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Welcome to Covent Garden Family Law.

We are a niche practice specialising in family law. We have a team of experts ready to advise you.  We are one of only a few central London firms that has a legal aid contract and can provide publically funded work.  We offer competitive rates including fixed fees for advice and representation to our private clients.

Our team

Lynn has considerable expertise in acting for parents and children in care proceedings and is routinely appointed by Guardians being seen as a vastly experienced practitioner who can be relied upon to act in children’s best interests.  She is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and the Association of Lawyers for Children.  She is an expert on adoption law and has particular interest in issues arising from same sex relationships and surrogacy matters.

Lynn is an accomplished advocate and attends court regularly at all levels. She holds the Higher Rights (civil advocacy) qualification. She has provided Advocacy training for trainee and newly qualified solicitors.

Lynn studied Law/English at Keele University. She was employed as a senior solicitor for two leading legal aid practices before joining Covent Garden Family Law. During her time as a solicitor she has used the negotiating/communication skills she has developed to act as a volunteer Mediator for neighbour disputes in the London Borough of Waltham Forest before then undertaking the necessary training to act as a Bereavement counsellor for over 10 years for a hospital charity. This has enhanced her problem-solving approach.

She believes passionately in de-mystifying the legal process and guiding clients, through what can be a difficult process, in a straightforward way.

Melanie frequently undertakes advocacy in Public Children law cases at all levels, enabling her to provide continuous representation from the start of your case to its conclusion. Melanie often represents children (through their court appointed guardians) and also parents in care proceedings and has over 10 years’ experience in the field.

Melanie has extensive experience working on international child abduction cases. She has successfully represented clients in a number of reported cases and works tirelessly to ensure the best outcome for her clients. Some of her cases include: Re E (Abduction: Intolerable Situation) 2008] EWHC 2112 (Fam); [2009] 2 FLR 485; R v E [2016] EWHC 3113 (Fam) (28 November 2016) ; FE v MR and others [2017] EWHC 2298 (Fam)

Melanie completed her undergraduate degree at Loughborough University and studied law at the University of Law in York obtaining a distinction. She was a committee member of Law Society children law sub committee, is a member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association, Reunite International, Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

Angela has over 30 years of experience representing parents and children in private and public law cases. She has in recent years specialised in Rule 16.4 cases – many of which feature allegations of parental alienation. She is tenacious and compassionate, a strong advocate with higher rates of audience. She represented the children in A & B, Re (Parental Alienation by the Non-Resident Parent) [2022] EWFC B8.

Angela spent several years working for Al Haq, the human rights NGO in the West Bank. She has more recently collaborated with the human rights NGO Al Mezan, in the Gaza Strip in relation to a submission to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has undertaken war crimes investigator training in the Hague. She has conducted many human rights missions for the European Commission, UNICEF, Save the Children, Amnesty International, and the Norwegian Refugee Council in Pakistan, Mauritania, Togo, Yemen, Jordan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Mali, Niger, Algeria, Sudan, Bangladesh and Egypt, as well as having been legal advisor on various election observation missions in Georgia, Belarus and Yemen.

She has an LLM in human rights law specialising in Islamic law. She speaks fluent French and some Arabic.

Haema Sundram

Mediation Consultant

As an experienced family solicitor of 25 years, Haema has seen first hand what a difficult and challenging time it is for separating and divorcing couples and their families when the relationship ends. More and more it seemed like the court led process was unsuited for the majority of couples and families trying to resolve arrangements for their children and also resolving financial arrangements for their long term future.

Haema has felt for a long time that there must be a better way to help families and has chosen to be a ‘peacekeeper’ in her day job. She is a Resolution trained mediator registered with the Family Mediation Council and is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor. For several years Haema has been named in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories for her work as a family lawyer. She continues as a Consultant Solicitor and collaborative lawyer for us at Covent Garden Family Law.

Speak to us about your case

Please contact us for an initial consultation with one of our specialist family solicitors either by way of a meeting or telephone appointment to suit you. Please fill out the form or call us confidentially on 020 7257 6130.