The Court of Appeal has set aside a court order that a girl should be returned to her mother rather than stay with foster parents. The girl was 18 months old and was referred to in court as X. Her mother had agreed to X being accommodated with foster parents when she was three days
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined Machins in 2016. She became a partner in 2020. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children’s Panel and a member of Resolution.
Sarah specialises in children’s law. This includes representation of parents, family members, interveners, children’s guardians and direct representation of competent children, in such matters, including complex non-accidental injury of children, sexual abuse, death/murder of parent/family member, neglect and child assessment order applications.
Sarah has extensive experience of acting for children’s guardians, as well as vulnerable adults with learning difficulties who require the use of an intermediary. She also acts in matters before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
She has been identified in the Legal 500 as a rising star for the last two years.
Specialist practice areas
- Care proceedings
- Public law outline
- Contact with a child in care
- Discharge of care orders
- Revocation of placement orders
- Child abductions
- Secure accommodation proceedings
- Placement order proceedings
- Contested adoption
- Children associated Human Rights Act applications
- Child protection
TestimonialsSarah Ashby is compassionate, with excellent communication skills. She understands her client’s cases really well; she thinks outside the box and perseveres.Legal 500 2021Sarah Ashby is a fantastic solicitor. She is empathetic and will go above and beyond for her clients. She is very hard working and will pursue all avenues to ensure that a fair outcome is achieved. She also thinks outside the box and will consider applications that other parties did not consider. She is truly exceptional.Legal 500 2021Excellent support and advice, child centred throughout, hardworking and focussed
Latest news by Sarah Ashby
The wishes of a 12-year-old boy were not enough to prevent him from being returned to his father, especially as it was likely that he had been unduly influenced by his mother. That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a boy who was born in England and had lived
The 15-month-old daughter of a vulnerable mother who could not care for her has been placed in the care of the local authority so she can be adopted. The girl’s parents had been in a relationship since 2017. The mother was a vulnerable adult with learning difficulties who suffered from a syndrome that required a
A grandmother who failed to get permission to have her grandson live with her can now apply again because she’s moved to a bigger house. The case involved a two-year-old who was referred to in court as J. He had three siblings. The local authority became involved with the family before his birth due to
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a decision to remove three children from the care of their grandparents was mistaken and could cause them emotional harm. The children, aged six, four and three, had lived with their grandparents and maternal aunt since January 2019 after a somewhat chaotic lifestyle in their parents’ care. In
The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was wrong to prevent two grandparents adopting their 3-year-old grandson. The court heard that the child’s mother suffered from mental health problems. She had a long history of drug abuse and had criminal convictions for violent offences. She had had no contact with the child since