1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Jessica practices in family law and in applications to the Court of Protection. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of family law: private law cases, matrimonial finance, public law and adoption.

  • Private law disputes involving arrangements for children: Representing parents, grandparents and the children. Particularly experienced with cases of implacable hostility between parents
  • Pre-nuptial agreements. Drafting and advisory work
  • All areas of matrimonial finance cases; ancillary relief, matrimonial injunctions and cohabitation disputes
  • Care and adoption cases. Experienced in representing local authorities, parents, Guardians and taking instructions via the Official Solicitor
  • Public law cases have included non-accidental injuries, fictitious illness, sexual abuse, and other complex cases
  • Applications under the inherent jurisdiction in respect of children and persons under disability
  • Child abduction applications to remove from the jurisdiction (convention and non-convention countries)
  • Advising same sex couples regarding surrogacy, adoption and residence/contact disputes
  • Experience of representing clients with learning difficulties and special needs at all court levels; including up to the Court of Appeal
  • Experienced in leave to remove from the jurisdiction applications
  • Experienced in all aspects of applications to the Court of Protection.
  • Children (private law)
  • Children (public law)
  • Court of Protection
  • Court of Protection
  • Family finance & property
  • Other Information
    • Jessica was the Member of Parliament for Erewash 2010 – 2015, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve QC MP.
    • Whilst in Parliament Jessica was able to raise awareness on important issues of family law, holding debates on issues such as updating the law on surrogacy and adoption reforms.
    • Jessica was Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for pro bono and opened the family law pro bono law clinic at BPP Law School in 2013.
    • Jessica is a Trustee of The Children’s Society.
    • Jessica was made a Fellow of the Westminster Abbey Institute in 2015, following completion of the Fellows’ Programme. Her course mentor was The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE PC.
    • Jessica is an approved advocacy trainer through Middle Temple. She teaches advocacy to pupils and students of the Inn.
    • Jessica is an elected member of the Middle Temple Hall Committee.
  • Selected Cases

    H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 115
    E, A and L (Children) [2014] EWHC B22 (Fam)
    G (A Child), Re Court of Appeal (Civil Division) 31 October 2012 [2012] EWCA Civ 1377
    A Council v B (Children) (Fact-finding: Adoptive Child: Artificial Insemination) Family Division, 08 March 2012 [2012] EWHC 4241 (Fam); [2013] 2 F.L.R. 1229
    S v. S [2009] All ER (D) 182