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Profile submitted by Lawrence Messling

Practice Areas

Lawrence has specialised in public child law since 1995. He undertakes serious and medically complicated fact-finding hearings, including cases where a child has died, allegations of NAHI, serious non-accidental injury, fabricated or induced illness, and complex outcome hearings including those with an international element. He is instructed in cases with sensitive medical and ethical issues, including those concerning the lawfulness of the resuscitation of a child or where one parent has killed the other. He undertakes cases involving issues of confidentiality and disclosure requiring the exercise of the High Court's inherent jurisdiction. He lectures on public child law. He is a trainer on the paediatrician expert witness programme. He chaired the BAAF Midlands Legal Group for ten years. Authorities include: Re K (a Child: Therapy) [2013] EWHC 3747 (Fam); Re A and B (One parent killed by the other - Guidance) [2010] EWHC B25 (Fam); Re W-P (Children) [2009] EWCA Civ 216; X and Y v A Local Authority (Adoption: Procedure) [2009] EWHC 47 (Fam); Re B (Minor) [2008] EWHC 1996 (lawfulness of not resuscitating disabled child); and A County Council v A Mother, a Father and X, Y and Z (by their Guardian) [2005] EWHC 31 (Fam).

Professional Memberships

FLBA, BAAF, ALC.

Career

Head of St Philips' Family Law Group (2010-15); Deputy Head of Chambers (2011-14).