Pat Wotherspoon

Pat represents local authorities, as well as parents, children and other family members. Her primary areas of practice include care proceedings, disputes relating to children, contact or residence issues and adoption. For more information on this topic email Pat.Wotherspoon@tayloremmet.co.uk or call her on 0114 218 4000.

Government’s Residence Test for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Unlawful

Government’s Residence Test for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Unlawful

As many will know, legal aid for many civil cases which include disputes about the living arrangements for children has been severely curtailed in the last 12 months. The government has recently proposed that  the availability of legal aid should be reduced further by bringing in a residency test such that legal aid will not be available at all for… Read more →

Child protection in the News

Child protection in the News

The government is giving consideration to creating a new criminal offence to prosecute those who cause deliberate emotional harm to children. It seems they have gathered evidence to show that some parents go out of their way to cause psychological suffering to their children. On the same day we hear that the NSPCC have a new report out saying that… Read more →

Help for victims of domestic violence

Help for victims of domestic violence

In today’s news we hear that the police are failing the victims of domestic violence by not taking them seriously, not investigating their circumstances or gathering proper evidence on which they can prosecute and that the Home Secretary is so concerned about it that she is going to take personal responsibility for putting this right. While it might well be… Read more →

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