Sarah Canfield

Chartered Legal Executive Advocate & Family Mediator
Family
sarah.canfield@attwaters.co.uk

My Professional Background

I have 18 years of experience in dealing with all aspects of Family Law, having started my training at a firm in Edmonton, North London, in 1998. I moved on to another high-street practice in Enfield in 2001, where I specialised in Family Law, and remained there until 2017 when I joined Attwaters Jameson Hill.

I have specialist experience and knowledge of domestic abuse and injunctions, all areas of childcare law, including Private Law disputes between parents, some of which have involved the permanent removal of children from the jurisdiction, and all aspects of Public Law proceedings to include placement order proceedings and Special Guardianship.

I am an Advocate and have regularly represented parents, grandparents and other family members in proceedings. I have represented clients at all levels of the family court system and have experience of dealing with clients with mental health issues, and learning difficulties, and have dealt with cases where I have been instructed by the Official Solicitor.

I am a trained Mediator and have an holistic approach to family and child care issues, ensuring the best outcome for clients.

 

Achievements / Accreditations

  • I started my training in 1999 and qualified as a Legal Executive in June 2002. I have been a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives since July 2005.
  • I went on to undertake my Advocacy Certificate to gain further rights in the Family Court and qualified as one of the first Legal Executive Advocates (family) in October 2010.
  • I am a qualified all-issues Mediator and have been undertaking Mediation regularly in family disputes since 2012. I am able to undertake Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings (MIAM).
  • I am a member of Resolution and the Family Mediation Council.

 

About Me

I have lived in Hertfordshire for most of my life and went to school in Cheshunt.

I always thought I would work with animals, having been a keen horse rider throughout my childhood.

However, after spending my work experience as a teenager in the deep end at a veterinary hospital – that idea soon changed!

I have a very busy family life, having two young children, a husband and a puppy to look after. In my life prior to children, I very much enjoyed boot camp, travelling, fine dining and champagne (those were the days).

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