Clare McCourt:

mobile: 07773 116 210

Clare McCourt has represented for over 25 years parents, children, carers and extended family members in all aspects of care proceedings and child law where social services are involved.

She has vast expertise across the whole range of public law child care matters, from the most complex to the least. This includes cases involving children’s deaths, serious injuries, serious sexual abuse and exploitation, neglect and emotional harm.

Her extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the processes and procedures, both in pre-proceedings and in court, enables her to clearly advise and guide clients through what can be an incredibly stressful, difficult and complex time.

She is able to arrange non-means tested legal aid for parents and children in care proceedings. Parents also qualify for legal aid in some pre-proceedings matters involving their children. Wider family members can be assessed for their entitlement to legal aid if they are involved in proceedings.

Clare McCourt has been since 1999 an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel.

Mark Stout:

mobile: 07932 789 2286

Mark Stout is a solicitor with over 10 years experience. Mark predominately acts for Parents in care proceedings. He is experienced in advising on applications for care orders, secure accommodation orders, discharge care order applications, adoption and placement applications and contact applications to children in care. He undertakes all his own advocacy as far as possible and is a regular visitor to Bradford and Leeds Family Proceedings Court, County Court and High Court. Mark holds Higher Rights of Audience (Civil) which means he can deal with any case in the higher courts, like a barrister, including the Court of Appeal.

Ammar Hussain:

mobile: 07552 043 354

Ammaar Hussain is a Paralegal who works with children cases.

Ammaar is an Urdu Speaker.

Julie McGovern:

mobile: 07727 295 656

Julie McGovern is a Paralegal with over 30 years experience.

She deals with children cases although she also deals with wider family law issues such as applications to courts for personal protection orders in domestic violence cases.