Children

  • Contact us to discuss any relationship and children matters affecting your family.

  • Children’s Care Post Separation

    Arrangements for children’s home life and concerns for their wellbeing are always at the top of our client’s list of priorities, whether they are the parents or other relevant adults or family members. We can hope you negotiate and explore whether matters concerning your children’s care can be dealt with by way of agreement. If that is unfortunately not possible, we can assist you in seeking the Court’s assistance in obtaining an Order confirming with whom the children live, how much time they spend in the care of the other parent and that arrangements are in place that are in the children’s best interests.

    Issues can arise in relation to other important matters, such as the children’s education. Again, we can assist you in the event that an agreement cannot be reached and Court proceedings are required.

    Obtaining Parental Responsibility

    Parental responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which, by law, a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property”.

    A mother automatically has parental responsibility. A father married to that child’s mother will also automatically acquire parental responsibility. From 1 December 2003, unmarried fathers of children whose birth is registered on or after that date will also automatically acquire parental responsibility, so long as they are named as the children’s father on the birth certificate.

    A parent who has parental responsibility has a say in the important decisions relating to the children’s upbringing, such as giving consent to medical treatment, the children being taken out of the country, or determining which school they should attend.

    Other adults with care, or step care parents can also acquire parental responsibility.

    We can advise and assist you in obtaining parental responsibility, either by way of agreement or, if necessary, through Court proceedings.

  • Our Specialists

    Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    Yashin has been a member of the firm’s Family team for over 20 years. He is highly experienced and has an excellent reputation for dealing with all aspects of family law, with a particular expertise in resolving complex financial issues following relationship breakdown. Yashin is committed to finding resolutions through negotiations wherever possible.

    Yashin qualified as a solicitor in 1995, having trained at Berry & Berry.  Yashin is a member of Resolution and a Mediator.

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried couples
    • Pre-Nuptial  and cohabitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “Thank you for your help, diligence, professionalism and your management of my distress and emotions. You were kind enough to work with me and gain my trust. This was an extremely difficult thing to do after all i had been through. I thank you for that and I thank you for restoring my balance when I wobbled, which I did more than once.” “You have been such a support to me during this time.” “I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs a sympathetic but thorough solicitor.” “I would at this stage like express my enormous thank you for all your help, advice, patience, good humour and excellent service that you have given me.” “I very much appreciate all your assistance in advising me along the long and difficult road which we have travelled together. It was a pleasure to have worked with you.” "Fantastic service, sound advice. First class service at all times. Thank you" "Professional, calm and clear advice given."  

    Other

    Yashin lives locally and enjoys cycling, playing football and watching Tonbridge Angels Football Club.

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    Sharon is a Family Solicitor with over 29 years’ experience, being admitted in 1988. She is a trained mediator, and a member of Resolution. She has extensive experience in dealing with the financial aspects of separation and divorce, dealing with disputes between parents in private law children cases (for residence and contact) and dealing with financial issues upon the separation of cohabiting couples.

    Sharon is an elected member of the Committee for Kent Resolution First for Family law and was the Secretary for Maidstone Domestic Violence Forum for a number of years. She is well known for the depth of knowledge and skill she brings to dealing with domestic abuse cases.

    She is the Vice Chair and the Trustee of Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureau.

     

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried and married couples and co-habitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown.
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “I would like to thank you very much for the very professional and efficient way you have dealt with my case and would not hesitate to recommend you and Berry & Lamberts to friends and family.”

    Other

    Sharon is a keen runner in her spare time, having run numerous marathons with a personal best of 2 hours 58 minutes. In 2010 Sharon represented Great Britain on the track at 10,000 metres in the European Masters Track Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also represented the England Masters Cross Country Team in 2010.

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    Charlotte specialises in child care and domestic abuse cases. She is a member of The Law Society Children Panel and of Resolution. With over ten years experience, having qualified in 2002,  of care proceedings and private law children cases Charlotte has an in depth knowledge of her field of work. She also has a particular interest in assisting and representing individuals in cases involving domestic abuse. She has acted for clients in all levels of Court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

     

  • Expertise

    • Acting for parents, other family members and foster carers within care proceedings and adoption cases
    • Applications for wardship and Special Guardianship Orders
    • Acting for parents and other family members in private law children cases – residence, contact, enforcement of contact Orders, change of surname, abduction and removing children from England and Wales

    What clients say

    “Your patience, kindness and professionalism at all times sustained me.” “Charlotte was very professional, supportive and helpful throughout the proceedings. She responded to all my calls, texts or emails timely; providing advice and support. Charlotte managed highly conflicted parents with professionalism at all times.”

    Notable cases

    Reported Cases:

    Re A (care proceedings: non-disclosure) [2009] EWCA Civ 1057

    Re L-W (Children) (Enforcement and Committal: Contact) [2010] EWCA Civ 1253 [2011] 1 FCR 78

    Other

    In her leisure time Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and playing competitive netball for a local team.

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    Colin Dearmer specialises in all areas of child care, including care proceedings, private law children proceedings and wardship.  He has a formidable record in acting for parents, children and children’s guardians.

    A qualified Social Worker from 1991, Colin worked as a senior Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care for a London Local Authority before qualifying as a solicitor in 1991.  He practised in Brixton and Southend, prior to joining our firm in 2007. Colin qualified as a solicitor in 1991.

    He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and previously was an Assessor for the Law Society’s Children Panel since 1992. Colin is a member of the legal group of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and has twice been Chair of the legal group. He is a member of the Adoption Panels for the London Borough of Bexley and the London Borough of Croydon.

    Colin has practised as a solicitor for 27 years and has been a member of the firm’s family dept since 2007

  • Expertise

    • All aspects of care proceedings
    • Wardship
    • Adoption
    • Any other disputes involving children

    Other

    Colin is a lifelong supporter of Portsmouth Football Club.

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    Liz is a solicitor in the Family team. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2009 and joined the team 2017.  Liz is a member of Resolution and specialises in all aspects of family law. She approaches complex and challenging matters discreetly and sensitively.

  • Expertise

    • Separation and divorce
    • The financial aspects of divorce (including pre/post-nuptial agreements and cases involving competing jurisdictions),
    • Private law cases concerning children
    • Cases involving domestic violence
    • Disputes between cohabitees

    What clients say

    Clients praise Liz for her down-to-earth approach and ability to put them at their ease. She is highly regarded for her first-rate legal knowledge and judgement and takes particular care to give every client her undivided attention. "Thanks for all your hard work and support this year. I hope you know it has meant a lot to me and I am most grateful for it."

    Other

    When Liz is not at work she enjoys skiing, reading a good thriller and socialising – but not all at once. She takes a keen interest in antiques, including rare and first edition books.

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    Prior to qualifying as a Solicitor in 2008 Jane was a qualified Social Worker specialising in child protection and child care in an outer London borough. She was an experienced Social Worker practitioner, Senior Manager and Independent Reviewing Officer and has an extensive working knowledge of Children’s Services procedures.

    Jane is a member of The Law Society Children Panel.

  • Expertise

    Jane was admitted in 2008. Jane specialises in child care law, particularly:

    • Representing parents, children and other family members in Care Proceedings
    • Representing parents and children via their Guardian in private law children cases

    What clients say

    “Because of you today I have my children with me. I will never forget in my life those days when I had hard times and you helped me.” "I do not feel that I could have had better help or support anywhere else. I was involved in a complex case and Jane Quantrill supported me 100% throughout. I could not have got through it without her."

    Other

    In her spare time Jane enjoys cycling, walking and generally keeping fit.

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    A Family Law Solicitor with many years’ experience Simon has particular expertise in dealing with financial disputes arising out of divorce/separation, including cases involving international elements with assets abroad. Simon has extensive knowledge of matters concerning property disputes between co-habitees and is very skilled in acting for parents in cases involving the appropriate arrangement for their children’s care.

    Simon was admitted in 1982. Simon has been a Family Law solicitor exclusively for ten years. Before that, as well as Family Law, he also handled Conveyancing work both domestic and commercial , Landlord and Tenant Work and Civil Litigation.

  • Other

    Simon likes to spend time with family, reading, walking, canal boating and supporting the rollercoaster that is West Ham United.

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    Emily joined the company in 2017 and assists Charlotte Sloan and the Family team in our Tonbridge office. She studied at Canterbury Christ Church University.

  • Other

    Emily enjoys going to the theatre and cinema. She also enjoys travelling and has visited many countries.