Family disputes?

Willsons Solicitors has a large team of Family Law experts specialising in issues of Divorce, Separation, High Value Financial Settlements, Co-habitation Disputes, Child Arrangements Orders, Care Proceedings and Adoption.

Child Care and Social Services

Our Child Care Law Department is well known in the local area. The department has dealt with many complex cases. We advise children in all public law proceedings. These include proceedings where the Local Authority have applied for emergency protection orders, care orders or where parents apply for contact with children who are in the care of the Local Authority.It is important to get advice from an expert in this area of law. Willsons Solicitors have expert knowledge in acting for parents who have been accused of abusing their children. Willsons Solicitors have two solicitors on the Law Society Children Panel where this expertise is recognised. We have represented clients in extremely difficult situations in local Courts, the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Legal aid is granted to parents and children in care proceedings. Relatives may be able to apply for legal aid dependent upon their circumstances.

As solicitors, we are able to provide advocacy at all levels of Court to ensure a consistent and professional level of advice and service is given to clients who are understandably distressed by this Court process.

Please call Heather, Simon or Ashlee for an appointment.

Our team can also advise on:-

  • Care Proceedings
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Adoption
  • Discharge of Care Orders
  • Contact to children in care
  • What to do if you have been accused by Social Services of abusing or injuring a child
  • What to do if you have been accused of neglecting a child
  • What to do if you have received a letter from Social Services headed “Letter before Proceedings”

We also act for parents who have learning difficulties.

Additional Information

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Children Disputes upon Separation or Divorce

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Meet The Family Team

Heather Wolfe

Heather Wolfe

Partner

Email: Heather
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Heather

Heather graduated from Coventry University before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1989. She joined Willsons Solicitors in 1991 initially working in the Family Law Department and establishing a Care Department for the firm and acted for children, parents, foster carers and relatives and has had cases heard in the Court of Appeal.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Heather moved to the private client department for a period of time and is now working in Residential Conveyancing.

The fact that Heather has worked in other areas of law gives her a good insight into the Conveyancing Department, people are often selling because of family issues or Probate issues and Heather can offer her expertise in both areas when speaking to residential conveyancing clients. Heather is keen to attract work both locally and nationwide and anyone wishing to sell their home, be it an individual or company that deals with house buying or selling should contact Heather as she is determined never to be beaten on the level of service that Willsons strive to offer.

Outside of work, Heather is a Chairperson of DACS (a Domestic Abuse Counselling Service), a charitable organisation offering Counselling to the victims of domestic violence in Nuneaton and Warwickshire and also recently became a Trustee of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton.

Heather loves to bake and eat – and because of this is constantly battling to keep fit and keeps attending the gym!

Heather loves her job, she loves the client contact and strives to provide the best service she possibly can for her clients.

Lorraine Phimister

Lorraine Phimister

Partner

Email: Lorraine
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Lorraine

Lorraine joined Willsons in 2003 having changed her career path and now heads the private Family Law department, and specialises in high networth divorces and financial matters relating to the divorce. Lorraine has represented many business men and women who have extensive assets within the divorce process and strives hard to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

Lorraine recently represented a client in her divorce who retained 75% of the assets of the marriage. She has dealt with ownership of business assets and complicated pension arrangements in the past. Lorraine also deals with some private law children cases and has been involved in cases in the High Court representing parents when children have been abducted out of the country and has successfully secured the return of those children.

Lorraine’s approach to her work is one of accuracy and professionalism; she will leave no stone unturned to help her clients. Her direct, no nonsense approach ensures that client’s know where they stand right from the start of their case. Lorraine guides them through their matter every step of the way.

Lorraine dabbles in attending the gym, but prefers to walk her two miniature Schnauzers, riding her bike (when the weather allows) and generally relaxing (when time allows).

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Head of Care Department

Email: Simon
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Simon
Simon is an extremely experienced Solicitor and Head of the firm’s Care Department, who acts mainly for children in Care Proceedings.

After obtaining his Law Degree, Simon completed his Articles with a Coventry firm and qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. Throughout his career Simon has worked in Coventry and Warwickshire, undertaking a range of family work including divorce, injunctions and children work.

In 2011, Simon became a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, since which time he has specialised exclusively in representing children, parents and grandparents in Care Proceedings brought by a number of Local Authorities, including Coventry City Council, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire County Councils.

Simon has been involved in extremely complex cases and always seeks to ensure that the welfare of the child is paramount throughout the Court process.

Simon has also been successful in representing many parents and grandparents during the stressful process of Care Proceedings, including where parents have been accused of harming their children.

In his spare time Simon enjoys walking his dog, going to the cinema, running and cycling (both slowly!)

Ashlee Grayson-Smith

Ashlee Grayson-Smith

Family Law

Email: Ashlee
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Ashlee

Ashlee undertook her undergraduate Law Degree (LLB) at The University of Warwick between 2004 and 2007 where she achieved a 2:1. Shortly after completing her Final exams she started working at Willsons Solicitors as a Court clerk. "This meant that I would go to Court to assist Counsel and watch some of the country’s leading barristers at work and I absolutely loved it. I even assisted on a leading Child care case L-A (Children) [2009] EWCA Civ 822. This is when I realised I was passionate about Family Law, particularly proceedings relating to children."

Ashlee undertook a Legal Practice Course in 2007-2009 on a part-time basis while continuing to gain valuable experience as a Court Clerk, and from 2009 -2011 she undertook a Training Contract at Willsons Solicitors. Ashlee qualified as a solicitor in May 2011 and has been acting for Parents and Grandparents in Child Care cases ever since.

She gained accreditation to the Law Society Children’s Panel to enable her to undertake work for children that are involved in Care Proceedings, in early 2017

"I really enjoy taking my dog Luna out for long walks with my children and I also enjoy going to the cinema and reading.

I am obsessed with TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher from Murder she wrote and even have her autograph!"

Jessica Fletcher-Hall

Jessica Fletcher-Hall

Solicitor

Email: Jessica
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Jessica