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Court Of Protection

We welcome instructions in the field of the Court of Protection.
If you’re looking for advice or representation in any aspect of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, we can advise or represent –

  • Claimants
  • Family members
  • Local authorities
  • Healthcare bodies
  • Private bodies
  • The Official Solicitor
  • Other litigation friend
We specialise in welfare cases, the deprivation of liberty safeguards and medical treatment.

Senate House Chambers Court Of Protection Team

Elizabeth Gooderham
Year of Call: 2001

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Elizabeth Gooderham is a very experienced advocate who, after an early career at the bar undertaking both criminal and family law now specialises solely in all aspects of child-care law.

Elizabeth specialises in public and complex private law proceedings. Elizabeth is a thorough and detailed advocate with an ability to get to the heart of the matter. She has a sensitive and understanding approach when dealing with vulnerable clients, including those with mental health difficulties, young parents and competent children.

Elizabeth acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a wide range of cases, including:

• Serious non-accidental injury
• Sexual abuse
• Concurrent criminal proceedings
• Chronic neglect
• Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Parents with mental health difficulties
• Adoption
• Special Guardianship
• Domestic Violence
• Child arrangements disputes
• Parental alienation

Education
University:
University of Derby (2000)

Law School:
Inns of Court School of Law (2001)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple
Midland Circuit

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William Falshaw
Year of Call: 1987

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
William Falshaw has been involved in law for over 30 years. Using his background in criminal law he has developed a successful family law practice by using his experience as a launch-pad to meet new challenges.

William has represented applicants in Private Law cases and acted for guardians and parents in contested Public Law hearings at all levels. He is well versed in dealing with allegations of neglect, emotional and sexual abuse. William has a compassionate affinity which allows him to understand drug addiction and the challenges faced by parents in the Family Court, his compassion and understanding in dealing with cases involving domestic abuse, be it for a victim a perpetrator or on behalf of a child, has often been commented favourably by the Judiciary.

William acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a range of cases:

• Adoption
• Special guardianship
• Child arrangement disputes
• Criminal proceedings
• Neglect
• Sexual abuse
• Drug and alcohol abuse
• Domestic Violence

Education
University:
Queen Mary College (University of London)

Law School:
City University
Inns of Court College of Law

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple

What our clients are saying
William Falshaw has been praised for his well-balanced advice to clients and his professional, his considered approach towards his clients and his tenacity in putting his client’s case clearly and succinctly.

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Lucy Fairclough
Year of Call: 2005

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Lucy Fairclough is an experienced advocate specialising in child law. Prior to specialising in family law, Lucy also practised at the criminal bar prosecuting and defending offences including serious sexual offences and domestic violence This background has provided Lucy with invaluable experience, skills and knowledge that is particularly beneficial in cases involving and issues of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, domestic violence and in cases requiring cross examination of a child. In the court room Lucy is a robust and tenacious advocate; with her clients Lucy is able to give firm and clear advice whilst remaining compassionate and sympathetic.

Lucy acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a wide range of cases:

• Serious non-accidental injury
• Fabricated and/or induced illness, including hospital intervenors
• Female Genital Mutilation
• Sexual abuse
• Concurrent criminal proceedings
• Human Rights Act claims arising from public law proceedings
• Chronic neglect
• Hearing impaired families
• Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Adoption including adoptions with international elements
• Special Guardianship
• Domestic Violence
• Child arrangements disputes, including intractable contact disputes

Education
University:
University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (2003)

Law School:
Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (2005)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Grays Inn
Midland Circuit
Women in Family Law

What our clients are saying
Lucy has a strong reputation for being a professional, accomplished and dedicated advocate who has particular skill in client care. Lucy is particularly adept in cases involving an intermediary and at managing vulnerable and challenging clients.

Cases
ED, RE [2015] EWFC B84 (29 May 2015)

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Hannah Mettam
Year of Call: 2006

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Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Representation of Children

Profile
Hannah has been ranked in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Children cases since 2018.

Hannah has significant experience and expertise in Public Law Children matters, and some private law children in cases where serious allegations are made. A specialist in complex proceedings, Hannah regularly appears in cases involving the most serious of allegations and has a wealth of experience both in being led by Queen’s Counsel and in leading other junior members of Chambers. Hannah regularly appears in High Court proceedings.

Hannah acts on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, children and intervenors in a wide range of cases including:

• Cases involving child death
• Serious non-accidental injury
• Fabricated and induced illness
• Admission of children to hospital for treatment
• Sexual abuse

Education
University: Nottingham Trent University (LLB 1st Class)
Law School: Nottingham Law School

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple

What our clients are saying
Hannah is routinely requested in cases when a detailed and forensic approach is required. Her advocacy style is described as formidable and she is an extremely popular choice, for lay and professional clients alike, where cases require expert cross-examination. Hannah’s client-care skills are second-to-none.

Legal 500 – “A redoubtable advocate who inspires confidence in clients.”

Cases
Z (A Child), Re [2020] EWFC B13

Northamptonshire County Council v AB & Anor [2019] EWHC 1807 (Fam)

O (A Child): Interim Care Order [2019] EWCA Civ 583

H-L (Children: Summary Dismissal of Care Proceedings) [2019] EWCA Civ 704
([2019] 4 WLR 70, [2019] EWCA Civ 704, [2019] WLR(D) 240; From England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

P (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 720 ([2018] 1 WLR 4486, [2018] 2 FLR 893, [2018] 3 FCR 9, [2018] EWCA Civ 720, [2018] WLR 4486, [2018] WLR(D) 228

ES (A Child), Re [2017] EWFC B96 (03 November 2017)

ED, Re [2015] EWFC B84

X County Council v AB & CD [2015] EWFC 98

NCC v L & Anor [2014] EWHC 4828 (Fam)

Cooke, R (on the application of) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2008] EWHC 2703 (Admin) (2008) 172 JP 596, [2008] EWHC 2703 (Admin), [2008] MHLR 348

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Charlene Henderson
year of Call: 2009

01604 210 979


Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Charlene practices exclusively in children matters, covering all aspects of private and public children’s work in the family field. Charlene began her practice in both crime and family; her mixed practice has equipped her with knowledge of the crossover between the criminal and family jurisdictions. Charlene conducted her last ever criminal case in the Court of Appeal.

Charlene has experience in representing local authorities, parents, interveners, related parties, children’s guardians and competent children at all stages of care proceedings. She appears before all levels of the judiciary, including in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Her work in this field includes:

• Fact finding hearings comprising serious non-accidental injury (‘shaken’ baby allegations, multiple fractures and multiple bruising).
• Fact finding hearings involving sexual abuse allegations.
• Re-litigation/challenge to historic findings.
• Drug and alcohol abuse, including FDAC proceedings.
• Mental illness or learning difficulties, including when the client is represented by the Official Solicitor.
• Representation of young clients.
• Serious domestic violence.
• Chronic neglect.
• Removal from jurisdiction.
• High conflict cases (parental alienation and malign influence).
• Appeal hearings.

Public Access scheme:
Charlene regularly accepts instructions under the Public Access scheme.

Education
University:
University of Sussex (2008)

Law School:
BPP London (2009)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Lincoln’s Inn

What our clients are saying
Charlene takes a dedicated approach to all of her cases and has a reputation for representing clients with passion and conviction. She has a fierce tenacity in the courtroom and has been described as an “impressive advocate” with an “astonishing command of her case”. Her knowledge, preparation and organisation of papers has been referred to as “exceptional”.

Cases
Re Z (A Child: Committal Proceedings) [2020] EWFC B5

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Daniel Sheridan
Year of Call: 2008

01604 210 979


Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence


Profile

Daniel Sheridan is an experienced child law practitioner specialising in public and private law proceedings. Daniel takes a compassionate and focused approach to his lay and professional clients. Daniel places the upmost importance on giving balanced, clear, evidenced-based advice to empower clients to make informed, mindful decisions. In the often emotionally charged and stressful environment of the Family Court, clients should feel enabled to make the right choices for their case.

Daniel acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, competent children and intervenors in a wide range of cases:

• Serious non-accidental injury
• Fabricated and/or induced illness, including hospital intervenors
• Female Genital Mutilation
• Sexual abuse
• Concurrent criminal proceedings
• Human Rights Act claims arising from public law proceedings
• Chronic neglect
• Hearing impaired families
• Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Adoption including adoptions with international elements
• Special Guardianship
• Domestic Violence
• Child arrangements disputes, including intractable contact disputes

Education
University:
University of Sheffield (2007)

Law School:
Manchester Metropolitan University (2008)

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple
The Medio-Legal Society

What our clients are saying
Daniel Sheridan is described as going beyond the call of duty and is a child focused and robust advocate. He has a reputation for his attention to detail and has fantastic client care skills. Daniel is listed as a leading junior in Family and Children Law in the legal 500.

Cases
Z (A Child), Re [2020] EWFC B13

A (fact finding, rib injuries), Re [2019] EWFC B89 (30 September 2019)

A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 799 (09 May 2019)

Northamptonshire County Council v M and N [2018] EWFC 82

Milton Keynes Council v A, B, X and Y (Muslim children, Special Guardianship) [2014] EWFC B102 (14 May 2014

OCC v B & T [2015] EWFC B73 (18 June 2013)

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Adam Gulliver
Year of Call: 2016

01604 210 979


Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Adam regularly represents parties in Public and Private Children’s Law and Family Law Act matters, both at an interim stage and within final hearings. Adam has significant experience of representing a range of parties in such matters, including parents, local authorities, children (with or without a Children’s Guardian) and grandparents and regularly deals with cases that concern the following issues:

• Chronic Neglect
• Substance Misuse (including FDAC proceedings)
• Adoption proceedings
• Special Guardianship
• Domestic Violence
• Intractable contact disputes
• Child Arrangements cases with an international element
• Prohibited Steps and Specific Issue Orders

Education
University:
Bangor University (2014) – LLB – 1st Class
Law School:
BPP Manchester (2016) – BPTC – Outstanding

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

What our clients are saying
Adam is noted for his ability to bring a considerate and client-focused approach to his work, whilst ensuring that his clients still receive the pragmatic, clear, evidence-based guidance that they deserve. Adam has a reputation for his thoroughness, both in terms of his preparation and his ability to give advice to lay and professional clients alike.

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Paul Froud
Year of Call: 2013

01604 210 979

Specialist areas
Adoption and Special Guardianship
Care Proceedings
Child Arrangements
Domestic Violence

Profile
Paul has a busy and diverse family law practice, with an emphasis on public law Children Act proceedings. He acts for parents, local authorities, guardians and interveners and has appeared at all levels of the Family Court and the Court of Appeal. Paul’s practice includes cases involving non-accidental injuries, FII, neglect, substance misuse, mental health, physical & sexual abuse and domestic abuse.

Paul is qualified to accept instructions, in suitable cases, on a Direct Access basis.

Education
Law LLB (Hons) University of Sussex (2012)
BPTC Kaplan Law School (2013)

Languages
French – Proficient
British Sign Language – Basic

Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
Middle Temple

What our clients are saying
I particularly singled out Mr Froud for his efforts. […]. In cross-examination and in submissions he did all he could to argue her case, fairly and with sincerity.
HHJ Vincent, Family Court at Oxford

Cases
P (A Child), Re [2018] EWCA Civ 720 (11 April 2018)

Re X [2018] EWFC B25

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