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Catherine Stephens

Catherine Stephens
Role:Associate Solicitor, Head of Children and Families Public LawDepartment
Speciality: Child Protection
Phone: 02477 710240
Email: catherine.stephens@alsterskelley.com

Catherine is Head of Children and Families Public Law Department. She supports clients going through legal matters with public authorities. She acts for children and parents where local authorities are intervening in family life. Catherine is able to advise on child protection and also other areas of law relating to public law, relating to Adult social care, continuing health care and including step parent, international adoption and child abduction cases. She also as an adult teaching certificate, and is able to provide and facilitate training and advice to lay organisations and charities.

 

 

Experience

Catherine has over 20 years in public, including High Court advocacy. She has been member of the Children Panel since 2002. Catherine has experience advising on Adoption applications and judicial review applications against Local Authorities. She is experienced in dealing with complaints against Local Authorities. Given this experience she has a thorough understanding and knowledge of how local authorities work and can therefore help people through the difficult times if they are involved in the Child Protection process or Adoptions. In addition, Catherine has significant experience of advising on Community Care legislation, including the protection of and provision of services to vulnerable adults, including court of protection applications.

Career

Catherine knows that dealing with Public bodies can be confusing and challenging, and her experience both within the public and private sectors means that she is a skilled communicator able to help families and professionals alike to understand the complex law around the emotive issues people face. She is proud to have been at the heart of ensuring justice for children and families involved with the care system throughout her career.

Hobbies

Catherine loves all aspects of the arts, and enjoys long walks with her two dogs. She volunteers with community groups currently providing support in the local area to isolated individuals.

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