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Child Law in York & Lincoln

Our child law solicitors deal with all areas of the law relating to children. We regularly represent children, parents and other family members in Court proceedings.

Friendly and Approachable

Our experienced specialists understand situations can be difficult and sensitive. We provide professional and practical advice in a sympathetic manner. As our client, you are our priority. We’re happy to attend meetings with Social Services and agencies with you.

Child Law Areas of Expertise

Specialist areas include:

  • Adoption
  • Care Proceedings/Social Services involvement
  • Child Arrangements Order (formerly Contact and Residence issues)Domestic abuse helpline
  • Emergency Orders
  • Guardianship – including Special Guardianship Orders
  • Injunctions
  • International child disputes
  • Parental responsibility
  • Paternity disputes

Who leads our Child Law Teams

Read about our team.

Sheelagh Coles, Partner, Child Law in York

Sheelagh plays a prominent role with the Child Law York-based team. Sources appreciate her deep experience and expertise. She’s known as "good across the board, an all-rounder." Find out more about Sheelagh Coles.

Partner John Conlon, Child Law lead

John leads our children’s law group. He handles matters such as care proceedings and serious injury cases. He’s described as “an extremely experienced, sensitive and sensible solicitor with sound professional judgement”. Find out more about John Conlon.

Alison McGowan, Senior Associate Solicitor, Child Law in Lincoln

Alison is a senior associate within the Child Law Lincoln based team. She’s experienced in all areas of children work. These include serious injury and abuse matters. According to commentators Alison is "highly experienced and motivated, thorough in her work and tenacious in court." Find out more about Alison McGowan.

Flexible About Location

Can’t get to our York or Lincoln offices? No problem. We can arrange a telephone interview or in some circumstances visit your home.

Is Legal Aid Available?


Legal Aid may be available in certain cases. Find out if you qualify for Legal Aid

Our Connections

Our Child Law solicitors can put you in contact with local agencies. We have links with:

  • Addaction
  • Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • Home Start
  • IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services)
  • Rayner
  • Shelter
  • Sure Start
  • Women's Aid

Law Society Children Panel Accreditation

We have Children Panel accredited solicitors in both our Lincoln and York Child Law teams.

Next Steps


Whatever your situation, please contact us to see how we can help. You can call us for a free initial consultation:

York office - 01904 610 886
Lincoln office - 01522 888 555

Or simply fill in our online enquiry form.




"Thanks for your letter and apologies for not being in touch sooner. Everything is resolved and I really appreciate your advice and also the gesture of good will. Your candour and focus on ensuring I knew the likely outcome made a real difference to a very stressful situation."