Pepperells is passionate about obtaining positive outcomes for families facing difficult times.
There are a number of circumstances which can lead to Social Services becoming involved with families. Our Specialist Child Care Team can assist parties from the first contact from a Social Worker to the difficult process of care or adoption proceedings.
Our team aims to resolve issues through negotiation with Social Services as soon as possible to avoid the need for Court proceedings.
We believe that parents, grandparents and children deserve skilful and robust representation and are proud to deliver that service nationally.
Pepperells can provide advice regarding all elements of Child Care, Public and Adoption Law including:-
- Child Protection Plans
- Section 20 Agreements
- Removal of children
- Public Law Outline (PLO) Meetings
- Care Orders
- Supervision Orders
- Adoption Orders
- Placement Orders
- Special Guardianship Orders
- Emergency Protection Orders
- Contact with a Child in Care
- Judicial Review
Why choose Pepperells?
Our Specialist child care team is here to help you through what can be an emotional and traumatic time by providing you with clear advice and robust representation at Court.
Pepperells has extensive experience in dealing with parents who are vulnerable through historic abuse, alcohol or drug issues, mental health difficulties or learning disabilities. We tailor our approach to meet the needs of each individual client and ensure they are fully supported throughout the legal process.
We are also able to provide representation through the Official Solicitor to those who lack capacity to conduct proceedings due to learning or mental health difficulties.
Pepperells has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases with an international element including adoption of foreign nationals.
Many members of our Child Care Team are members of the Law Society’s Children Panel which enables them to represent children directly, and through their Children’s Guardians during Court proceedings.
Our Child Care Team are confident and effective advocates, undertaking all elements of advocacy where possible. Our Specialist Team also includes Solicitor-Advocates, undertaking the same role as barristers, meaning that Pepperells are able to represent our Clients from the Family Proceedings Court and County Court to the Court of Appeal, High Court and House of Lords.
Pepperells specialist team have significant experience and regularly deal with highly complex care cases involving allegations of:-
- Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Failing to protect
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Suspicious bruising
- Non-accidental injuries (bruising, broken bones, brain damage)
- Failure to thrive
- Factitious illness
- “Shaken Baby Syndrome”
- Complex medical complications
- Causing or allowing the death of a child
Funding – Will I have to pay?
There is a variety of funding available through the Legal Help and Legal Aid Scheme. Contact our team at Pepperells today to discuss your circumstances and if you are able to access free legal advice and representation on 01482 326511, 01724 871999 and 01472 245555