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Family - Children
(Year of Call 2005)
Joined Chambers: 2005
Ll.B.(Hons) University of Sheffield
Admitted as a Solicitor 1975
Higher Courts(All Proceedings) Qualification [August 1994]
Since being called to the Bar in 2005, instructed by local authorities, solicitors for parents and children in both public and private law cases. Also acts for parents and children with disabilities including those with severe learning or mental health difficulties and is regularly instructed on behalf of the Official Solicitor.
As a result of having a background in defending in serious criminal law cases have acted in cases where there have been concurrent criminal and care proceedings.
Birmingham City Council v H ( A Minor)  1 All ER 12 House of Lords
Articled at Messrs Leo Abse & Cohen, Cardiff from 1973 to 1975.
Practised in the West Midlands as a prosecuting solicitor from 1976 to 1983 when jointly started the firm of Messrs Plunkett Lohmus of Handsworth, Birmingham specialising in serious crime and complex care cases for parties with disabilities and also acting as the solicitor for children.
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
Criminal Bar Association
Formerly Law Society Children's Panel Member for over 15 years
Formerly Law Society Mental Health Review Tribunal Member for over 9 years
Formerly Supervisor for Criminal, Family and Mental Health Categories of Work for the Legal Services Commission
Formerly Elected Member of the Birmingham Law Society
Former Secretary of the Criminal Law Committee of the Birmingham Law Society