- Private law children
- Domestic abuse
- Forced marriage
Sophia is a solicitor specialising in cases involving disputes in respect of the living and contact arrangements for children. Over the past year, she has enjoyed a growing practice in international children law cases. These include being instructed by parents who wish to relocate abroad with their children, whether temporarily or permanently. Sophia has experience of acting in cases where there has been a history of drug and alcohol misuse, and domestic abuse as well as allegations of parental alienation. Sophia has also advised and represented parents on applications about specific issues in a child’s upbringing where there is a disagreement between the parents.
Sophia represents clients who are survivors of domestic abuse. Sophia is able to obtain non-molestation and occupation orders including making urgent applications to the Court. She has a particular expertise in obtaining Forced Marriage Protection Orders for clients. Sophia has interest in FGM cases.
Sophia qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour based violence.
Sophia understands that family law disputes are often extremely stressful for clients. She takes a pragmatic yet sensitive approach to each case. She carries out her own advocacy where possible.
Recent cases/case highlights
Children matters and International relocation
Sophia has dealt with a vulnerable client who fled from down South with four very young children under the age of 5. Represented her at court in relation to the domestic abuse, children matters and relocation abroad. The client was living at a local refuge and Sophia had to deal with issues in a very sensitive manner given the nature of the allegations. At the final contested hearing we were successful in obtaining an order which allowed the client to relocate abroad.
Forced Marriage Protection Order
Sophia applied for an Order to protect a 14 year old girl from being forced into a marriage by her parents. She managed to secure an order until she turns 25. She is now in foster care and the matter concluded with the parents agreeing to the order being made. It was a very complex case due to the age of the client and the serious allegations she made against her parents.
Sophia is listed in independent legal directory the Legal 500. The 2019 editions says Sophia is a “very strong member of the team”
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25 – 29 Victoria Street
Blackburn Lancashire BB1 6DN
Telephone: 01254 29 86 85