Barrister

Lewis Donnelly

Year of call 2008

Family

Lewis deals predominantly with public law children work.

A regular choice of many local authorities, Lewis is best known for his representation of parents, children and wider family members in the context of care proceedings in the High Court and County Court.

Complex expert evidence forms part of most cases Lewis is involved in and recent cases have involved:

  • Complex and near fatal multiple injuries

  • Alleged deliberate suffocation

  • Sexual abuse (including grooming, rape and inter-sibling sexual abuse)

  • Factitious illness

  • Genetic conditions

  • Forensic computer evidence

  • Psychological/psychiatric evidence

  • Ritualistic child abuse 

Lewis’s approachable and friendly manner ensures that he is able to provide clear and accessible advice to both professional and lay clients alike. In addition, conducting conferences and hearings with clients for whom English is not the first language is a regular feature of Lewis’s diary. In particular, Lewis is regularly instructed to represent young and vulnerable parents as well as parents who present with learning difficulties. An early discussion with solicitors in order to tailor the best approach for a vulnerable client is always encouraged.

Lewis has a particular interest in cases in the High Court involving the placement of children outside of the jurisdiction in the context of care proceedings. Furthermore, Lewis has both the experience and an active interest in the revocation of Freeing orders in cases involving, “statutory orphans”.

In the field of private law children matters, Lewis accepts instructions in complex cases where r.16.4 guardians have been appointed or where there are significant factual issues that impact upon the welfare of children.

Lewis has particular experience of cases involving:

  • Wardship

  • Removal from the jurisdiction

  • Allegations of rape and sexual abuse

  • Allegations of violence to children

  • Historic domestic violence

  • Parents in custody

  • Witchcraft and ritualistic practices

  • Psychological/psychiatric evidence

Testimonials

"He is very much up-and-coming. He is well prepared and popular with solicitors; he will go a long way."

Chambers & Partners (2014)

‘Experienced in difficult public law care proceedings.’

Legal 500 (2016)