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OLD COUNTY COURT, 56 WESTGATE ROAD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 5XU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0191 232 9547
Fax:
Fax 0191 230 4149
DX:
61036 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Email:
Web:
www.davidgray.co.uk
David Gray Solicitors LLP, Lesley Monkhouse, Newcastle upon Tyne, ENGLAND

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Lesley Monkhouse

Tel:
Work 0191 232 9547
Email:
Web:
www.davidgray.co.uk
David Gray Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Family.

Position

Lesley has extensive experience of advising parents and other family members about the arrangements for children following the breakdown of family relationships. She also acts for children in such cases and is particularly interested in cases where all contact between a child and family member has broken down. Lesley is a partner and family solicitor who specialises in cases involving children, domestic abuse and forced marriage. She represents children, parents and other family members in cases where social services are involved with children, and has experience of complex cases involving non-accidental injuries to children and cases with an international element. Lesley has experience of acting for parents in child abduction cases, representing both parents whose children have been abducted and those who have abducted children. She has been involved in cases where children have been taken out of England and also those where they have been brought here. Lesley has been involved in a number of forced marriage cases and cases where there have been allegations of honour-based violence. She advises about domestic abuse and represents those who have been subject to abuse and those who are accused of being abusive. Lesley has been involved in cases where there have been issues about: the inter-relation of family proceedings with UK immigration rules; whether a religious belief can prevent a child being adopted; and whether a father should be told about court proceedings about a child he was not aware of.

Career

Qualified 1991.

Member

Law Society Children Panel; Resolution-accredited specialist.

Education

Northumbria University (1991 Law).


North: Private client

Family

Within: Family

The ‘excellent’ team at David Gray Solicitors LLP has a longstanding reputation in family law, and is able to leverage the firm's crime, immigration and housing expertise to handle the full range of family law matters. ‘Calm and informative’ team head Lucy Mead is frequently called upon to deal with financial matters, while Lesley Monkhouse specialises in cases concerning children and handles issues pertaining to non-accidental injuries, forced marriage and matters featuring international elements. ‘Highly professional’ managing partner Elspeth Thomson ‘handles matters sympathetically’ and stands out for her expertise in adoption law including adoptions with a foreign element, while the recommended Mary Shaw focuses on divorce-related finance matters. Solicitor Claire Hunter is also recommended; she is well versed in dealing with public law children issues and financial separation matters including sexual abuse and exploitation.

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