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  • Overview

    We always have the best interests of the children in mind and will provide you with sensible and practical advice about what can be the most emotive of issues.

    We will encourage you and assist you in trying to resolve any issues regarding children with your partner or spouse by agreement, either through lawyers or by attending mediation.

    If you are not able to resolve matters by agreement, we can assist you in making an application to the Court under the Children Act 1989 for various orders. We can advise you about such applications and discuss whether this is the most appropriate step to take in your case.

    If an application to the Court is necessary we can prepare the necessary paperwork to make the application and act for you throughout the Court process.

    If you receive paperwork from your partner or spouse, or from his or her lawyers, indicating that an application to the Court has been made, we can advise you about how to respond to this paperwork and act for you in the proceedings if necessary.

    For further information please contact one of the team.

  • Related Client Stories

    Failure to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation

    Our client, Mr Y, was awarded £1.6 million (plus annual payments of over £100k for life) after he suffered chronic partial hypoxic ischaemia when doctors failed to diagnose severe intrauterine growth retardation, most likely caused by an insufficient placenta, during the last weeks of his mother’s pregnancy.   

    GP failed to attend home of mother who died from pneumonia

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured a six figure sum the husband and children of a mother who died from necrotising streptococcal pneumonia and multi-organ failure, after GP failed to attend her at home.

    Undiagnosed testicular torsion leads to testicle removal

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £13,750 for a school boy who underwent an urgent orchiectomy (removal of testicle) and subsequent prosthesis insertion due to undiagnosed testicular torsion following his attendance at A&E, Eastbourne District General Hospital 3 weeks previously.

    Unnecessary amputation of toe causing on-going pain

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £34,000 for a young man who had his 2nd toe amputated unnecessarily causing on-going pain.

    GP failure to diagnose slipped upper femoral epiphysis

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £145,000 compensation for a young man whose GP failed to properly examine him when he presented with the classic symptoms of a slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE) leading to a more significant slip of the fracture and the necessity of having hip replacement surgery at age 22 and every 12 -15 years thereafter.

    5 month old baby suffers extravasation injury to hand

    James Cahan, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £20,000 for a child who suffered necrosis of the tissue on the back his hand, requiring plastic surgery, after an extravasation injury.

    Lack of respiratory support causes cerebral palsy

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured £5.4 million for a child who suffered brain damage and cerebral palsy after a considerable delay in being provided with respiratory support when he suffered breathing difficulties.

    Hypoxic brain damage after delayed caesarean section

    Patricia Fearnley, specialist clinical negligence lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured over £4 million for a child who suffered a hypoxic brain injury after being starved of oxygen during a delay in performing a caesarean section.

    Failure to plan and deliver baby properly leads to Erbs’ Palsy

    The clinical negligence team recently obtained a settlement in a compensation claim for a child diagnosed with Erbs’ Palsy soon after his birth. After failure to plan his delivery, to discuss the options available fully with his parents and a an allegedly mismanaged birth, the claimant suffered shoulder nerve damage during his birth. The case settled for a six figure award of damages plus legal costs.

    Patient dies after absconding from psychiatric ward

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who negotiated a settlement of £85,000 for the wife and daughter of a man who died after being allowed to wander out of a psychiatric ward.

    Inquest: coroner gives verdict of misadventure after baby dies one day after birth

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who represented the family at the inquest into the death of their baby son, who died at one day old, having been born in an extremely poor condition.

    Damages recovered following a delayed diagnosis of a knee injury

    This case study of C v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust [2011] demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered an undisclosed sum for a young patient who suffered extended pain and suffering as a result of a failure to diagnose a displaced sleeve avulsion fracture of his inferior patella pole.

    Patient awarded £2.3 million for birth injuries including learning difficulties, hearing loss and mild motor disability

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £2.3 million for a patient who suffered asphyxia during birth, leading to damage including learning difficulties and hearing loss.

    Negligent birth management results in Erb's Palsy award

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who settled a case involving a baby who, through medical malpractice and the poor management of his birth, suffered shoulder dystocia resulting in right Erb’s Palsy.

    Compensation for facial injuries caused by instrumental delivery

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £11,150 for a young boy who suffered facial injuries during instrumental delivery at his birth despite the hospital not admitting negligence.

    Damages recovered following a failure to diagnose and treat infection

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £26,000 for a young man who suffered injury to his knee after a failure to manage an infection.

    Damages recorded for brain damaged child

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered over £5 million for a child who was severely brain damaged as a result of the mismanagement of her birth. This case illustrates that experience, thoroughness and perseverance are often the key to success.

    Record damages awarded for blindness

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Clinical Negligence team who recently recovered £2.25 million for a client blinded as a result of retinopathy of prematurity, a disease of the retina which can affect premature babies.

  • Latest Updates

    FAQ: Family

    Q: I have recently separated from my long term partner, we were not married.  Am I able to make a financial claim against them?

    National Siblings Day

    10 April is known largely across America as National Siblings Day. We meet plenty of families who are going through separation, and we too recognise the importance of having a day for children to recognise and lean on each other when, at times, feelings may be a little unsettled.

    Holmes v Cruise: the bigger picture

    By Kirstie Law, Partner in Family. Article first published in The Times on 5 July 2012.

    'Shared parenting' - Court needs to catch up

    By Kirstie Law, Partner in Family. Article first published in The Lawyer on 14 June 2012.

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Sarah is professional, well-organised, and thorough in her work. I was impressed by the way in which she kept matters cool and polite when dealing with my ex-husband's solicitor, always focused on the task at hand and never engaging in power games.  The outcome of the divorce was very satisfying for me, I felt well-advised and supported by Sarah Keily and Emma Sumner, and it is most gratifying to be able to have such high quality legal service locally.

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I found everyone helpful, considerate and professional. At times I believe Joanna Pratt and Amy England went above and beyond the 'normal' course of duty. The advice and support given to me was excellent.

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