Heather Popley - Family
Heather has over ten years experience practising in family law. Her practice areas include the following:-
Public and Private law Children:
Heather represents local authorities, parents, other relatives and children's guardians in care proceedings, including Special Guardianship applications, placement applications and secure accommodation order applications. Heather has experience of cases involving serious allegations of sexual abuse (including CSE), non-accidental injury, chronic neglect and domestic violence.
Heather has extensive experience of private law children cases involving complex issues, including: parental alienation and implacable hostility cases; fact findings, such as those involving allegations of domestic violence and sexual abuse; removal out of the jurisdiction; and internal relocation.
Heather’s financial remedy practice includes representing parties in FDAs, FDRs, final hearings, maintenance pending suit applications, Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 section 37 applications, cases involving third party interveners and Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 applications. She also represents clients in co-habitee cases pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
Heather provides written advice in all areas of her family practice along with other written work, such as skeleton arguments, Scott schedules, threshold documents and submissions. She appears regularly in the Family Court and High Court. She is happy to advise parties in person at conferences not only at Chambers but also at instructing solicitor's offices if this is more convenient.
Heather is sensitive to the needs of each individual party she represents, rigorously putting their position, whilst providing clear and practical advice having regard to the overall circumstances of each case. She has experience working with clients who are vulnerable; and parties with learning difficulties requiring a litigation friend to be appointed, including cases involving the appointment of the Official Solicitor.
Heather works as an editor of the Leicester and Leicestershire Family Justice Board website providing up to date family justice news and case law: www.llfjb.com
Called to the Bar 2003 Gray's Inn
Heather is qualified to accept public access instructions
The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
The Midland Circuit
Family Law Bar Association
Association of Lawyers for Children
BCC v Riaz et al  EWHC 4247 (Fam) before Keehan J
Please click here to view her article regarding this case and the use of the inherent jurisdiction in tackling CSE.
RE T(A Child)  EWCA Civ 1210 (06 December 2016)