Amy Woolfenden 


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Call Amy on: 020 3866 5722




About Amy

Amy specialises in children law with a particular interest in care proceedings. She became an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel in 2014.
She is an experienced court advocate and  has extensive experience representing children, parents and family members. Amy has also represented organisations as part of care proceedings including Victim Support. She deals with complex issues such as alleged non-accidental injuries, deprivation of liberty, neglect, substance misuse and domestic abuse.

Amy considers the best part of her work is building good working relationships with her clients with the aim of achieving positive outcomes for them.

 Clients have described Amy as “extremely thoughtful, understanding and empathetic”. She has been praised for her knowledge, efficiency and effectiveness, all essential qualities for challenging proceedings.

Specialist accreditations include:
Membership of The Law Society’s Children Panel

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I have had the benefit of working with Ms Amy Woolfenden on three sets of challenging care proceedings over the past year as a child’s solicitor supporting my role of Guardian. I have found Ms Woolfenden’s approach towards families to be extremely thoughtful, understanding and empathetic. The professional relationship I have with Ms Woolfenden is one that I can fully trust in. Ms Woolfenden is a child’s solicitor whom I have come to greatly rely upon for her knowledge, support and guidance. I would be delighted to work with her again on future cases, and would highly recommend her to other children’s Guardians.

A Children’s Guardian

I have regularly instructed Amy to represent me as a guardian in several care proceedings and would be delighted to do so in the future. Guardians are expected to instruct a variety of solicitors and indeed I do, however, I always ensure that I have one case ‘on the go’ with Amy because I find her efficient, effective, attuned and personable; qualities that are vital when working with difficult and complex cases. She is thorough and balanced in her approach, readily and appropriately challenging when necessary. I would not hesitate to recommend her to other court guardians.

A Children's Guardian