Heather Thomas - Assistant Solicitor

         

Heather qualified as a solicitor in 2013. She works in the child care team having joined the firm in 2017.

Heather advises and represent parents and family members where Children’s Services are involved and in public law care and supervision proceedings. Heather is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and also represents children directly or through their Children’s Guardian. She strives to ensure that the more marginalised and vulnerable members of society are afforded high quality legal representation and a just outcome for their case.

With a particular interest in immigration related issues or cases that have an international element, Heather also has experience in matters concerning forced marriage and international child abduction and relocation cases. She is also experienced in representing individuals who have been subjected to domestic abuse and has a broad range of experience in private law children cases concerning child arrangement (contact and residence) disputes.

Passionate about access to justice, Heather sits on the executive committee for Young Legal Aid Lawyers, which is a national organisation that promotes the interests of junior lawyers working in legal aid and campaigns for a sustainable legal aid system. Heather was shortlisted as Family Lawyer of the year at 2017’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys travelling, running and spending time with family & friends.


Reported Cases:
A (A child: wardship: fact finding: domestic violence [2015] EWHC 1598 (Fam) (08 May 2015)
GO v EN & Ors [2014] EWHC 3622 (Fam) (17 October 2014)
A Local Authority v M and Others [2013] (11 January 2013)