Jennifer Heckingbottom

Child Care

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Jennifer Heckingbottom

Director and Solicitor

Jennifer qualified as a solicitor 11 years ago.  She is a Director in our Child Care Law team.

Child Care

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
24-26 Paradise Square
S1 2DE

Jennifer specialises in public and private children law proceedings including:

  • Representing children, parents and family members at court in proceedings brought by local authorities/social services, including care proceedings, DoLS, secure accommodation applications and others
  • Representing family members or children involved in adoption law
  • Representing children in complex private law proceedings (16.4)
  • Provision of advocacy in all related proceedings before Magistrates, District, Circuit and High Court Judges

She has represented clients in many cases involving allegations of serious life changing non accidental injuries, burns, and shaken baby cases.  Also, cases involving allegations of factitious induced illness and serious allegations of abuse of any nature.

Jennifer is a member of the Law Society Children’s Panel.

Ranked Private Client - The Legal 500 recommended lawyers 2024


Jennifer prides herself in assisting professionals, families and children with commitment, understanding and quality when providing legal advice that is constructive and clear.  At all times, she ensures that her client understands how the court process works; what is expected of them and how their case will be progressed.

Jennifer aims to assist each of her clients at each stage of the proceedings with a quality legal service.


Published cases:

A, B, C (Children : care orders) No. 5 [2019] EWFC 55 (19 July 2019)

A, B, C (Children : care orders) No. 4 [2018] EWFC 98 (06 April 2018)  (View without highlighting)  [8%]
([2018] EWFC 98; From England and Wales Family Court Decisions (other Judges); 28 KB)

M & N (Twins: Relinquished Babies: Parentage), Re [2017] EWFC 31 (24 May 2017)  (View without highlighting)  [7%]
([2017] EWFC 31, [2018] 1 FLR 293; From England and Wales Family Court Decisions (High Court Judges); 26 KB)

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council v R & Ors [2019] EWHC 3581 (Fam) (20 December 2019)  (View without highlighting)  [4%]
([2019] EWHC 3581 (Fam); From England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions; 105 KB)

B (A Child), Re [2014] EWCC B3 (Fam) (04 February 2014)  (View without highlighting)  [11%]
([2014] EWCC B3 (Fam); From England and Wales County Court (Family); 27 KB)

A, B, C (Children : care orders) No. 2 [2017] EWFC 116 (27 January 2017)  (View without highlighting)  [9%]
([2017] EWFC 116; From England and Wales Family Court Decisions (other Judges); 45 KB)

“I have instructed Jennifer family cases and observed them representing families.  I have always been impressed by the clear advice that is given based on good legal knowledge.  My working relationship with them has always been positive and I have had no concerns about their practice”

Professional Client, Child Care Law


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