Sally practises exclusively in family law as it relates to children. Whilst she has an emphasis on public law work - primarily care proceedings and adoption, she also accepts instructions in private law proceedings.
Sally does not accept public access instructions.
Sally represents children and parents but about half of her work is advising and representing local authorities.
She is known for her meticulous and thorough preparation and grasp of detail and is often instructed by local authorities at a very early stage so as to shape the case and advise on strategy. She has a recognised ability to forge a strong working relationship with solicitors and social work professionals
Children (public law)
Children (private law)
What the directories say
2019: Mainly acts on public adoption and care proceedings, representing local authorities, children and parents. She is noted for her specialism in cases concerning injured children and those surrounding issues of mental health and technical medical evidence. "A very persuasive advocate who is thorough and well prepared in her cross-examination." "She deals with the most complex cases with skill – steady and firm, she is a pleasure to work with." Chambers UK
2017: Mainly acts in public adoption and care proceedings representing local authorities, children and parents. She is noted for her specialism in cases concerning injured children and surrounding issues of mental health and technical medical evidence.
"She's an excellent lawyer who shows brilliant attention to detail, doesn't miss anything and is very reliable." Chambers UK
Sally conducts cases at all levels from the county court upwards and regularly appears against Leading Counsel.
Sally is often instructed as junior at the request of leading counsel, including in the Supreme Court appeal against the decision in Re T (Costs: Care Proceedings: Serious Allegations Not Proved)  EWCA Civ 1585
She has particular expertise in cases of conflicting or complex medical evidence where the case centres on serious injury to or death of a child but is equally familiar with cases arising out of mental health issues or allegations of sexual harm
In private law cases Sally is often instructed to act where there is a disputed issue which is the subject of a fact finding hearing such as allegations of abuse of the subject child
Re U (Serious Injury:Standard of Proof); Re B  EWCA Civ 567  2 FLR 263
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