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What the team is known for Robust offering in the cross-border and public children spheres, with noted strength exhibited in international issues, particularly in child abduction and leave to remove cases. Committed to representing vulnerable individuals and making its services affordable. Clients include parents, guardians and teenagers in a position to instruct legal support. Acts across an impressive range of cases, from the most serious abuse allegations to lower-scale matters.
Strengths An interviewee remarks: "They're at the absolute height of the area that they're in. They're absolutely top-tier but they retain accessibility, friendless and a real warmth despite their excellence."
"They do the balancing of public and private law work very well, and are always respectful, incredibly able and efficient," observes a source.
Alison Leivesley is held in high esteem as a "highly competent and client-focused" solicitor who has "a calm and collected manner." She has notable expertise in public law children matters such as care proceedings involving non-accidental injury and abuse allegations.
Hilka Hollmann attracts praise for her knowledge of international adoption and surrogacy issues. She is described by one source as an "incredibly rigorous and hard-working" practitioner, while another notes that "her ability to absorb information is superb."
Laura Coyle is a well-respected practitioner known for her experience in complex international children matters such as abductions. She is also noted for her strength in cases with parallel criminal proceedings. A source comments: "She is highly knowledgeable, passionate and focused. She works collaboratively with counsel to achieve the best outcome for the client."
Maud Davis joined Freemans from TV Edwards in November 2019. Renowned for her expert children practice and long-standing public law experience, she is regularly at the foreground of safeguarding matters, as well as handling complex human rights issues. "Maud is one of the best childcare lawyers of her generation," reports a source. "She is totally dedicated, achieves outstanding outcomes for families and is skilled in presenting their perspectives and experiences in policy debate and development."
Nina Hansen is a distinguished practitioner whose children law expertise encompasses matters ranging from international abduction and relocation disputes to severe abuse allegations. She has additional strength in cases involving religious sensitivities. "I find Nina to have great empathy, a sharp mind and a deep understanding of the law in this area," says a source. "She provided excellent responses and the right decisions in each circumstance."