Esther joined Chambers in August 2022 after twelve years of working in local authority child care legal departments.
She was called to the Bar in 2007 and secured her first legal role at a law firm in Manhattan, New York, assisting a renowned commercial litigator.
Esther has worked for numerous local authorities and has extensive experience in all aspects of child protection, care and adoption proceedings. She became an In House Advocate in 2018; her most recent role being with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.
As an In House Advocate, Esther dealt with a full range of hearings, with a particular emphasis upon complex and contested cases. She has significant experience of lengthy contested final/composite hearings, in addition to frequently appearing in the High Court.
Her 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 matters, secure applications, forced marriage, matters involving the Official Solicitor, chronic neglect, drug and alcohol issues and concurrent criminal 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.