New Addition to Ward Hadaway's Family Team

Posted on the 16 May 2016

New Addition to Ward Hadaway's Family Team

The family team at leading North East law firm Ward Hadaway, has been further strengthened with the recruitment of experienced solicitor-advocate Cassandra Spenceley.

Cassandra joins Ward Hadaway as an Associate, after more than a decade advising on issues relating to children and their welfare, in both private and public law proceedings on the North East Circuit.

She has gained particular expertise in advising on difficult and complex issues surrounding children and their welfare, and in recent times has acted for children and family members in cases that have come before the Family division of the High court.

Cassandra is a long standing member of the Law Society's Children Panel and regularly receives instructions to represent children by their CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory Service) Guardians before the Family court.

She has also accepted instructed to act directly for young people before the Court when they have been found to be competent to have their own legal representation, in what are often sensitive and difficult cases, which concern their own future.

After a number of years of appearing before the various tiers of the Family court, in 2015 Cassandra formalised this experience by securing her (civil) Higher Rights of audience and becoming a Solicitor-Advocate.

In addition to representing children before the Family court, Cassandra also represents parents and other family members in both public and private law proceedings.

She has also acted through the Official Solicitor to represent parents in public law proceedings, where they have been found to lack litigation capacity in their own right.

Cassandra has a reputation for handling the cases she works on with the sensitivity they require whilst adopting a robust approach as and when it is needed, to safeguard the interests of her clients.

Cassandra said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Ward Hadaway in Newcastle. The firm has a first-class reputation for the quality of legal services it provides, and in particular its commitment to client care.

"It is clear that as well as being a leading commercial law firm, Ward Hadaway also values providing top class personal legal services. I am looking forward to adding value to the already established and well thought of family law team here in Newcastle".

Jonathan Flower, Partner and Head of Family Law at Ward Hadaway, said: "Cassandra is someone whose work we have been familiar with for a number of years, so it is great to be able to welcome her to the team.

"Her particular expertise and experience in the field of children law is something which few practitioners in the North East have, and I am sure that it will prove to be invaluable to the family law team and to our clients."