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Alicia is a specialist in public family law. She also has a huge depth of experience drawn from her long career at the Bar, including private family law, ancillary relief, inheritance, personal injury, and professional negligence.
She goes the extra mile to get results for her clients, whether acting for local authorities, parents, children or extended family members. Her style is to mediate, conciliate and negotiate, but she is equally adept at challenging and pressing the case vigorously in court.
Alicia frequently appears against silks on an equal footing. She is empathetic and sensitive with fragile clients. Her advice is sound and to the point. Her cross-examination is penetrating and often turns the course of a case. She is commended by judges for her crisp drafting. Above all, she is very well respected across the legal professions.
Away from court, she has been a member of Bar Council, serving on the Professional Conduct Committee; as well as covering many committee roles as a Common Councilman in the City of London. She has supervised the pupillages of fifteen current members of Chambers, and has been Chambers’ Treasurer. She delivers lectures regularly. She has served seven years as Deputy Chancellor of the Gloucester Diocese. Her academic background is in geography and archaeology, giving her additional skills to evaluate evidence.
Alicia is instructed in Care proceedings of all types and at all levels, from written or conference advice in pre-proceeding and interim stages, to establishing findings of fact and getting the best outcome at welfare stage. She aims for the right conclusions at the initial hearings, so few of her cases are reported on appeal, but she is confident in the higher courts, if needed.
Her work deals with every level of emotional, physical and sexual harm facing children and their relatives, including expert evidence about neglect, causation of harm, adequacy of parenting and the prospects for change. She is very experienced in working with intermediaries, lay advocates and family members, to support vulnerable clients, where there are mental health issues, substance abuse, domestic abuse and parental alienation. She has recently dealt with sexual infection of children, infant head injury, factitious/ induced illness, exploitation of children or adults, county lines drug problems, secure accommodation and deprivation of liberty. She frequently works with interpreters where English is not a first language. Her cases often have extra ramifications, which she enjoys exploring: such as the law relating to local government, education, housing, media and immigration. She delves into regulatory issues such as Special Guardianship support packages, child in care regulations, leaving care regulations, associated judicial review and the regulation of decision making by public bodies. She is especially familiar with adoption, both international and domestic, and covers wardship and inherent jurisdiction cases. She is sensitive towards non-traditional family structures and gender issues.