Charter has a strong family and social care practice.
Key strengths are in the areas of:
- Children (both public & private law)
- Financial disputes, whether arising from the breakdown of marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation.
In public law children work members represent individuals vulnerable by reason of intellectual, physical or mental health difficulties and children who are themselves parents. Cases include non-accidental injury (with the unlawful death of a parent or a child) and sexual abuse. Children who are the subject of care proceedings arealso represented, including those competent to give instructions.
We have specific expertise in private law children work dealing with intractable contact disputes & fact finding hearings. Considerable experience has been developed in cases of children’s removal, both temporary & permanent, to non-Hague convention countries.
Members have particular expertise in the tracing of financial assets, both within and outside of the jurisdiction, especially if there have been related criminal proceedings.
With our family law experience Charter has in recent years responded to the growing need to represent vulnerable adults of all ages in their interaction with the law. This emerging and important area of work can incorporate meeting a social care need, dealing with a lack of local authority’s provision, a conflict of care from the NHS or representing individuals who fall within the Court of Protection.
Members recognise the need to be involved in a dispute as early as possible to work, either through direct public instruction or in partnership with instructing solicitors, to achieve the best result for the client.
We offer mediation through accredited family mediators for disputes involving both children and money whether the issues arise from the breakdown of a relationship or a breakdown in the wider family.