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.
‘She demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the law, excellent preparation and masterful advocacy skills.’Legal 500 (2016)
‘She has an incredible intellect’Legal 500 (2019)