Nottingham solicitor can now act on behalf of children after gruelling training
A Nottingham solicitor can now act on behalf of children in court after enduring a gruelling six-month training process.
Emily Thurlby has been appointed to the Children Panel by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a body that monitors more than 120,000 solicitors in England and Wales to ensure high standards.
Emily, of Rothera Dowson solicitors, will help children in relation to care and family matters.
To qualify she attended a three-day course. She had to submit a written portfolio, showing her experience in this field of work, and complete a series of essay-style questions. She also had to undergo an interview process with a fellow solicitor and a Children’s Guardian.
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Emily becomes the third member of Rothera Dowson’s family department to be appointed to the panel.
Ann-Marie Bowman, partner at Rothera Dowson and family and matrimonial law specialist, is also on the Children Panel. She believes Emily’s success boosts the offering from the firm:
“It’s rare for a firm of our size to have three solicitors qualified to represent children. This increases the team’s capacity to accept instruction from Children’s Guardians and to cover caseloads. Family law has always been a specialism for Rothera Dowson and this helps to strengthen our reputation even further.
“Having been through the process myself, I know that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it on to the Children Panel, so Emily should be applauded for her efforts.
“Sadly, there are still a large number of cases involving young people in the East Midlands that make it to court, so having more people equipped to efficiently look after their needs is a real bonus.”
Established almost 200 years ago, Rothera Dowson has an office in the heart of the city centre in the historic Lace Market, as well as staff based in West Bridgford, Mapperley, Wollaton and Beeston.
For more information, visit www.rotheradowson.co.uk.