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"First port of call in factually and legally complex public law children matters."
Legal 500 2015

Family: children

We are proud of our dedicated and highly experienced family law team headed by Joanne Astbury and superbly clerked by Mark Williams who is a regular recipient of plaudit from solicitors for his awareness and knowledge.


Our barristers  understand the need to enable professional clients to resolve complex cases, whilst at the same time being empathic to the lay client through stressful proceedings.

e offer specialist advice and advocacy in all aspects of family law including public and private child law, and matrimonial law & finance.  A selection of our barristers are also qualified mediators, and we have the facilities to offer mediation on-site.

We also regularly receive instructions in Public Law Child Care, Private Law Child Care; including applications to remove from the jurisdiction and child abduction cases, Applications under the inherent jurisdiction in relation to minors and persons under a disability, and domestic violence and harassment.

We regularly represent Local Authorities, parents, children’s guardians, CAFCASS Legal, and the Official Solicitor as well as both publicly funded and private clients in matrimonial disputes.



  • Parklane Plowden is seen by many instructing parties as a 'first port of call' in factually and legally complex public law children matters, which account for a significant part of the family group's workload. The set also has a burgeoning reputation for Court of Protection work; members act in relation to issues such as deprivation of liberty, care and treatment, as well as the property and affairs of vulnerable children and adults lacking capacity."

    Legal 500, 2015
  • With 'a good number of highly competent advocates', Parklane Plowden's family team successfully tendered for a childcare contract to provide services to a number of local authorities across the North East. Practitioners are experienced in representing vulnerable individuals including those with learning disabilities, mental health problems and young children.

    Legal 500 2014
  • Expert and sensitive advice combined with specialist advocacy. Providing good quality children law representation both in private and public law

    Legal 500 2011
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