Stuart acts on behalf of local authorities, parents, children and intervenors on the Midlands Circuit. Acting on behalf of local authorities usually involves numerous parties and complex issues arising out of serious non-accidental injury and/or death and complex medical issues. Stuart employs a proactive, careful and sensitive approach to his preparation, has good case management skills and the ability to identify key issues and communicate effectively with professional and lay clients alike.

Stuart also acts for parents and children in private law proceedings.

Stuart’s experience and current practice includes cases involving:

  • Serious non-accidental injury
  • Fabricated and/or induced illness, including hospital intervenors
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Concurrent criminal proceedings
  • Human Rights Act claims arising from public law proceedings
  • Chronic neglect
  • Drug and alcohol abuse (including FDAC proceedings)
  • Adoption
  • Special Guardianship
  • Domestic Violence
  • Alienating behaviours

Key cases

Re W-A (children) (foreign conviction) [2022] EWCA Civ 1118 – admissibility of a foreign conviction in children’s cases

Areas of expertise

Experienced in intractable contact disputes/cases involving alienating behaviours.

Experienced in acting for local authorities, parents, children and intervenors.