The Team

The team at McGuinness Legal is made up of experienced childcare law specialists. In 2012 McGuinness Legal was set up as a niche childcare practice.

Between us we have many years of experience and have been involved with many complex cases. Although each case is allocated principally to one of the team, we work together as a dedicated team  to ensure that we are all aware of each case. This means that you can always be assured of a good level of personal service.

For more information about the type of matters we deal with  go to ‘our services’.

 

Joanne McGuinness

Joanne McGuinness has over 20 years experience as a childcare lawyer. Joanne acts for parents and other family members in childcare proceedings as well as regularly representing children via their Children’s Guardian.  Joanne has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1997.

As well as dealing with cases in the magistrates and County court, Joanne has a wealth of experience in conducting complex High Court matters.

 

Alex Herbert

Alex Herbert has  specialised as a childcare lawyer for a number of years. Alex is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and the Advanced Family Panel and is a trustee of Gingerbread,  an organisation which provides support and accommodation to families.

Alex represents parents and family members in childcare proceedings and is a regular advocate in the magistrates and County court.

 

Laura Slater

Laura Slater joined McGuinness Legal in September 2015 as an experienced child care and family solicitor. Laura is accredited to the Law Society Childrens panel and accepts instructions from parents and on behalf of children. Laura is a competent advocate both in and out of court and has experience of dealing with complex matters, conducting cases in all levels of the Court arena.

 

Amii Peers

Amii is a specialist paralegal and has worked alongside Joanne McGuinness and Alex Herbert for several years. Amii regularly represents and advises parents and family members at meetings with social services.

 

Lynsey Chapman

Lynsey joined the team in November 2012 as a paralegal from another local firm. Lynsey has several years experience of working in a childcare team. Lynsey represents parents and family members at meetings with social services.