Lucy Hendry specialises in all aspects of public and private child law acting for parents, intervenors, extended family members, guardians, local authorities and the OS. She has a well established practice and is highly regarded by professional and lay clients.
- Expert / medico-legal issues / non accidental injury
- Drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and neglect
- Children and/or parents with special needs / cognitive impairment / capacity issues
- S.38(6) assessments
- Adoption / Special Guardianship / Wardship
- Entrenched residence and contact disputes
- Split hearings / domestic violence and abuse
- Removal from the jurisdiction
Recent notable cases include
Re S (2015)
Instructed on behalf of M. Achieved reunification and continued placement with M / dismissal of LA applications for care and placement orders.
Re L (2014)
Instructed on behalf of LA. Achieved findings against parents re sexual harm. Additional issues of complex family history and wider parenting concerns.
Re J (2014)
Public Law applications. Complex family history, M lacked capacity / Official Solicitor and an intermediary instructed. Teenage child separately represented.
Re B (2014)
Court finding that M and her partner formed the entire pool of perpetrators of a serious injury to child. Achieved reunification of child to M and partner within maternal family setting.
Re W (2014)
Instructed on behalf of LA in Court of Appeal. Successfully resisted appeal by parents with learning difficulties against Placement Order.
Re J (2014)
Instructed on behalf of M in a private law matter. Conflicting history re parents’ relationship, issues of mental abuse as between parents and allegations of sexual abuse as between Father and stepdaughter.
Re H (2013)
Junior counsel (led by Paul Storey QC) representing F. Child with complex medical history. LA failed to prove that injuries were non accidental / inflicted.
Re S (2013)
Public law proceedings. Representing F. All parents profoundly deaf. Complex welfare assessment and forensic process.
Re C (2013)
Recurring private law applications. M hostile to principle of contact / seeking to prevent any direct contact between F and children. Allegations of abduction to non Hague Convention country, DV, assault of children.