogacy, wardship, Forced Marriage Protection Order, female genital mutilation, family appeals and unlawful removal of children from England & Wales
My role is to manage and motivate the team to be the best at advising, supporting and representing out clients with close attention to detail. I review files and documents the team draft, I advise and support the team with all queries they have directly or via their clients, I manage a growing caseload of more complex matters and have support from 2 supervisors whom line mange a team of paralegals, Solicitors and admin support each.
I never expected that I would have a career in family law whilst undertaking my LPC way back in 2001/2002, the opportunities were not as great for me as a law graduate as they are today but once I got into family law I realised how much there was to learn, that the law and procedure especially in relation to children is ever evolving meaning I am always learning and training my team about new aspects of family law.
I thoroughly enjoy the work I do, every day is a challenge to meet deadlines, manage emergency cases, support my clients and my teams, no 2 days are every the same. I enjoy helping vulnerable clients find solace with civil protection, helping the court make the best decisions for children and striving every day to increase the positive reputation for my teams and the firm by ensuring clients get the best support, advice and drafting possible. When this is achieved I feel a huge sense of achievement.
Life Before NLS
As per the previous box I was a partner in a law firm from 2011 -2015 then a director in a law firm from 2016 – 2018, both roles prepared me to manage, train and support a much bigger team that I now have.
At the age of 18 I was at a party in university when I was blown away by the skills the DJ had blending music seamlessly, from then on I began to buy and accumulate 12” vinyl records over 1998 to 2003, I obtained a pair professional record players (the legendary technics 1210s) and spent hours listening, mixing, scratching and practicing. I was able to bluff my way into parties and arrange a few too at university, for birthdays and a few weddings. My passion was urban r’n’b, hip hop, house, garage and bhangra music. At the moment I probably have well over 2500 12” records in the loft until the day I can find the time, space and grace for my family to pull them out and start having fund with them again.
I have volunteered at the university of law as a mentor since 2005 supporting students whom want to enter the profession with applying for roles, securing work experience and general advice.
Education & Professional Memberships
- LLB Honours in Law, Wolverhampton University graduating 2001
- Legal Practice Course completed at the university of law Birmingham 2002
- Accredited Member of Law Society panels for:
- Children Law since June 2017
- Advanced family law since May 2014: private children and violence in the home
- Member of the law society
Awards & Citations
No awards as such (I came runner up as director of the year at my last firm) but I rewarded daily by achievements my team and I reach.
I have had three cases to date that I have been involved in representing one of the parties reported as follows:
- Re M (A Child)  EWCA Civ 226
- Birmingham City Council v AB & Others  EWHC 3090 (Fam)
- Re X (A Child) (Surrogacy: Time limit)  EWHC 3135 (Fam)