Role: Regional Director & Head of Care (Birmingham)
Location:
Birmingham

Fiona Bowen

Fiona Bowen child care solicitor

About Fiona

Fiona has been an esteemed solicitor since 2001, showcasing an unwavering commitment to the legal profession. To add to her expertise, Fiona became a distinguished member of the Children Panel in 2005, solidifying her dedication to child law matters of profound importance.

Having an exclusive focus on children-related litigation since 2005, Fiona is a leader in the field of children law, showcasing her impressive wealth of experience.

When it comes to child advocacy, Fiona stands as a committed advocate, representing the interests of children through guardians, and uniquely, directly receiving instructions from the children themselves. Her scope extends to parents, extended family members, and even local authorities, demonstrating her ability to navigate the intricates of family law.

Notably, Fiona has left a lasting mark on the legal landscape by handling cases that ascend to the Court of Appeal. Her prowess extends further, having accepted instructions from the Official Solicitor in cases where clients lack the capacity for litigation. Her reputation is such that esteemed judges have sought her out to represent parties, a testament to her exceptional legal expertise.

In the delicate field of cases involving the deprivation of liberty, Fiona's experienced representation shines through, demonstrating a keen understanding of the complex issues at hand. Her approach to proceedings is characterised by a compassionate demeanour, instilling a sense of confidence and reassurance in her clients. Particularly noteworthy is Fiona's exceptional ability to establish a meaningful connection with vulnerable clients, an attribute that considerably enhances her effectiveness in the courtroom. Fiona's influence is not confined to her legal prowess alone; her impact resonates throughout the local legal community. Widely recognised and respected, she regularly receives referrals from local practitioners, a clear testament to the trust and admiration she commands. Over the years, Fiona has become a prominent figure, not just in the legal field but also as a compassionate advocate dedicated to the welfare of children and families.

In her spare time Fiona enjoys singing in a choir, playing the piano, keeping fit and walking/hiking.

Advises on Following Areas of Law

Specific Areas of Expertise

  • Public law proceedings (care)
  • Representing children in private law proceedings through a guardian where the child is made a Party.

Notable/Reported Cases

In this case, Fiona acted for one of the parties where it dealt with a forced marriage protection order and dealt with the abuse of process which was evident in this case, using this legislation incorrectly when its existence is intended to protect parties. https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2021/B92.html

Education

  • Haybridge High School, Hagley, West Midlands. A levels-ABB
  • Bristol University- 2:2  Law/ German combined Honours degree
  • Bristol University of the West of England- Legal Practise Course-pass

Career History

  • Veale Wasbrough Solicitors, Bristol-paralegal (1998 - 99)
  • Challinors Solicitors (1999 - 2013)
  • Cartwright King Solicitors (2013 - date)

Panel Memberships and Accreditations

  • Law Society Children Panel
  • Member of Birmingham Law Society

Recent Experience

  • We represented a lady who had been arrested following an attempt at poisoning her son with prescription tablets, who at the time of the offence was 7 years old.  The police arrested her and she was investigated with respect to attempted murder. The child was medically affected by the attempt, and kept in hospital for a short period but luckily made a full recovery. We were instructed in relation to the court proceedings issued by the local authority, and the child was immediately placed into foster care, pending further assessment work being undertaken by the local authority. The client was not detained in police custody, but instead was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and admitted into a mental health hospital. My immediate concern upon instruction was her capacity to instruct me as her solicitor and as such, I felt it was appropriate to liaise with her treating psychiatrist at the mental health hospital.  He duly confirmed that she did not have capacity to instruct and we had to represent her through the Official Solicitor forthwith. We instructed a QC in this matter and it eventually proceeded to a 15 day fact finding hearing. The matter was highly complex and very interesting.
  • We represented a child in a private law matter, taking instructions from the guardian. The case lasted in total over 2 years, and was very demanding in terms of managing the father who was a Litigant in Person and also case managing the sheer volume of material. Eventually the fact finding hearing took place over 4 days and the judge gave a very damming judgment which essentially found against father on each and every allegations made by her against him. The majority of the Findings sought by him against mother were not proved. Father sought to appeal the Findings made but his application for permission to appeal was dismissed.
  • In this matter, we represented a child in public law proceedings. It was the local authority application for a supervision order upon a young baby. The local authority alleged that the order was necessary in its application as a result of a suspected non accidental injury being sustained by the child about 6 months ago. The injury was of markings/bruising to the upper left arm and left inner ear, and there were other bruising injuries which were not relied upon by the local authority.  It was picked up by the hospital paediatrician and referred to the local authority as a child protection concern. The local authority did not seek to remove the child from the parents’ care, and sought an independent opinion from a general paediatrician who also confirmed suspected non accidental injury. We instructed a neonatologist and at the end of proceedings the child remained at home due to the lack of evidence to substantiate the assertion that the injuries had been caused non-accidentally.

Read what our clients have said about working with Fiona:

  • Great with Communication

    Trustpilot (February2024)If you are looking for a family child care firm then I would most definitely recommend Cartwright King. Fiona Bowen was great with communication both via emails and phone calls. Thank you so much for everything, with the challenge of keeping me focussed with a very challenging case.JS

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