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Esther Agamemnon

Year of Call: 2007
Practice areas:
  • Family
Esther is an experienced and popular children law practitioner.  She is a fierce, engaging and capable advocate. She provides robust, sensible and strategic advice on complex matters with meticulous attention to detail.  Having worked for many years within local authorities and also as an In House Advocate, she has a real level of insight into the intricacies of local authority work.

Local Authority Solicitor

Esther is a very capable, confident and articulate advocate who is tenacious yet respectful with great professional integrity.

Local Authority Principal Solicitor


Overview

Esther practises exclusively within family law with a particular emphasis on public care proceedings.

Prior to joining chambers, Esther spent twelve years working in numerous local authority childcare legal departments and as an In House Advocate. Esther has extensive experience in all aspects of child protection, care and adoption proceedings.

Esther is known for developing a strong rapport with her clients and is meticulous in her approach to case preparation. 

Esther accepts instructions from local authorities, parents, guardians and any other represented party in all types of Children Act proceedings. Esther also accepts instructions on a Direct Access basis.

Expertise

Esther’s experience includes (but is not limited to) cases involving:

  • Serious injuries

  • Fabricated or induced illness (FII)

  • Learning disabilities

  • Sexual abuse

  • Deprivation of liberty

  • Inherent jurisdiction matters

  • International elements and/or jurisdictional issues

  • Designated authority

  • Secure applications

  • Forced marriage

  • Matters involving the Official Solicitor

  • Chronic neglect

  • Drug and alcohol issues

  • Concurrent criminal proceedings

Notable Cases

T v Z

Represented a local authority throughout care proceedings including a composite final hearing in a non-accidental injury case. Conflicting medical evidence and two medical experts gave evidence. Robust cross-examination of one expert highlighted to the court serious deficiencies with the expert’s opinion regarding causation.

C v M

Represented a local authority in complex care proceedings that involved allegations of sexual abuse, jurisdictional issues and concurrent criminal proceedings.

C v B

Represented a mother throughout care proceedings (totalling 8 hearings) and successfully argued against the various local applications throughout the proceedings, all of which were dismissed. Mother kept her child on an interim and long term basis.

S v P

Represented a local authority throughout the care proceedings including a 6 day final hearing in a complex case involving 10 children. Successfully argued the local authority’s position and the court endorsed the local authority’s care plans for all 10 children.

Achievements

Accreditations

  •  Direct Access qualified

Qualifications

  • Granted full pupillage exemption – June 2022

  • Higher Rights (Civil Advocacy) – June 2022

  • Admitted as a Solicitor – June 2012

  • Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test – December 2011 (A grade)

  • Bar Vocational Course (Nottingham) – 2007 (very competent)

  • (BA) Law and Criminology (The University of Sheffield) – 2006 (2:1 Upper Second)

Memberships

  • Northern Circuit

  • Family Law Bar Association

  • Child Concern

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn


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