Children Social Services

Hugh James’s care and adoption team provide specialist support to local authority children’s services departments.  The team acts under contract for local authorities throughout Wales and the South West of England.  Our work includes:

  • care proceedings;
  • placement applications;
  • adoption applications;
  • special guardianship order applications;
  • discharge and revocation applications (where appropriate under fixed-fee arrangments)
  • support for local authorities during the pre-proceedings PLO stage;
  • cross jurisdictional cases;
  • cases of extreme complexity or gravity;
  • cases involving honour-based violence; and
  • cases requiring forced marriage protection orders.

The team includes a member of Queen’s Counsel, an employed barrister and a number of Children Panel accredited solicitors, supported by an assistant solicitor and a para-legal.  We are able to conduct Children Act or Adoption and Children Act proceedings from pre-proceedings stage through to final hearing undertaking all advice, case preparation and advocacy throughout.  We attend Legal Planning Meetings with social workers on a weekly basis.




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Cardiff
Hodge House
114 - 116 St. Mary Street
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
Tel: 029 2022 4871
Fax: 029 2038 8222


London
Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue
London, EC4Y 0DA
Tel: 020 7936 3453
Fax: 020 3053 8562


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