Called in 1994
St Andrews MA
City University DipLaw
Following a number of years spent in criminal practice honing her forensic and advocacy skills Teresa now practices in family law involving children and prison law.
Teresa's family practice includes all matters involving public and private law Children Act proceedings. Being divorced with children herself, she is able to bring significant experience and understanding to the difficulties and anxieties felt by parents at risk of losing their children, whether through separation or the instigation of care proceedings.
In private law her practice includes residence and contact disputes in the High Court and County Court. Her public law practice includes all aspect of care work, from contested supervision and care orders to adoption proceedings. Teresa is happy to accept instructions from any party in care proceedings and finds that her wide experience of acting for parents informs her approach when acting for both Local Authorities and Guardians. With the growth of Special Guardianship Orders she has developed considerable experience in the financial implications and possibilities of these orders. She has experience of being led in a complicated family case involving three generations with significant foreign and criminal elements. She has also been involved in advising and representing the government of a non-Hague country as an interested party in care proceedings.
Teresa’s experience extends from adjudications for minor infringements of prison discipline to Parole Boards and Recall panels where she has successfully argued for de-categorisation and/or release. She is regularly asked to advise on Judicial review and currently has a number of cases pending at the Administrative Court. A particular area of interest is the use and misuse of risk assessment tools, principally OASys, and how these affect consideration for release.
Teresa Is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Council Direct Public Access to Barristers Scheme.
French & Spanish
R v. P; voyeurism (involving teenage sex) under the SOA 2003,
Reported case: R v Smith, R v Khela,  All ER (D) 191
Memberships and Affiliations
Family Law Bar Association
Prior to coming to the Bar, Teresa worked as a translator and interpreter of French and Spanish, experience which has proved particularly useful when defending alleged drug importers and other defendants from French or Spanish speaking countries.