Congratulations to our Hayley Jervis on being accredited by The Law Society to become a member of their Children’s Law Accreditation panel

Hayley Jervis, Solicitor in our Family and Childcare department has been recognised for her expertise in Child Care Law and has been accredited by The Law Society by becoming a member of their Children’s Law Accreditation panel.

What is the Children Law Accreditation

The Children Law Accreditation is a quality mark set by The Law Society for practitioners who represent children in Children Law proceedings and is recognised by the Legal Aid Agency.

To become an accredited member, applicants must demonstrate that they have:

  • personally conducted cases and represented parties in Children Law proceedings.
  • carried out advocacy for clients.
  • a thorough awareness of ethical issues that can arise in Children Law cases
  • an up-to-date knowledge of guidance, legislation, case law and practice developments
  • the ability to work directly with children, explore their competence and understand their wishes and feelings.

Applicants are also expected to meet the standards of practice and conduct outlined in the Code of Practice for Children Law.

How to qualify for the Law Society Accreditation

To qualify for this prestigious accreditation, an applicant must complete a training course, submit a detailed application demonstrating that they meet the strict criteria and attend an end point assessment interview. If successful, the accreditation lasts for three years.

Children Law Solicitor Hayley Jervis said: “I am thrilled to have been accredited and recognised for my experience in Children Law. I am incredibly proud to be an accredited member of the scheme.”

Since joining Dicksons Hayley has specialised in Care proceedings and represented parents and other wider family members involved in disputes with the Local Authority concerning their children. She regularly advises and represents clients at pre proceedings meetings, during Court proceedings and conducts her own advocacy. Hayley has a wealth of experience in family law, having previously undertaken all aspects of private family law, and also having experience of working for a Local Authority legal department.

Director and head of the family department Rebecca Sykes says: “Hayley is an asset to our team and is highly regarded in her profession. She has a real empathy towards her clients and provides a high level of care and commitment in what are often challenging and emotional circumstances. We are delighted that she has achieved the recognition she deserves.

If you or a family member is in need of specialist legal advice contact our child care solicitors today on 01782 262424 or email or