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Care & Adoption

Our work has involved cases of non-accidental injury, neglect, sexual abuse (including internet exposure), and allegations of fabricated or induced illness. Our barristers have experience of proceedings where the families involved have mental health problems, learning disabilities, substance misuse issues and where there are complicating immigration factors. We can also advise on potential negligence aspects of failure to act in cases where a child is at risk of serious harm.

These difficult and sensitive cases often involve complex procedural and evidential issues, as well as human rights arguments. Our barristers have wide experience in both recommending experts and cross-examining experts of all disciplines. We recognise the importance to our clients in maintaining consistency of representation throughout the often lengthy and invariably difficult court process, and we aim to ensure that this is achieved wherever possible.

Who we act for

  • Adoption and placement orders
  • Applications for care and supervision orders
  • Contact with children in care
  • Secure accommodation
  • Special guardianship orders
  • Wardship and other applications under the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. 

Our areas of work include: 

  • Children’s guardians
  • Interveners
  • Local Authorities
  • The Official Solicitor
  • Parents
  • Relatives

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact a member of our Practice Management Team on +44 20 7242 2523 or e-mail practicemanagementteam@hardwicke.co.uk.