Al specialises in all aspects of family law, both public and private. In his public law work Al is instructed by local authorities, parents, other family members and on behalf of children, appearing in proceedings for care orders, supervision orders, placement orders and adoption at all levels of court. He has a broad range of experience having dealt with cases involving non-accidental injury, sexual abuse and chronic neglect for both local authorities and parents. Al also has a developing Court of Protection practice.
On the private side Al represents and advises parties on all aspects arising out of relationship breakdown including financial remedies, residence and contact disputes. He has acted in a number of intractable contact disputes involving issues of domestic violence, mental health and sexual abuse. He has experience in dealing with a wide range of financial disputes, from those involving couples struggling to make ends meet post-divorce, to high net-worth cases involving multiple properties, different jurisdictions and company issues.
Al is a highly regarded courtroom performer, regularly noted for his personable but tenacious approach. Al is regularly complimented by solicitors and lay clients for his easy manner and delicate handling of clients at all stages of litigation.
Notable Family Law cases
R v R
Representation of husband in financial remedy proceedings. Successful ring-fencing of significant inheritance.
B v L
Represented abused mother in successful application to terminate father’s PR. First such case since CW v SG  EWHC 854
Represented local authority in complex and sensitive care proceedings involving twins with Down’s Syndrome.
H v H
successful representation of husband in ‘gold-digger’ financial remedy proceedings.
R v R
representation of wife in financial remedy proceedings with assets exceeding £2 million, including properties abroad.
representation of mother in contested care proceedings. Child returned to the mother.
K v K
representation of father in intractable contact dispute with significant mental health issues.
representation of mother in highly contested care proceedings. Child returned to the mother.