Role: Paralegal
Location:
Birmingham

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Sallyanne Davies childcare paralegal

Sallyanne Davies is a Paralegal based in Birmingham specialising in Child Care matters.

More About Sallyanne

Sallyanne Davies is a Paralegal based in Birmingham specialising in Child Care matters. Sallyanne joined Cartwright King Solicitors over ten years ago and has over 31 years of legal experience.

Sallyanne’s commitment lies in guiding families through challenging times, particularly those grappling with child custody issues. Sallyanne takes pride in establishing a connection with new clients, providing reassurance and support as they navigate the uncertainties that often accompany such situations.

Sallyanne's approach is centred on putting clients at ease, assuring them that Cartwright King is here to support them at every step. Her courtroom experience involves assisting both parents and guardians, collaborating closely with Counsel to ensure optimal outcomes for her clients. In addition, Sallyanne attends meetings on behalf of Children's Guardian, extending dedicated support to children involved in these delicate cases.

Beyond the courtroom, Sallyanne actively assists and supports parents during meetings with Social Services. It's crucial to her that clients feel empowered and informed, even in challenging situations. By working together, Sallyanne aims to achieve the most favourable resolutions for families in need.

Sallyanne utilises her expertise to guide clients through their legal journey, ensuring they feel supported and informed every step of the way.

Outside the legal realm, Sallyanne finds joy in various interests. Music is a constant source of inspiration, and she enjoys the arts, regularly attending the cinema and theatre. Quality time with friends and family is a priority, bringing balance to her life. On a personal note, Sallyanne maintains a healthy lifestyle through Judo, currently holding a blue belt and aspiring to achieve a black belt soon. Dance classes, whether Zumba or Clubbercise, and the occasional dance party at home are her preferred ways to stay active and have fun.

Advises on the Following Areas of Law

Notable/Reported Cases

  • 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 allegation 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.

Career History

  • Challinors Solicitors September 1990 to August 2013
  • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council August 2013 to November 2013
  • Cartwright King 27 November 2013 to present day

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.

 

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