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Children are our future. Nurturing and supporting them is the job of every adult with a responsibility to them, but occasionally particularly sensitive issues arise involving young people.

Whether the issue stems from a dispute within the family over how a child will be raised, their living and financial arrangements or from an external intervention such as from a local authority, our specialist team has significant expertise in dealing with complex, issues involving children. Our focus is always on the child’s welfare, and we place this at the centre of our work.

We act for parents, foster carers and special guardians but also for young people through their Cafcass guardians and directly for children who are old enough. We act in a range of situations, including care proceedings, adoption proceedings, access arrangements, child support and maintenance, family disputes and domestic and international relocation issues.

Wherever possible, our experienced team champions new approaches to resolving issues without the need for litigation. Occasionally, in disputes where parties have been unable to reach an out-of-court resolution, we provide support throughout the process, with a close eye on our number one priority; ensuring the wellbeing and welfare of the young people involved.

So if you’re seeking an experienced team, adept at handling the most sensitive of situations with care and understanding, we’re here for you.

Our services

Living arrangements for children
  • Determining who the child lives with and who they spend time with (formerly known as custody)
  • Disputes over specific issues of a child’s upbringing such as choice of school and consent to medical treatment
  • Relocating domestically or internationally with a child
Maintenance and finance for children
  • Child maintenance
  • Other financial provision for children such as provision of accommodation and to meet other one-off costs
International children matters
  • International child relocation
  • Child abduction
  • Preventative measures to stop a child from being taken abroad
Adoption proceedings
  • Adoption
  • International adoption
  • Step parent adoption
Care and local authority proceedings
  • Care Proceedings and the involvement of Local Authorities
  • Fostering

Contact a specialist

Jonathan Flower

Partner | Children & Safeguarding, Newcastle

+44 (0) 330 137 3206

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Andrea Dyer

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Leeds

+44 (0) 330 137 3216

+44 (0)793 919 1880

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Christine Barker

Partner | Family & Matrimonial, Manchester

+44 (0) 330 137 3226

+44 (0) 783 143 0922

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What people say

  • Louise Cannell-Mirza is a diligent and capable solicitor who works tirelessly for her clients.

    Legal 500
  • They are all very personable and down to earth, yet professional (as you’d expect) which is refreshing. The team keep me well informed of proceedings. They are attentive to my engagement and go to great lengths to ensure proceedings are on track and that I am fully informed at every step on progress. When decisions need to be made at key junctures, the team ensure that they take the time to explain in detail the possible options and likely outcomes or ramifications as a result. Can’t praise the ladies enough!

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I find the staff members extremely motivated, enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, and extremely focused and forensic in approach. The organisation of case work I feel is second to none.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway LLP are unique due to the quality of service they have provided to me and the children I work with. In my experience they are highly proficient in family law and the standard of legal advice is excellent. The child’s welfare is always at the core of any work/legal advice provided.

    Legal 500
  • I have repeatedly instructed the Family Law team to represent the children I work with as a result of their excellent practice. The team consistently provides a good quality service including legal advice, advocacy and ensuring I have everything I need to fulfill my role. I have always found the team to be a joy to work with.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Her work is always beautifully prepared and she manages clients' expectations and gets them in the right order. What Christine Barker doesn't know isn't worth knowing. She is pragmatic in her advice to clients and a joy to work with.

    Client quote
  • The team was knowledgeable and supportive, showing understanding and empathy with my situation. I was nervous at the beginning of the case but the team held my hand and really guided me through everything.

    Client quote
  • I just want to say a very big thank you to you, your professionalism and hard work throughout has got a result that I never dreamed of. You have filled me with confidence throughout the whole process and that to me was a huge help and of great comfort when dealing with something so horrific as these last few months. I am sat at home with the four children watching a film and feeling more content than I have done in the last 18months! So thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Client Quote
  • Excellent full-service family group which continues to expand across the North of England. Recognised for its collaborative approach to financial remedy matters and for its work on public law cases involving guardians.

    Chambers & Partners