Ranjit Uppal is a Solicitor Advocate specialising in Family and Child Care Law. Ranjit is based in Huddersfield
Ranjit Uppal is a Director at Switalskis Solicitors and a specialist family and children solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience. In 2016 he was awarded Solicitor Advocate of the Year at the national Law Society Excellence Awards.
As a Director at Switalskis, Ranjit has played an integral part in the growth of the business, driving the firm’s marketing and business development initiatives.
He is experienced in all areas of Family law with particular expertise in Child Care Law proceedings including advising clients and representing them in in all types of children matters. He has over 20 years’ experience in Immigration, Asylum law and Human rights law which has led to Ranjit becoming a national leader in proceedings involving children where parents, family members are abroad. He is fluent in Punjabi and Urdu. Ranjit often represents family members abroad and has successfully placed children with family members abroad.
Ranjit has extensive experience as an advocate and regularly appears before all levels of the judiciary including High Court. Ranjit has represented parents, grandparents and children in findings of fact hearings following serious injuries to a child including sexual harm, physical harm, neglect and emotional harm.
Ranjit sits as a Deputy District Judge in civil and family courts; is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a former member of the West Yorkshire Family Drug and Alcohol Court Committee. He works on a pro-bono basis for the charity Substitute Families for Abandoned Children (SFAC) providing consultation and training on legal matters relating to work overseas. He has excelled in providing international legal training to foreign lawyers, judiciary and government/non-government organisations on advocacy, children’s welfare and rights, and best practice. He regularly travels to Uganda and Brazil on a pro-bono basis to lecture on family and children law issues.
Ranjit was part of a team of lawyers from Huddersfield Law Society who were ‘highly commended’ at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016 for their pro-bono work on the Uganda Twinning Project. The group unites and develops the legal community locally and internationally through training and helps promote good governance and respect for rights and the rule of law.
We asked Ranjit:
Q: What do you do at Switalskis?
A: As well as my role as a Solicitor Advocate advising and representing clients in Child Care matters I am also a Director of the firm, which means I have managerial responsibilities and sit on the firm’s Management committee as the Director in Charge of Marketing.
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: Helping real people through their problems and bringing families together. I enjoy being in court and representing families.
Q: What can clients expect from you?
A: Some one who is good at listening to the client’s wishes and providing clear advice. A consistent service from the first advice appointment all the way through to hearings in court. A genuinely passionate and committed solicitor who wants to do the best for his clients at all times.
Q: What do your clients like about you?
A: Friendly, approachable yet highly effective in negotiations and a very good advocate. I am a speaker of Punjabi and Urdu, so it can be very reassuring for my clients to deal with someone who can speak their language.
Q: What is your specialist area of work?
A: Child Care and Family Law, including:
- Care proceedings
- Special Guardianship
- Child Arrangement Orders (formerly child Residence and Child Contact)
- Financial relief following martial separation
Q: What drew you to your specialism?
A: I have always wanted to represent children and families and to help protect individuals’ rights.
Q: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: Sitting as a Deputy District Judge in Family Law and Civil Law
Q: What are you interests outside of work?
A: Reading, running and gardening. I also enjoy watching tennis and football, and I support Liverpool FC.I’m involved in a number of community organisations, including Greenhead College Huddersfield, where I am a Govenor. I am a committee member of LAPG (London) and also of West Yorkshire Family Justice Council Diversity Committee. I am also involved in the charitable organisation Home Start Calderdale, which provides support to families with young children. Lastly, I am also an active member of Huddersfield Sikh Youth.