Amanda Cattle is a child law expert. She has a wealth of experience of representing all parties in public law family proceedings concerning children (including the applicant local authority whilst at her previous firm.) This has given her valuable knowledge and insight which she is able to bring to representing children and adults in public law proceedings at Goodman Ray.
Amanda brings this expertise to complex private law Children Act proceedings, particularly where there may be social services interest in the family and /or alleged child protection issues.
Amanda undertakes over 90 % of her own advocacy allowing her to know her cases minutely and pursue an effective case management strategy on behalf of her client. She is a highly regarded solicitor advocate. However when Counsel or Queens Counsel is required she knows who to instruct for a particular case.
Amanda regularly receives referrals from other solicitors and counsel to act in cases involving allegations of non accidental injury, sexual abuse and cases where there are complex issues of mental and/or physical illness or disorders. She particularly receives instructions from experienced guardians who value her approach to representing children and these guardians also recommend her to new guardians who appreciate her advice and guidance.
She has many years experience of representing clients in family proceedings when there are parallel or linked criminal proceedings. On a number of occasions this has involved significant criminal charges such as murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Amanda has a recognised expertise in representing vulnerable clients including older children or younger adults. She is often approached to separately represent teenagers directly in public law proceedings. She is able to develop a rapport with troubled teenagers who value the time and effort she makes on their behalf.
She is developing a practice in the Court of Protection, where she transfers her passion for ensuring effective legal protection for vulnerable children, to vulnerable adults.
Amanda has been a family lawyer for 19 years. She is a member of the Association of Lawyers for Children and has been on the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2001.
Amanda has pursued two successful appeals to the Court of Appeal and an effective appeal from Lay Justices to Circuit Judge level in the last 12 months. In these cases, she undertook the advocacy herself or acted effectively as junior counsel.
She has earned a strong reputation as a solicitor who works tirelessly for her clients whether they be children or adults.
She has responsibility for managing the firm’s contract with the Legal Aid Agency.