Following an increase in the need for family and children’s law advice brought on by pressures from the covid-19 pandemic, GHP Legal has appointed an additional child custody lawyer to its family team at Oswestry.
Lucy Vaughan joined GHP Legal after working for six years in the Child Protection Legal Services team at Cheshire West and Chester Council. Working three days a week, she will assist parents with custody formalities and the public law drafting process.
After earning a first-class LLB at the University of Chester, Lucy completed her legal practice course at Christleton College of Law with Distinction, then undertook a two-year training contract with a law firm in the West. Midlands where she gained experience primarily in family and child custody law.
During her studies, Lucy trained as a general counselor at the Citizens Advice Bureau, volunteering once a week to advise the community on various issues. While at Christleton College of Law, she volunteered with the National Center for Domestic Violence, obtaining injunctions for victims of domestic violence. It was Lucy’s volunteer work that led to her passion for child custody law.
GHP’s legal partner, Alison Peters, who leads the Family team at the firm’s Oswestry branch, said:
“As one of the biggest family teams in the area, we have a lot of experience in all issues related to children and appreciate only too well the difficulties that some parents face. We know from the drastic increase in the number of support proceedings in family courts over the past eighteen months, that COVID-19 has played a role in creating very serious problems.
“Having Lucy on the team at such a busy time, with her passion and expertise in the area of child custody law, is great for us and for our clients. Fortunately, legal aid is always available for custody proceedings, so parents don’t have to hesitate to seek advice and representation if they need it.