Care Proceedings Department
Here at Brendan Fleming Solicitors we are proud of our team of dedicated and specially trained fee earners who will provide a professional and friendly service throughout, and our team will be understanding of the difficult situation you may find yourself in.
At Brendan Fleming Solicitors we offer a first class legal service where we ensure that every client, regardless of their situation, is our priority. Our approach is tailored to your needs we will work to resolve your case in in a thorough, yet efficient manner.
If the local authority is involved with your family, we are able to offer you detailed guidance as to the legal process that must be followed by everyone concerned.
Representation of Children
Within Public Law Proceedings (i.e. Court proceedings involving the local authority) a solicitor will be appointed to represent the interests of the children. Sometimes this also happens in Private Law Proceedings (i.e. applications which may include Child Arrangement Orders, Special Guardianship Orders). The solicitor will normally work alongside a CAFCASS Guardian to assist and advise the Court in making decisions for the children. They will look at everything from the child’s point of view rather than that of the local authority or parents, and make recommendations to the Court as to what is in each child’s best interests.
Sometimes, if the child is old enough and has a good understanding of the proceedings, the solicitor may take their instructions directly from the child. This is on a strictly case-by-case and is a decision that the child’s solicitor and Guardian may make themselves.
As we have Law Society accredited Children’s Law solicitors, we are able to take instructions from Guardians on behalf of children and are delighted to assist where possible. Additionally, we are able to represent family members or friends connected to proceedings who may wish to become more involved in the process by way of an assessment.
We have a large team who specialise in all aspects of the law relating to children including: The public law pre-proceedings process
Care proceedings (including Emergency Protection Orders)
Applications for contact with children in care
Applications to discharge a Care Order
Applications to revoke a Placement Order
Special Guardianship Orders
Private law applications under the Children Act 1989
Contact our experts and tell us about your case
0800 246 5612