Gillian’s practice encompasses all aspects of child and family law with particular emphasis on complex private and public law cases, child abduction, Hague Convention and BIIR, in all of which she has considerable expertise. Gillian is often instructed in Children Act matters involving difficulties with contact, domestic abuse, safeguarding issues, children exhibiting with unexplained injuries, parental alienation, and/or where there are immigration/overseas elements.
Gillian contributes regular articles to legal publications including Family Law Journal, Westlaw, Counsel, and Family Law Week. This includes a series of Family Law Journal articles entitled “Foreign Lands” focussing particularly on issues arising for family lawyers with clients subject to immigration control. She has also spoken frequently at public conferences. Gillian was co-author with Elizabeth Walsh of “Working in the Family Justice System, the Official Handbook of the Family Justice System” (3rd Edn. pub. Family Law, 2010), and more recently has co-authored with Richard Budworth “The Single Family Court: A Practitioner’s Handbook” (pub. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2016 and 2017).
- Private Children Work
- Public Law Children work
- Child Abduction work
Appointments & Memberships
- Bencher of Gray's Inn
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Co-author with Elizabeth Walsh of “Working in the Family Justice System, the Official Handbook of the Family Justice System” (3rd Edn. pub. Family Law, 2010), co-author with Richard Budworth “The Single Family Court: A Practitioner’s Handbook” (pub. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2016 and 2017). Regular articles to legal publications including Family Law Journal (a series of articles entitled “Foreign Lands”, “Adoption: A step forward?” (Dec 2012), “Safeguarding measures, Intermediaries and Vulnerable Witnesses “(June 2015) and many others), Family Law Week (“Public Law Clients with Learning Disabilities – Bridging the Gap” and “When care and Hague proceedings clash – what should local authorities do?” and Westlaw and Counsel magazine.
Seminars and Webinars
Having specialised in the international protection of human rights at the LSE during her LLB, when the Human Rights Act 1998 came into force, Gillian was contracted by the Immigration and Casework department, and the Immigration Service, in 2000 – 2002 to design and deliver applied human rights law training seminars throughout their departments at all levels. She was the sole contractor for this training work. Since then she has designed and delivered a vast number of training courses – too many to detail - for social work professionals and Children Act lawyers. She also speaks at Family Justice Council conferences.