Child Care Solicitor Louise Noblet is based in Bradford, but works in many areas of Yorkshire.
Louise leads our Bradford-based Child Care Law team. She qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and has been a member of The Law Society’s Children Panel since 2000. She is a Solicitor Advocate (Civil Courts), which means that she is able to represent clients before Courts at all levels.Since qualifying Louise has specialised in family matters, more recently focusing on public law, the Children Act and Adoption cases, representing both parents and children. She has experience of representing clients in the Family Proceedings, County and High Courts, undertaking the majority of her own advocacy.
We asked Louise:
Q: When did you join the Switalskis team?
A: October 2003
Q: What do you do in your role at Switalskis?
A: I’m a Child Care Law Solicitor Advocate and joint head of the Child Care department. As a Director of the firm I also act as joint head of the Bradford Office, Director with oversight for York Office and Director with oversight for LEXCEL (the Law Society quality mark for law firms).
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Helping families in very difficult circumstances. The variety of the work; no 2 cases are the same. Each family is different and has to be approached in different ways. Practicing in Child Care Law requires me to have a knowledge of medical issues, mental health problems, an understanding of the impact of life events upon the clients or their families.
Q: What can clients expect from you?
A: A compassionate but realistic approach. Clear and consistent advice throughout. Where possible I undertake my own advocacy so I would hope they should only be dealing with me at substantive hearings, as well as in the office.
Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: I am approachable, easy to understand – where possible I avoid using jargon. I give clear and consistent advice, with cases run in line with client instructions.
Q: What did you want to do when you were a child?
A: I wanted to be a doctor.
Q: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: Becoming a mother, closely followed by passing the legal practice course.
Q: What are your ambitions?
A: To continue to offer a high level of service to some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Swimming, walking, and spending time with my family.