Jayne is head of the Zenith family team.
She has over 30 years experience of practising family law. She was a partner and head of the family law department in a large firm of solicitors before being called to the bar in 1995. As well as undertaking cases for clients, Jayne sits as a Deputy District Judge and Recorder determining private and public law family cases. She is also chair of the Family Bar Association for Yorkshire and the Humber.
Jayne undertakes work in all areas of public and private law matters relating to children and adult care. She is particularly skilled in conducting complex cases which involve issues of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect and complicated and/or conflicting medical evidence.
Jayne’s private law practice includes child arrangement orders, adoption, international and internal child relocation, same-sex parenting, surrogacy and domestic violence.
She is highly regarded for her ability to manage extensive paperwork and complex issues in a thorough and efficient manner with an eye for the relevant detail; covering extensive issues in a succinct manner. She is a formidable advocate and has a commanding presence and style in court. Jayne relates well with her clients, gaining their trust through her sensitive and straightforward approach.
She represents clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court and Family Proceedings Court and is regularly instructed by Local Authorities, parents - including young parents, children and extended family members. She also leads junior barristers and instructing solicitors in cases against QC’s.
She undertakes Court of Protection work.
She has undertaken training in mediation.
She accepts instructions directly from members of the public.
Areas of expertise
‘Specializes in difficult children cases, including cases with medical complexities.’ Legal 500 2015
‘Recommended for complex public law children care cases’ Legal 500 2014
‘Is noted for her ‘calm, sensible approach’ Legal 500 2013
‘Great on her feet, with a nice manner that is commanding without upsetting witnesses’ Chambers and Partners 2013
Jayne is a huge tennis fan, both playing and watching. She also likes cycling and walking with her dog, Dylan. She likes to socialise with friends and she enjoys music, including singing and dancing.
‘She demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the law, excellent preparation and masterful advocacy skills.’Legal 500 (2016)
“Known for her expertise in both public and private children law”Chambers and Partners