BA (Hons) Law
Law Society Children Panel
Elaine Parkes qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and has since that date practised in all areas of family law. Elaine has been a member of the Children Panel since 1987. Formerly a partner with a large firm of Kent solicitors she started her own practice in 2000. She is an experienced family law practitioner specialising in Divorce, Matrimonial finance, Cohabitation disputes, Children – both Private Law and care proceedings. She also sits as a Deputy District Judge.
Christine joined Elaine Parkes Solicitors in May 2018. Her training and first years following qualification were in family private practice, thereafter joining the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 2016 and the London Borough of Lewisham in 2017 as a Child Protection Senior Lawyer. At the London Borough of Lewisham, Christine became the Lead Advocate and delivered training to Social Workers and Junior Lawyers.
Christine specialises in childcare law, however is experienced in all aspects of family law and undertakes a majority of advocacy in her cases. Christine is an accredited Children Law member of the Law Society and has higher rights of audience (civil).
Harriet is a Chartered Legal Executive who has practised family law exclusively for in excess of 14 years. She joined Elaine Parkes in June 2017. Harriet trained and qualified in a Tunbridge Wells firm, being admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2007. After 8 years with this firm Harriet moved to a Sevenoaks based firm, where she remained until she joined us.
Harriet has a strong background in all areas of family law and a wealth of experience in advising legally aided and privately funded clients. Harriet undertakes advocacy in all areas in which she practises; including financial remedy and Children Act (private and public law) disputes. Harriet is experienced in dealing with cohabitee disputes as well as divorce and drafts pre nuptial and cohabitation agreements, in addition.
Sarah qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 with Morgan and Lamplugh in Hastings. Sarah remained there until 2011, when she moved to Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, incorporating Morgan and Lamplugh.
Sarah joined Elaine Parkes Solicitors in March 2014 as a senior solicitor and deputy supervisor assisting with cases and covering holidays.
Sarah has practiced in all areas of Family Law, and has extensive experience in both private and public law proceedings.
5BSc (Hons) Chemistry & Law
Katie joined Elaine Parkes Solicitors in July 2015. She moved from leading specialist family law firm, Sears Tooth in Mayfair, London to team up with her mother Elaine Parkes.
Katie trained as a solicitor at Sears Tooth and qualified in 2013. Katie gained considerable experience working closely for the Senior Partner, Raymond Tooth, and Susan Apthorp (Partner), for 4 1/2 years.
Katie’s practice covers all areas of family law; complex financial claims in the context of divorce proceedings, and following overseas divorce, jurisdictional disputes, Schedule 1 claims (financial provision for a child in unmarried couples), proceedings involving cases which have an international element, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, Children Act proceedings including specific issue, prohibited steps, and child arrangement orders.