Sometimes, a local authority (social services) may become concerned about your child’s welfare. This may be due to your lifestyle, your property, an injury your child has sustained, violence in your relationship or general concerns about the care you provide.

Local authority involvement in your life, and that of your child, is always a very difficult and emotional time. We are here to help and can offer advice, assistance and representation at all stages: from the initial meetings to the conclusion of any court proceedings.

As well as representing parents, we can offer advice and representation for other family members, such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, or friends of the family, wishing to care for a child with whom the local authority is involved.

Our skilled and experienced team consists of three qualified lawyers with in excess of 44 combined years of experience. Two of our team are also members of The Law Society’s Children Panel which enables them to act on behalf of children.

Although there have been recent changes to legal aid, these do not impact on court proceedings where a local authority is seeking to make decisions about your child. If you are a parent or a person with parental responsibility, you will be entitled to legal aid in these types of cases.

Please do contact a member of the team if you are unsure whether this applies to you. We are happy to assist.

Speak to a Solicitor today

Ruth Harrison-Byrne


Main areas of expertise:
Member of the Law Society’s Children Panel
Children Law
Custody Disputes

T: 0121 784 8484
E: [email protected]

Samantha Hodson, Carvers Solicitors, Birmingham, Childcare

Samantha Hodson

Legal Executive

Main areas of expertise:
All Childcare matters

T: 0121 784 8484
E: [email protected]

Gail Hope, Associate Solicitor, Carvers Solicitors, Birmingham

Gail Hope

Associate Solicitor

Main areas of expertise:
All Childcare matters

T: 0121 784 8484
E: [email protected]

Hayley Chew


Main areas of expertise:
All Childcare matters

T: 0121 784 8484
E: [email protected]


February 2021


To our valued clients and partners,


As the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to take the time to reassure you of the actions we are taking to protect our clients, colleagues and our wider communities, whilst working to maintain our services to you at this time.


Our commitment to you


We are open for business and will continue to provide you with the best service we can in the safest way possible. In line with Government guidance we will be limiting face-to-face contact as much as possible. We are able to facilitate all client appointments by either video or conference call to suit your needs.


If you have any queries please contact your usual legal advisor to discuss appointment options.


Our staff are set up and ready to respond to you as usual. We are working hard to mitigate any disruptions, and will continue to provide you with the legal service and advice you need, delivered with the high-level of service you have come to expect from Carvers.


If you have a general enquiry please call us on 0121 784 8484 or contact your normal legal advisor.


Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We look forward to returning to normal, with a handshake, as soon as possible.


Carvers Solicitors


0121 784 8484

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