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Teresa joined the firm in April 2022 as a fee earner in the Care and Vulnerable Client Department representing parents whose children have been removed from their care by the Local Authority or are at risk of such removal.
Teresa represents clients in Court and Public Law Outline Meetings with the Local Authority. Teresa works out of the Waterlooville Office but regularly travels to the firm’s other offices to meet with clients at their convenience.
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
- Admitted as a Fellow of The Institute of Legal Executives, July 1999 – this has subsequently become the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Experience and Expertise
- Over 3 years working in law, 25 years as a fee earner and 21 years qualified as a Legal Executive
- Currently – representing parents in Court and in meetings who are at risk of having their children removed from their care for alleged emotional, physical or sexual abuse
- Advising and assisting clients in relation to ways in which to avoid Court proceedings, or alternatively to place themselves in a position whereby the Court is able to safely return children to their family homes
- Drafting all necessary documentation for Court
- Entering into communications and negotiations with other parties and advocates within proceedings
- Attending Advocates conference meetings on behalf of clients
- Assisting parents with learning difficulties and other vulnerabilities in obtaining the necessary intermediary assessments and assistance to aid them through the Court hearings and trials
- Recognising when expert assessments are required and instructing those experts to prepare reports
- Departmental Supervisor
- Previous experience - dealing with all aspects of family law, divorce, children dispute, domestic violence protection, cohabitee separation together with Public Law childcare proceedings
- Sitting as a voluntary member of the Southampton Domestic Violence Forum (no longer in existence); being invited to join and taking up the post on the Equal Opportunities Committee of Southampton City Council representing women (voluntary)
- Being invited to and sitting on the advisory committee for the setting up of MARAC in Southampton for the sharing of information for vulnerable families within agencies
Teresa is a Trustee and Treasurer of Abby’s Heroes which is a charity founded in 2016 to help and support children and their families on the Piam Brown Ward in Southampton General Hospital, following the harsh reality of a diagnosis of child cancer. The Piam Brown Ward takes children from the whole of Hampshire and surrounding areas. Teresa regularly joins in with fund raising for the charity.