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Claire Butterfield child care legal executive

Claire Butterfield represents parents, grandparents, or other family members, and children when the Local Authority is involved with a family due to concerns that a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm. She has been a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel since 2000.

About Claire

I began work in 1988 when I left school. I was employed as a trainee Legal Executive. studied at the University of Wolverhampton to obtain my qualification as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives whilst working. I started in the mortgage repossession department whereby I completed all of the necessary application forms and attended hearings. I then moved to the family department and after training I built up my own caseload dealing with divorce, financial disputes and disputes in relation to child care arrangements. I then moved exclusively to dealing with public law children’s cases where I initially represented children then when I was accredited to the Children’s Panel I was instructed by Guardian’s. I have continued to represent parents in cases involving non accidental injuries when numerous experts have been appointed to prepare reports whereby I have often been the lead in the instructions. I have considered medical evidence filed and instructed Counsel when the case has become very complexed. I have undertaken my own advocacy in other cases. I have also represented intervenors, grandparents and other family members. I also attend Pre Proceedings Meetings with clients and give advice regarding their case and and as to how avoid Court proceedings. I also represent children in private law cases when I am instructed by the Guardian appointed under Rule 16.4 FPR which can be challenging as parents are not often represented. I also represent clients who are often family members of friends seeking a Special Guardianship Order and Child Arrangements Orders. I have also represented children separately from the Guardian when the child has been deemed to have competence to instruct me separately. I have represented a child where a Deprivation of Liberty Order has been made due to extreme concerns about her being that she was a threat to herself and others.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, and participating in other outdoor activities such as boot camp and walking/running. I also like to do DIY and gardening along with spending time with my family.

Advises on the Following Areas of Law

Specific Areas of Expertise

  • Representing all parties in public law children proceedings which include, parents, child, intervenors and family/friends.
  • Representing child/children when instructed by a Guardian under Rule 16.4 FPR 2010

Panel Memberships and Accreditations

  • Member of the Children's Panel since 2008


  • Charlemont Infant and High School
  • Menzies High School
  • Wolverhampton University part time whilst working

Career History

  • Lyon Clark Solicitors 1988 - 1996
  • Challinors Solicitors 1996 – 2013
  • Cartwright King 2013 – to date

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