Lorna regularly appears in complex and sensitive cases involving children both in the Public Law and Private Law spheres at County Court and High Court level together with appeals. In addition she has a keen interest in international movement of children and child abduction cases.
Lorna represents parents, alleged perpetrators of injuries, children instructing their own solicitors, CAFCASS Guardians as well as Local Authorities and she has also acted as Advocate to the Court.
The areas of work covered include all aspects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse (including those which are the subject of medical dispute/controversy such as brain injury, sudden death in infancy, FII and cases involving the death of parents).
Similar skills are also engaged for work pursuant to the High Court’s Inherent Jurisdiction involving adult children under a disability and issues concerning the withdrawal of medical treatment from children.
Lorna is co-author of the book “Challenging and Defending Local Authority Child Care Decisions”, which was published in March 2013.
"A first-rate children law silk who is much in demand."
Chambers UK 2021
"Fearless, talented and hardworking in equal measures."
Legal 500 2021
“She’s a highly experienced children law silk and is regularly instructed in the biggest children law cases in the Midlands.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Fearless, talented and hardworking in equal measures.”
Legal 500 2020
“She has a long-established reputation for handling the biggest and most complex of care cases. Undoubtedly one of the market leaders in children work.”
Chambers UK 2019
“Exceptional silk dealing with a range of children law matters, from international adoption to complex physical and sexual abuse cases. She is noted for her expert representation of children, parents and local authorities.” Strengths: “A leader in the field. One of the standout practitioners and a leader at the Bar.”
Chambers UK 2018
“She has a forensic eye for detail and is always one step ahead.”
Legal 500 2019
“A highly regarded silk with a meticulous approach.”
Legal 500 2017
Re W (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1227
RE E (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1773  Fam Law 399
Re X and Y (Children)  EWCA Civ 1500  1FCR1
Re CA (A Baby)  EWHC 2190 (fam)
Re D (A Child)  EWCA Civ 684,  4 All ER 434,  2FLR 1183
Re S (a child)  EWCA Civ 219
In the Matter of S (A child)  EWCA Civ 325
WCC, TE, SH, S  EWHC B19 (Fam)
Re X, Y and Z (children)  EWHC B12 (Fam)
LAB v KB (ABDUCTION: BRUSSELS II REVISED)  EWHC 2243 (FAM),  2 FLR 1664
Re MA(Care Threshold)  EWCA Civ 853;  1FLR 431
BCC –v- AG and Others  EWHC 3720 (fam);  2FLR 580
Re T (Children: Placement Order)  EWCA 248;  1FLR 1721
Re AJ (Adoption order or special guardianship order)  EWCA Civ55; 1FLR 507
Re T and J (abduction recognition of foreign judgment)  EWHC 1472 (fam);  2FLR 1290
Re G (children)  UKHL 43;  2FLR 629
Re G (Residence: Same sex Partner)  EWCA Civ 462;  2FLR 957
A County Council –v- A Mother, A Father and XY and Z  EWHC 31 (fam)  2FLR 129