Kevin Skinner is “a real high-flyer” and “very dynamic,” with a specialism in international abduction cases. He also has a growing reputation for public law children cases. He is known in the market for his client-facing skills, with sources saying: “Clients are able to relate to him and he can build a trusting relationship very quickly.” – Chambers & Partners 2017
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AREAS OF PRACTICE
2013 Outstanding Newcomer in the field of Children Law by the Association of Lawyers for Children
Kevin has expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, matrimonial proceedings and care proceedings. He is assisting in developing Goodman Ray’s growing practice for alternative families, advising on civil partnership and co-parenting arrangements and surrogacy. Kevin advises in respect of legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. He joined Goodman Ray in October 2006 and became a partner in June 2015.
Kevin has a particular interest in Children Act applications including contact and residence disputes, internal relocation and leave to remove from the jurisdiction. When instructed in care proceedings, Kevin’s primary focus is on cases involving non-accidental injury and cases with concurrent criminal proceedings. He has been awarded the Law Society Family Law (Advanced) Accreditation, specialising in Child Abduction and Private Children Law. Kevin also represents people in Court of Protection proceedings and can advise regarding legal protections for vulnerable adults.
He is a regular speaker and lecturer within the United Kingdom, having recently given talks to the ALC (Association of Children Lawyers), NSPCC, NIA project and IMECE. He is on the Amnesty International speakers (on issues around death penalty and stop violence against women); he is also a regular contributor to Jordan’s Family Law and is frequently asked to comment on cases by LexisNexis. Kevin is a member of Resolution, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Association of Children Lawyers, Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Amnesty International and the Lesbian and Gay Lawyer Association.
In July 2013, Kevin was awarded Outstanding Newcomer in the field of Children Law by the Association of Lawyers for Children, his nomination can be read here. In the same year he was a finalist for Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year at the Jordan Family Law Awards.
Kevin is ranked Chambers & Partners 2016 as a Leader in the Field of Cross-Border Disputes (child abduction) and in the Legal 500 described as being:
“handles both public and private law children matters and is particularly noted for his cross-border work. He “shows commitment in going the extra mile and does his very best for the client.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“First class” (Legal 500, 2015)
“a rising star” (Legal 500, 2014)
“… excellent, and go[es] the extra mile” (Legal 500, 2013)
“exemplary” (Legal 500, 2012)
Significant reported cases:
- Re M (A Child)  EWFC 71
- Re R (A Child)  EWCA Civ674
- SR (A Child: habitual residence)  EWHC 742 (Fam)
- EG v JG  EW Misc 21 (CC) (01 December 2013)
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent)  EWHC B14 (Fam) (13 March 2013)
- Re G (A Minor); Re Z (A Minor)  EWHC 134 (Fam)
- Re J (A Child) (Learning Disabled Parent) 
- LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray  EWHC 865 (Fam)
- A London Borough v M (Rickets) 
- Re PW (Adoption)  EWHC 3793 (FAM)
- Adoption, public policy and integrity; Re PW: – Jordan Family Law, May 2012, volume 42, page 577
- Confidentiality in Children Cases after Doncaster MBC V Haigh – Jordan Family Law, December 2011, volume 41, page 1348
- The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007: Two Years On – Jordan Family Law, January 2011, volume 41, Page 76
- Law Society – Family Law (Advanced) – Child Abduction and Private Law Children
- Association of Children Lawyers (ALC)
- Executive Committee of Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA)
- Amnesty International
- Law Society – Children Panel Accreditation