Paula qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and since that date, she has practiced almost exclusively in family law. She trained at a small high street practice before moving on to a large firm that specialised in criminal and family law. It was during that time that she really began to develop her skills in acting for parents in Children Act proceedings and in cases involving domestic abuse.
Paula has been a member of the Law Society's Advanced Family Panel and Children Panel for many years. She is an accredited specialist in both public and private law Children Act cases and in domestic abuse. She trained as a mediator in 2005 and successfully undertook the Higher Rights Advocacy training in 2009. She has recently completed the vulnerable witness training which means that she is recognised as a specialist in the cross examination of vulnerable witnesses in sexual and physical abuse cases.
Paula has been involved in a number of high profile and reported cases. She is particularly skilled in representing parties in non-accidental injury cases. She has been involved in many cases involving injuries to children including bone fractures brain injury, burns, bruising, death and sexual abuse. Paula is also very experienced in representing parents and children with learning disabilities. She has detailed knowledge of the law relating to Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans for children with additional needs and the process involved in making those applications.
Paula is regularly called upon to represent teenagers in both care proceedings and in secure accommodation applications. Paula has handled many cases involving teenage mothers and fathers and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in matters involving child sexual exploitation.
Paula has had numerous cases where children have either remained at home during the life of the proceedings or have been successfully rehabilitated home at the conclusion of a case. She has a reputation for fighting hard for her clients and is recognised for her comprehensive skeleton arguments and narrative statements.
In relation to her work in private law proceedings, Paula acts for both parents and children in complex cases involving parental alienation, implacable hostility, re-location and enforcement proceedings. She is also able to assist both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in injunction proceedings.
Paula is a skilled and confident advocate. She believes that it is important for any client to have continuity of representation and therefore, she will always try and conduct the advocacy herself for the parties that she represents. Many of Paula’s clients specifically request that she conducts hearings on their behalf as opposed to Counsel. She regularly represents parents and children at contested interim removal hearings, finding of fact hearings and final hearings in respect of care matters, private law matters and adoption.
Paula has a keen interest in amateur dramatics and is an active member of her local theatre group. She enjoys the theatre, literature and music as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Paula can be contacted on 07800 777158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Slade v Slade  EWCA Civ 748
F (Children)  EWCA Civ 826
S (A Child), BS & Ors v Nottingham CC & Ors  EWCA Civ 771
CC, DD, EE and FF (Children)  EWFC B170
“I just want to say thank you again. I feel such a sense of relief I can't explain. You've given me the kids back and I can't thank you enough.”
“Thank you Paula from the bottom of my heart for everything that you have done for me and my daughter.”
"Amazing solicitor! Stuck by me through everything for nine months! Got my son back home, highly, highly recommend Paula! She's not just a solicitor she's also your friend during the time, you won't feel on edge, you will feel at home and your mind at ease!"