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Deborah
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Leeds 0113 228 5000
Newcastle 0191 221 2121
clerks@parklaneplowden.co.uk

Deborah Shield

Called 1991

Deborah is highly regarded by Solicitors for her sensitivity, patience and empathy and her determination to achieve the best possible result for her client.

Areas of Expertise
Court of Protection
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 Deborah is able to accept instructions in the following areas:

  • Acting for Local Authorities, the Official Solicitor and respondents.

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • Deputyship

  • Removal of the Nearest Relative

  • Welfare and property/financial affairs

Family: Children
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Her practice encompasses:

- Care Proceedings
- Adoption and Special Guardianship Proceedings
- Children matters with an international element and child abduction.
- Private law proceedings involving children, including Schedule I disputes.
- Injunctive relief and committal proceedings in cases involving domestic violence and in ancillary relief proceedings.
- Divorce and matrimonial finance.
- Court of Protection.

-Deborah is a qualified Children’s Arbitrator and is a member of IFLA.

 

Public Law Proceedings

Deborah has considerable experience of care proceedings, including those with an international and inter-jurisdictional element.

Her practice is balanced between representation of Local Authorities, parents, children and family members.

She has regularly conducted cases in the High Court and Principal Registry, and appellate proceedings.

Her experience covers the spectrum of cases involving complex medical issues, alleged non-accidental injury, sexual abuse, neglect and physical and emotional harm.

She has a particular interest in cases where there are mental health and capacity issues.

Private Law Proceedings

Deborah has many years' experience of representing parents in cases which involve disputes over their children, whether the issue relates to ‘child arrangements’ or a financial dispute.

She is acutely aware of the difficult nature of these proceedings for clients, and the need for sensitivity balanced with very firm and focused advocacy.

 

In all cases, Deborah is convinced that a conference with the client at the earliest opportunity in proceedings is invaluable and is able to travel to solicitors’ offices to meet with and advise the client.

Deborah has a very ‘hands on’ approach and is willing to advise, both formally and informally, by telephone or in writing at any stage of proceedings.

Family: Property & Finance
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Divorce and Matrimonial Finance

Deborah has significant experience of representing clients in ancillary relief proceedings.
Her practice encompasses cases which involve significant assets and high profile clients, including the lead singer of a well known pop group and a famous international balloonist.

She has particular experience of cases involving farms and agricultural businesses.

She is also instructed in cases with more limited assets and liabilities but which are as important for the client.

Public & Admin Law
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Deborah is able to accept instructions in the following areas:

  • Acting for Local Authorities, the Official Solicitor and respondents.

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

  • Deputyship

  • Removal of the Nearest Relative

  • Welfare and property/financial affairs

Lectures
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Deborah is able to deliver tailored seminars and training in all of her practice areas.

In particular:

- In house updates and training on topics selected by solicitors.
- In house training to social workers on best practice when preparing and giving evidence in Court.

Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons), Inns of Court School of Law

Professional Associations

Family Law Bar Association Association of Lawyers for Children A Member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA)

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