Livingstone Brown have an enviable reputation in the field of Child Protection legal work. We offer a dedicated team of specialist family law solicitors who practice in this field, thereby guaranteeing the level of experience and knowledge that you need to deal with such important issues where the stakes are so high. Because of our unique experience in this field, we are able to represent you in every stage of the process; from informal social work involvement through to Children’s Hearings, Sheriff Court proceedings and, if necessary, appeals.
We recognise the heartache and distress that can be caused by unjustified or unnecessary involvement of the state in the private lives of families. We ensure that your case is dealt with sensitivity and care at all times, whilst ensuring that your case is progressed quickly and effectively, allowing you and your family to get on with your lives.
We deal with such work on both a legal aid basis and, for those who don’t qualify, at competitive private rates.
Our firm is the biggest provider of Children’s Legal Aid in Scotland, demonstrating our commitment to cost-effective representation for our clients.
Children’s Hearings – Despite being informal, some of the most important decisions in parents’ and children’s lives are made at Children’s Hearings. Our firm represents clients at hundreds of children’s hearings every year, no matter the location, guaranteeing you the effective representation you are entitled to.
Appeals – We recognise that sometimes the wrong decision can be made. It is crucial that you understand the rights you have to ensure that justice is done for your family. We offer expert advice and representation in appeals against the decisions of Children’s Hearings, Sheriff Court, and beyond.
Grounds of Referral – When grounds of referral are brought, the Sheriff has an important role in determining the truth. These decisions can have long-lasting consequences for you and your children. We appreciate how daunting it can be for parents, particularly where they have no experience of such processes. We pride ourselves in ensuring we deliver the best possible representation available. Our specialist knowledge allows us to conduct cases in a manner tailor-made to securing you the best possible chance of the outcome you desire.
Adoption and Permanence Orders – Nothing can be more devastating than a decision taken that a parent should not care for their child, or should not have contact with them. Parents (and children) have the right to fight to stay together. Having a specialist solicitor in this complex, high stakes field is essential. We have represented clients in Adoption and Permanence cases for over 25 years.
Our team of specialist solicitors can provide comprehensive guidance, bespoke to your situation. This can often be a complex area of the law, and the wellbeing of children involved is our top priority. Get in touch with our family lawyers today on 0141 778 9657 or complete our online enquiry form.
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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.
If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.
Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.
The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.