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Since joining Chambers in 2016, Jodie has developed a busy family law practice. She acts on behalf of parents, intervenors and Children’s Guardians in Public and Private Law children matters and Family Law Act applications.
She has experience acting for vulnerable parents with mental health issues and learning difficulties. More recently Jodie has represented parents in care proceedings concerning issues of obesity and deafness and in private law matters where there are cross allegations of domestic abuse and parental alienation.
Lay and professional clients are often impressed by Jodie’s robust and pragmatic approach to her cases. She often achieves out of court settlements in highly contentious disputes between parents, achieving good outcomes for children of separated parents.
Jodie has provided training to newly qualified social workers in Sussex on the preparation of s.7 reports, giving advice on the law relating to fact finding hearings with a particular emphasis on domestic abuse and the Family Procedure Rules, Practice Direct 12J.
Before coming to the Bar, Jodie worked as an Appropriate Adult assisting vulnerable detainees and youths with their communication during police interviews. Jodie also spent time volunteering for Release, a charity that provides legal advice on the law relating to drugs and drugs offence. She was the Legal Researcher for Release’s 2017 publication, ‘Sex Workers and the Law’. Outside of the Bar, Jodie enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, fine dining and cooking.
BPTC: University of Law, 2013
- LLM (Hons): University of Sussex, 2011
- LL.B (Hons): University of Sussex, 2010