Our Safe from Harm team works to protect vulnerable people, both children and adults.
Led by expert children’s lawyer Mat Waddington, who has been a member of the Law Society’s children’s panel since 2008, the team works across our offices in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford and the Wye Valley.
We make sure that children’s voices are heard in both public and private law proceedings and that victims of domestic abuse have the urgent help they need to stay safe.
We act for children and those who have their best interests at heart – we give children a voice in court proceedings which concern their future, and we help family members who want to keep those children safe and well.
We can act for the children themselves or for parents, grandparents or other family members with the children’s interests at heart.
Mat will focus on public law – care proceedings started by local authorities which can lead to care orders, supervision orders, emergency protection orders and secure accommodation orders. With 17 years’ experience, he is able to take a case through from start to finish so that clients know he will support them throughout, without needing to bring in barristers.
Fiona Lawson-Hughes is a Partner in the Worcester office at Harrison Clark Rickerbys Limited and has a wealth of experience in acting for parties in children’s law proceedings and is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Fiona Davies in Cheltenham and Clare Whittaker in Hereford also have extensive experience in children’s law proceedings, with Fiona also being a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel. Nathalie Payne in Wye Valley office brings her experience in private children law cases and cases involving domestic abuse.
Money is often a worry, we offer legal aid for care cases which is a right for parents and children.
When relationships tip over into abuse or violence, we can act immediately to help keep victims safe, getting court orders to keep the abuser away from their victim.
Mat and the team are ready to act quickly to enable domestic violence prevention orders or notices to be put in place.
We know how important it is to act quickly – we can often help within 24-48 hours of your call and we always aim to meet you in a safe place, so that you don’t have to come to our offices if that is difficult.
Money is often a worry, but legal aid is available for domestic abuse cases so we will always explore if that’s open to you.