Gavin is a former Solicitor-Advocate with almost 30 years of court experience. He specialises in family law, particularly regarding children. He has represented parties before the Magistrates, County and High Court, in the Court of Appeal, Employment Tribunal, Coroners Court, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and Schools Admission Appeals Panel.

He previously qualified as a member of the Law Society Family Panel and Children Panel, and has dealt with cases involving non-accidental injuries (including subdural and retinal haemorrhages; skull fractures; scalding and biting injuries), sexual abuse, international child abduction and forced marriage. He has represented ‘Gillick’ competent children and Children’s Guardians in care and private law proceedings including appointments under S. 16(4).  He is noted for identifying issues from substantial and complex material, and is able to narrow issues constructively.

Gavin is noted for his easy manner and ability to communicate complex issues. He has been described as having a “calm, assured and personable manner” with a “clear and succinct” style of advocacy.

Notable Cases

Re: L [2011] EWCA Civ 1705 – Complex care proceedings before the High Court – two child deaths with unascertained causation – allegations of induced illness – risk to other children – complex expert evidence including geneticist.

Re: T [2010] EWCA Civ 1585 – Represented father accused of sexual abuse against a number of children. Case best known for the costs award of costs to Intervenor Grandparents in the Court of Appeal (overturned before the Supreme Court).

Qualifications and Appointments
University of Hull LL.B (Hons) 1993
College of Law, York – Legal Practice Course (with Commendation) 1994
Member of the Institute of Legal Executives 1994
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors 1996
Past member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels
Qualified as Solicitor-Advocate Higher Rights (Civil)

Call 2016 (admitted as a solicitor 1996)

Inn of Court – Lincoln’s Inn