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Elizabeth Hepworth

Elizabeth Hepworth

Call 2004

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Elizabeth was called  to the Bar in 2004 is a barrister within 3PB’s dynamic and hard working family team.

Elizabeth had 13 years of experience as a family law solicitor advocate before coming to the Bar. She was a Children Panel solicitor in the south of England, where she gained considerable experience in the Public Law field.  Her experience in this area exceeds 24 years in practice.

In her field of practice, Elizabeth is an empathetic lawyer who understands the impact of litigation upon clients. She is particularly adept at dealing with clients who have disabilities and in particular, learning disabilities.

Elizabeth represents parents, children and Local Authorities in court proceedings, she has a particularly thriving practice in relation to the latter and has represented the interests of numerous authorities in the South and West of England.

Elizabeth can receive instructions on a direct access basis.

Holding a particular interest in those whose lives render them vulnerable, Elizabeth has developed an interest in Court of Protection work and has delivered training on the subject. She also offers training to social workers  in relation to court presentation and legal updates.

Elizabeth has dealt with the cases involving the following facts/issues:

  • Fact finding and care proceedings involving death of two infants as a result of alleged suffocation by a parent
  • Care proceedings involving profound learning difficulty parents  both from the point of view of parents and local authorities. Elizabeth was involved in the seminal Re D (Munby) decision at first instance
  • Cases involving high levels of neglect and addiction
  • Fact finding and care proceedings involving the infliction of deliberate burns on children and restraint with gaffer tape
  • Skull fractures to infants
  • Cases involving sexual abuse of children of an extreme nature/child exploitation
  • Cases involving profound mental illness/disorder and also physical illness
  • Special Guardianship applications
  • Child Arrangements applications particularly those involving the need for a 16.4 Guardian and  intractable disputes between parents
  • LGBT parenting
  • Blood transfusion cases
  • Removals from Jurisdiction
  • Ancillary relief proceedings

Elizabeth has a tenacious but pragmatic approach. She is prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ not only for the lay client, but also those who instruct her.

In her spare time Elizabeth has worked for the Stable Home Family Trust mentoring adults with serve learning difficulties on a voluntary basis.

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Academic Qualifications

LL.B Hons (Southampton University)

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Accredited Mediator

Professional Bodies

  • Accredited Family Mediator
  • Former Children Panel Solicitor
  • Member of FLBA
  • Western Circuit

Languages Spoken

  • French (Conversational)
  • German (Basic)