In such cases Carolyn has been accredited by the Bar Council to provide direct legal access to those parents and grandparents or other members of the public or organisations who would like her to assist and represent them in a family matter if she determines that it is suitable case and they meet the relevant legal criteria.

Membership of Organisations:

  • Northern Circuit
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Child Concern
  • British Association for Adoption and Fostering
  • Adoption Matters North-West
  • Lawyers Christian Fellowship.
  • Grandparents Association
  • Northern Circuit Expert Witness Initiative

What Clients Say:

Mr "T" Said:

" Direct Access, what a fantastic way to keep the legal bills minimised and Mrs C Johnson is testimony to how successful it can be. I had been fighting for access to my child for nearly two years and my finances completely drained until Direct Access was recommended to me. Mrs Johnson supported me through out my initial court application and represented me professionally and with out fault right through to the Final Hearing. She was always supportive, honest and her wealth of knowledge a great asset to my case. I would have no doubt in recommending her to all those who find themselves in a similar position to myself, forced to fight for access to their child. "

Carolyn is the Head of the Family Law Department at Cobden House Chambers.

She undertakes all aspects of family law work that involves children including public law and private law proceedings and she has a specialist expertise in adoption.

Carolyn represents parents, grandparents, children, Guardians and local authorities in care cases, residence and contact disputes, injunctions, child abductions and applications to leave the jurisdiction in all tiers of the Family courts.

Due to her long association with Adoption Matters as a Board member of Blackburn Diocesan Adoption agency and previously as a panel member of Lancashire’s adoption panel and now as a trustee of Adoption Matters North-West chairing their policy and procedures committee she has a wide-ranging and practical knowledge, as well as a legal expertise of adoption in this country and abroad.

In addition to her conventional legal practice Carolyn has a practical knowledge of raising a large family and has a growing number of grandchildren. She is particularly aware that many parents and grandparents are unable to qualify for legal aid funding and may have limited funds, yet wish to be involved in proceedings relating to their children and grandchildren.

Carolyn Johnson

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