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Practice Overview

Alev is a Child Law specialist whose busy practice encompasses the spectrum of private and public law proceedings in which she acts for all parties and appears at all levels of court. She has particular expertise in cases involving the international movement of children and the separate representation of children and has appeared in landmark Court of Appeal decisions in both these areas. Alev also specialises in Court of Protection and High Court proceedings concerning the mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, personal welfare and property of vulnerable and incapacitated adults.

  • Children (private law)

    Alev is regularly instructed on behalf of parents and children (whether separately or through their Rule 16.4 Guardian) in cases where there are significant and often entrenched disputes about where children should live and how much time they should spend with a non-resident parent. She has particular experience and expertise in cases where serious allegations of abuse (physical, sexual or emotional) and parental alienation/hostility are made. Alev also acts in cases with an international dimension.

    Notable Private Law Children cases in which Alev has acted include:

    N v J (Power to Set Aside Return Order) [2017] EWHC 2752 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/2752.html

    Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) [2015 EWCA Civ 882 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2015/882.html

    H v S (Surrogacy Agreement) [2015] EWFC 36 http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed144664

    Re A and D (Children) (Removal Outside Jurisdiction: Habitual Residence) [2011] EWCA Civ 265; [2011] 1 FLR 2025 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2011/265.html

    ES v AJ [2010] EWHC 1113 (Fam); [2010] 2 FLR 1257 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2010/1113.html

  • Children (public law)

    In the Public Law field, Alev regularly acts for parties in care proceedings, adoption and Wardship. She has particular expertise in cases involving catastrophic non-accidental injury where there is complex and conflicting medical opinion, factitious illness and sexual abuse. Alev brings skills from her Court of protection practice to her Public Law work enabling her to sensitively represent parents who have mental health issues. Alev regularly advises on the placement of children abroad and local authority obligations, particularly to care leavers.

    Alev is particularly successful in the sensitive representation of children, either separately or through their court appointed Guardian and appeared on behalf of the child in the landmark Court of Appeal case of W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1051, which provided much needed guidance on the circumstances in which the separate representation of a child is appropriate and the statutory provisions which enable separate representation to be put in place.

    Alev is also instructed in cases in the High Court concerning serious medical treatment or withdrawal of life sustaining treatment.

    Notable Public Law Children cases in which Alev has acted include:

    Re M-Y (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1306 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2018/1306.html

     

    HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.3) [2017] EWHC 2991 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/2991.html

    HK (Serious Medical Treatment) (No.2) [2017] EWHC 2581 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/2581.html

    An NHS Hospital Trust v GM and Others [2017] EWHC 1710 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/1710.html

    W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1051 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2016/1051.html

    Re J (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 875 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2014/875.html

    Re B (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Habitual Residence) [2013] EWCA Civ 1434; [2013] WLR(D) 461 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2013/1434.html

    Re E-F (A Minor) [1998] EWCA Civ 97

    Re M: Section 94 Appeals) [1995] 1 FLR 546

  • International family law

    Alev is frequently instructed in High Court cases relating to the international relocation of children (she appeared in the landmark Court of Appeal decision of Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) [2015] EWCA Civ 882) in child abduction matters , both within and outside the provisions of the Hague Convention and other cases with cross-border jurisdictional issues.

    N v J (Power to Set Aside Return Order) [2017] EWHC 2752 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/2752.html

    Re F (A Child) (International Relocation Cases) [2015] EWCA Civ 882 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2015/882.html

    Re B (A Child) (Care Proceedings: Habitual Residence) [2013] EWCA Civ 1434; [2013] WLR(D) 461 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2013/1434.html

    Re A and D (Children) (Removal Outside Jurisdiction: Habitual Residence) [2011] EWCA Civ 265; [2011] 1 FLR 2025 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2011/265.html

    ES v AJ [2010] EWHC 1113 (Fam); [2010] 2 FLR 1257 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2010/1113.html

  • Court of Protection

    Alev is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent vulnerable adults who lack capacity in proceedings concerning their health, welfare, property and deprivation of liberty. She also regularly represents local authorities and family members in cases where best interests, property or deprivation of liberty issues are before the court.

    Notable Court of Protection cases in which Alev has acted include:

    Essex County Council v RF and Others (Deprivation of Liberty and Damage) [2015] EWCOP 1 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2015/1.html

    YLA v PM & MZ [2013] EWHC 3622 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2013/4020.html

    Re MIG and MEG [2010] EWHC 785 http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2010/785.html

  • What the directories say

    Ranked as a Leading Junior in Chambers and Partners Guide to the UK Bar 2018:

    “Very bright, she always takes a good position in a case, and is an experienced and wise counsel."
    "She deals with very sensitive cases very skillfully and sensitively.”
    “She's a firm presence in court and very good with child clients.”
    “An experienced barrister who maintains a broad children practice covering both public and private issues. She is instructed to act for guardians, local authorities, children and parents. Giz has particular expertise in matters concerning the relocation of children internationally and domestically.”

    Ranked as a Leading Individual in Public and Private Children Law in Legal 500 2017:

    Her calm, gentle manner belies her thoroughness and rigour.”

    Ranked as a Leading Individual in Court of Protection and Community Care in Legal 500 2017:

    Recommended for deprivation of liberty cases.”

    Ranked as a Leading Individual in Public and Private Children Law in Legal 500 2016:

    Her advocacy is calm and measured but behind it sits an authority and determination.”

Chambers UK Bar

Leading Individual

2018

LAPG

Legal Aid Barrister of the Year - Finalist

2018