I joined Hodge Jones & Allen LLP in July 2010. I specialise in public law children work, representing parents and other family members following the involvement of social services with their family. I am a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and am regularly appointed to represent children in the Family Courts. I act for Children’s Guardians and am also instructed directly by children who have the capacity to do so.
I have acted in complex cases involving non-accidental injuries. I have particular expertise representing parents and children in care proceedings involving a wide range of issues such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health difficulties and learning difficulties. I have also been regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in cases where a party lacks the capacity to conduct litigation. I have also acted in proceedings where the Local Authority has applied for a young person to be placed in Secure Accommodation.
In addition to public law children work, I also advise on private law contact and residence matters.
College of Law, Guildford, LPC (2002)
University of Reading, LLB 2:1 (Hons) (2001)
Hodge Jones & Allen LLP (2010)
Steel & Shamash Solicitors (2006-10)
Admitted as a Solicitor, (September 2006)
Trainee, Steel & Shamash Solicitors (2004-06)
“Sara supported me throughout my time in the family court without judgment.”
Membership & Appointments
The Law Society Children Panel
Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)
I regularly go to the theatre and to gigs. I also enjoy travelling, cinema and reading.
Section 20 agreements allow Social Services to place your child in foster care, or with other members of your family, without the need for a Court Order. There is a lot to think about when considering whether to enter into a Section 20 agreement, so I’ve set out the answers to some of the questions I am regularly asked by parents.What is Section 20?
I recently attended a very interesting talk by an organisation called Pause. Pause work with women who have experienced repeat removals of their children through care proceedings. The Pause programme aims to support women to break the cycle they are in, by assisting them to develop new skills, and to begin building a more positive future.
Women’s refuges have provided invaluable protection, as well as emotional and practical support, for some of the most vulnerable clients that I have dealt with as a family solicitor. Refuges also enable children to remain safely with their mothers, at a time when the only other alternative may be for a Local Authority to become involved and place a child in foster care.