Family law specialist Paul Hunt has been awarded a qualification which will enable him to represent children in public law hearings in matters such as adoption and care proceedings.
Paul, senior associate solicitor at Kirwans law firm, which has offices across Liverpool, Wirral and Southport, received the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation after undergoing a rigorous process that included mandatory training and an interview assessment in front of a panel of experts.
The accreditation sees Paul join a select group of highly skilled family law solicitors who have demonstrated their knowledge, expertise, practice and experience in the area of public children law and have been accepted onto the Law Society’s Children Panel as a result.
Paul now has the professional body’s seal of approval in dealing with matters that involve representation of children in public law hearings.
Paul said: “I am thrilled to have been accepted onto the panel. Children law is a complex area, and this panel membership enables guardians to identify suitably qualified practitioners when representation of children is required at meetings brought by the local authority.
“I look forward to assisting children’s guardians during the legal process.”
Senior Associate Solicitor Paul joined Kirwans in 2002, and is responsible for cases involving divorce or separation, children, financial and property issues and domestic abuse.
He is an accredited member of Resolution, an association of specialist family lawyers who provide non-confrontational family law advice, in the areas of private children law, financial remedies and domestic violence. Paul has also been awarded the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation in these areas.
Managing partner David Kirwan said: “Paul is an excellent solicitor who always offers exceptional service to his clients. I am delighted that he has achieved this prestigious accreditation, which demonstrates the high level of expertise that he possesses.”
Kirwans is a full service law firm and has supported private and commercial clients across the UK for over 70 years offering legal representation in areas including employment law, corporate and commercial, commercial property, landlord services, conveyancing, private client, dispute resolution, crime, driving offences and agriculture.