Child Law

We understand how important excellent legal advice is to organisations responsible for the welfare and safeguarding of children and young people.

Essential legal advice

When a case involves the wellbeing of a child, we know the value and importance of specialist expertise and reassuring advice.


Our team understand the pressures our clients face when dealing with adoption, fostering and safeguarding. The best interests of a child are at the centre of what we do. We respond promptly with accurate and considered guidance. We advise social services, schools, academies and in-house education teams of large public bodies on the most effective solutions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the young people.

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Amy Lapite, Head of Children and Education

Amy Lapite

Children and Education - Legal Services Manager

Amy specialises in childcare and education matters (SENT and SEN tribunals) and has Higher Rights of Audience for civil matters.  She has served as a legal adviser to the Adoption Agency since 2004. Amy joined ELS in 1998 from Manchester City Council. Amy is a member of Essex Family Justice Council. Amy has over 17 years of ...

Dorothy Simon

Dorothy Simon

Children and Education - Legal Services Manager

Dorothy joined Essex County Council in 1995 as a Principal Solicitor to bring the child care in the south east of the county back in-house. She then joined Southend Borough Council in 1998 to form the Social Care & Education Legal Team for the new unitary authority before returning to Essex County Council in 2000 to ...

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To find out how we can help you and your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email, or visit us at our Chelmsford office.

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