Liz was called to the bar in 1987 and for over 20 years has practiced exclusively in the field of family law. She appears frequently in complex and sensitive cases involving children (public and private) as well as cases within the financial remedies remit, dealing with issues involving substantial assets and often where the Court is faced with complex factual and expert evidence.
Liz has a proven ability to deal with high conflict issues in a calm and professional manner whilst devoting significant energy to her client’s case.
Liz is available for work internationally on all family law matters.
Family Finance Team
Liz acts for wives, husbands and intervenors in cases involving substantial assets and often where the Court is faced with complex factual and expert evidence. In recent years she has specialised in cases involving businesses where the Court has been required to consider forensic accounting evidence in order to value shareholdings and to assess liquidity. She has acted in a number of cases involving minority shareholdings where the issue of quasi partnership has arisen and where contribution arguments have featured. Liz has extensive experience of cases involving significant pension assets where the issue of pension sharing /offset has been the subject of expert actuarial evidence.
Her breadth of experience in the field of family finance enables her to give forthright views as to likely outcomes at an early stage in proceedings and in that way to ensure that financial dispute resolutions are as effective as they can be.
Liz believes that her expertise in private law children cases can be of significant benefit to those clients facing marital breakdown who need swift advice and able representation on both money and the arrangements for their children, who would prefer to obtain it from one source.
Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse
Liz acts for parents and guardians (where appointed) in residence and contact cases of great sensitivity and often where the evidence of expert psychologists or psychiatrists aids the courts determination on welfare issues. She is a fierce advocate in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse and parental alienation. Her vast experience in this field extends to cases involving an international element where clients need to be given comprehensive advice on an urgent basis.
Liz has represented clients from a range of backgrounds, including those with learning difficulties, and her experience and maturity enable her to establish a rapport with the client to achieve the best outcome possible.
Public Law Care and Adoption
Liz acts for Local Authorities, parents, guardians and grandparents/other interested parties, in cases involving serious non accidental injury, sexual abuse, chronic neglect, death of the child and fabricated and induced illness (FII).
Liz is experienced in complex public law cases under the children and adoption legislation, in particular those involving complex medical issues; cases where placement of children outside the jurisdiction is proposed; cases where confidentiality and disclosure are an issue, including restraint of publication by the media and cases involving the use of the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.
E (A Child) (Family Proceedings: Evidence), Re  EWCA Civ 473;  4 W.L.R. 105
Stockport MBC v AM  EWFC 12
A CC v AB  EWFC 82
W (Children) (Adoption: Procedure: Conditions), Re  EWCA Civ 403;  1 F.L.R. 454;  3 F.C.R. 99;  Fam. Law 765
Coventry City Council v B  EWHC 4014 (Fam);  1 F.L.R. 411;  Fam. Law 954
E (A Child) (Wardship Order: Child in Voluntary Accommodation), Re  EWCA Civ 1773;  2 F.L.R. 63;  Fam. Law 399
K (A Child) (Post Adoption Placement Breakdown), Re  EWHC 4148 (Fam);  1 F.L.R. 1;  Fam. Law 1450
Coventry City Council v O  EWCA Civ 729;  Fam. 210;  3 W.L.R. 208;  P.T.S.R. 835;  2 F.L.R. 936;  3 F.C.R. 38;  B.L.G.R. 279;  Fam. Law 921; (2011) 108(27) L.S.G. 23; (2011) 161 N.L.J. 952; Times, July 1, 2011; Official Transcript
J (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Injuries), Re  EWHC 1383 (Fam);  2 F.L.R. 99;  Fam. Law 479