Tanya's specialisms include:
- Care proceedings
- Care proceedings with an educational element
- Special educational needs tribunals
- Residence and contact
- Emergency procedures
- Child abduction and jurisdictional issues
- Financial provision for children
Before moving to the independent Bar, Tanya was an employed advocate at a leading County Council in Greater London and also in private practice, heading the Children Team at a legal 500 rated firm. As well as acting as a solicitor advocate for parents, local authorities and children in private and public law proceedings, she was also instructed as a legal adviser to the Adoption Panel, the Area Child Protection Committee and undertook the training of social workers and multi-disciplinary professionals in all aspects of child protection and court work.
Tanya also took part in numerous Part 8 Enquiries as the legal adviser. This background has given her practice a unique edge in Children related cases.
Tanya returned to the Bar in 2005 and now specialises in Public law children matters - representing local authorities, parents and children cases involving sexual abuse, severe neglect, factitious illness, human rights issues, non-accidental injury ("baby-shaking cases"), including child death and mental health issues.
Tanya regularly trains social workers, solicitors and other multi-disciplinary professionals in matters of Child Protection.
Tanya was involved in care proceeding where the two children concerned had a mental age of two, but were in fact turning 18, and proceedings were commenced in The Court of Protection.
Tanya acted for a seven-year-old child who had been significantly disabled during birth due to a hospital error. There were also issues of child protection which resulted in care proceedings running alongside the Court of Protection proceedings.
Notable care cases:
A & B (Children : Restrictions on Parental Responsibility : Extremism & Radicalisation in Private Law)  EWFC 40 (22 July 2016) A case about potential radicalisation and cessation of parental rights as a result.
OCC v B & T  EWFC B73 (18 June 2015) Acted for the children in care and placement applications. Mother was profoundly deaf.
HB (A Child) (care proceedings)  EWFC 74 (05 March 2015) Care proceedings. Acted for a father who was suspected by the LA to have killed his child.
Borough of Poole v W & Another  EWHC 1777 (Fam) This case involved an application for an adoption order which was opposed by the birth parents who had been given leave to do so on appeal.
Re X (A Child)  EWHC 2522 (Fam).
Representation of local authorities in the following types of cases:
- Children caught up in a paedophile ring
- Children being used in child pornography, working closely with the police
- Severe inter-generational sexual abuse of multiple children
- Severe neglect and emotional harm leading to mental and psychological impairment
- Starvation of child
- Factitious illness leading to near death of a child
- Death of a child through multiple catastrophic injuries
- Mother sexually abusing her child
- Severe systematic violence in family with use of weapons.
Represention of parents in the following types of cases:
- Representation of a father who had murdered his wife
- Representation of a mother accused of causing 2nd degree burns to a toddler’s face
- Representation of foster parents fighting the LA’s plan to adopt the child placed with them
- Representation of mother (through OS) with severe learning disabilities involving issues of NAI, incest, and neglect
- Tanya also has acted for numerous teenage mothers, and on behalf of the guardian for a number of teenagers.
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