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Amanda specialises in complex public law Children Act “care” proceedings. She represents local
authorities, parents, children and other family members. A significant proportion of her cases
involve non accidental injury, sexual abuse, and/or chronic neglect. She also appears in adoption
and Special Guardianship Order matters.
She is very approachable, sensible and empathetic. She is the barrister of choice for solicitors
with vulnerable clients, especially those with a learning disability or mental health difficulties.
Amanda has a reputation for being sensitive but pragmatic. She is regularly instructed in
complex private law Children Act matters. She also has considerable experience of dealing with
cases involving domestic abuse.
Amanda also has experience and expertise in Education Law. She represents local authorities,
schools and/or academies, and parents in school exclusion appeals, admission appeals and
other education related matters. Having been a Governor, including Chair of Governors, within
the state and private sector for the past 10 years, Amanda has extensive experience of the
governance of schools. She accepts instructions from schools to sit as the independent Chair or
panel member of grievance, disciplinary and/or complaints appeal panels.
In 2015 Amanda accepted a Lectureship on the Bar Professional Training Course at the City Law
School, at City, University of London. She lectures and supervises postgraduate law students in
the fields of Family and Civil Law.
Amanda became an accredited Arbitrator for the Children Arbitration Scheme in 2017.
She accepts cases through the Direct Access scheme.
"Many thanks for this and the wonderful service you have provided on my behalf. I think this is an incredible outcome overall and don’t think I would have managed to achieve this without your assistance and supervision”
Direct Access Client
- BSc (Hons), University of Manchester (1985)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University (1997)
- Called to the Bar in July 1998 (Middle Temple)
- Family Law Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Public Access Bar Association
- Children Arbitrator (CIArb)
- Re TC and JC ( Children: Relocation)  EWHC 292 (Fam),  2 FLR 484
- Re T (Care Proceedings: Drug Testing)  EWHC 4081 (Fam),  2 FLR 467