Janet started her working life in the areas of adult literacy and community work in Burnley then Sheffield, Bradford and Manchester. She retrained and qualified as a solicitor in 1995 working at a legal aid firm in Moss Side where she became a partner. There she was a member of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel and remained a duty solicitor (court and police station) after joining the family and mental health teams. She also worked with various community groups providing support and advice.
Janet was involved in several community based anti-deportation campaigns and the Bolton 7 Campaign when she represented clients facing criminal charges in Bolton Crown Court in relation to gross indecency and age of consent issues. This landmark case went to the European Court of Human Rights where the appellants eventually received compensation; the laws relating to criminal offences in the field were amended shortly thereafter. Janet also represented one of the Guantanamo Bay detainees upon his return to the UK for further questioning.
Her time at Kenworthy’s has primarily evolved around family work, but Janet also represents people detained under the Mental Health Act at Tribunal hearings and has undertaken work in the Court of Protection. Janet takes a particular interest in family cases with an immigration/ asylum or mental health element or involving domestic violence.
Throughout her legal career, Janet has obtained a wealth of experience in relation to the legal aid field and wider community issues giving her a valuable insight to the difficult matters that arise all too frequently in the family courts.
Janet, with other family team members, regularly provides CPD Training provision through chambers in children and family matters.
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