Outside of Chambers Vanessa enjoys reading, the theatre and music. Vanessa spends the majority of her time with her friends and family and researching her next travel adventure.
Admitted as Solicitor 2010
Vanessa joined Chambers in June 2017, after a successful career as a Solicitor at a large local firm.
Vanessa has over 10 years experience in family law. She qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and has practiced at two local firms in East Kent until completing her transfer to the Bar. Vanessa’s experience in children law was recognised by the Law Society in accrediting her as a Child panel member in June 2013. Vanessa was shortlisted by the Kent Law Society in the Junior lawyer of the year category in 2014.
During her time as a solicitor, Vanessa focused her practice almost exclusively on children law including care, adoption and child arrangement orders. She has represented parents, family members and children on a wide range of issues varying from neglect, emotional abuse and parental alienation to non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and substance misusing parents. Vanessa has experience as a solicitor in protracted children cases concerning where a child should live and who they should spend time with.
Vanessa has a particular interest in assisting vulnerable clients, either as a result of domestic violence, their own childhood abuse or learning difficulties/disabilities.
- Public Law Children – Care and adoption
- Private law children
- LLB (Hons) University of Kent 2007
- Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice College of Law 2009
This set comes recommended for its members' expertise in children and matrimonial finance matters. The children cases range across both public and private law work, and include those concerning non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and fabricated illness. On the financial side, the set's barristers demonstrate the ability to act in substantial financial remedies cases as well as Schedule 1 and TOLATA matters.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020
Specialising in matrimonial finance and children matters. Members appear in the regional courts as well as the High Court and the Court of Appeal. They often act in financial remedy proceedings relating to farms, companies, properties and other assets. In addition they are adept at dealing with serious child care allegations including physical abuse and death.~ Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019
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