Amanda practices in all areas of children law and is regularly instructed by local authorities and parents in care proceedings. She has a particular interest in representing parents with mental health issues and learning difficulties, as well as in Coroner’s Court cases, with which she is often involved. Amanda frequently conducts fact-finding hearings which deal with serious allegations including non-accidental injuries, sexual and physical abuse and neglect.
"Experienced in representing parents with mental health issues and learning difficulties" (The Legal 500, 2016)
"Undertakes complex public law cases and family-related inquests work" (The Legal 500, 2015)
A matter of weeks before the Judgment of Re B-S was handed down, Amanda successfully obtained leave to oppose the making of an Adoption Order. During the course of proceedings, she successfully argued for an expert assessment of the mother. She later obtained authority for a leader and was led by Paul Storey QC at the final hearing.
Amanda also represented a mother in an application for a non-molestation order via the Bar pro-bono unit. She successfully obtained the order and obtained the first-ever costs order in favour of the Bar pro-bono unit in family law proceedings.
Represented social care in a 2-week inquest where there were numerous issues including concerns that there was a lack of effective communication between the various bodies so that a full picture was not available to individual professionals concerned.
Represented an intervener in a 2-week fact finding hearing heard by a DFJ sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge. The case involved a long history of incest and sexual abuse as well as more recent issues of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. No findings were made against the intervener. Findings were made against the local authority of systemic and individual failures, led by Amanda's cross examination of one of the social workers.
"The client and I found you to be very well prepared, organised and methodical in your approach. You were professional and at the same time had a real personal touch and empathy for the client. An ideal combination." SH - Nottingham.
"The client thinks you did a splendid job for him and speaks about in glowing terms (with very good reason I must add). You were very impressive in court and at all other times when dealing with myself and the client. Look forward to working with you again soon." - PH - Nottingham
Amanda graduated in Law from Liverpool University in 2004 and was called to the Bar in 2005. She worked at Chester County Court, Walker Smith & Way Solicitors and Legal Practice Clerks. Completed her pupillage at Northampton Chambers in 2010 before joining St. Mary’s Chambers in 2011. Held the post of Junior of the Midland Circuit 2014-15.
REPRESENTING PARENTS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES"
The Legal 500, 2016