John is a specialist family practitioner with an emphasis in child care work who represents parents and children in all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal. John has extensive experience covering all aspects of proceedings relating to children including public law and private law disputes.
He is experienced in the representation of a wide range of clients, including local authorities, parents, extended family members, intervenors, the official solicitor and children (including separate representation of competent children) in both areas of public and private law.
John has a background of practicing in criminal law which has included cases concerning children relating to allegations of serious neglect and physical / sexual abuse. This background has provided an invaluable basis of knowledge and experience particularly when acting in cases with a concurrent criminal investigation, previous or current criminal proceedings.
He has acted in factually and legally complex cases involving allegations of factitious, induced illnesses and non-accidental injuries to a child / children and infant death.
John’s particular interest and expertise in cases involving complex medical and factual issues in respect of possible fabricated or induced injuries, non-accidental injuries and allegations of serious sexual or physical abuse.
Areas of practice include: –
Complex private law cases
Care proceedings with concurrent criminal investigation or proceedings such as non-accidental injuries, neglect and sexual and physical abuse
Fabricated or Induced illness
Complex medical issues
Children cases involving immigration issues
Adoption with an international element
Child cruelty / chastisement with an international or cultural dimension
Court of Protection work
Parents with learning or physical disabilities
Parent with severe mental health issues
Re C (Interim Care Order: Residential Assessment)  1 FLR 1
R (On the application of F) v CPS and Chief Constable of Merseyside Police  EWHC 3266
A Local Authority v A mother & Ors  EWHC 2969 (Fam) (26 October 2012)
Wigan Borough Council v Fisher & Ors (Rev 1)  EWFC 34 (21 April 2015)