- Clerk Name: Rob Leonard
- Clerk Telephone: 01202 292102
- Clerk Email: [email protected]
Elizabeth Gooderham is a highly experienced senior family barrister who specialises in public and complex private law proceedings.
Notable Cases include:
Re W : Elizabeth represented a father in public law proceedings who had a negative parenting assessment. The care plan for the children was long term foster care. Elizabeth, through cross-examination challenged the author of the parenting assessment who conceded that there were flaws in her report and that there was a gap in the evidence which required further assessment. The court adjourned the final hearing for further assessment of the father to consider returning all of the children to his care.
Re W : Elizabeth represented a father in public law proceedings at fact-finding hearing and final hearing who was vulnerable and had mental health issues including severe anxiety. The parents were alleged to have caused significant injury to their baby including a multiple fractures and bruising. The father accepted he could not say he had not caused the injuries due to significant drug misuse at the time. The mother alleged the father alone had caused the injuries and that he had been controlling and coercive towards her. Elizabeth challenged the case of the mother and the judge concluded that not only did the mother remain in the pool of perpetrators but that she was the dominant individual within the relationship and father feared her reaction if her needs were not met.
Re P & L : Elizabeth represented the Local Authority at fact-finding hearing and final hearing in a High Court case where the mother was alleged of murdering one of the children. The case involved concurrent criminal proceedings in which the mother was convicted of manslaughter. The case also included multiple parties including two fathers and extended family members who were caring for the children.
Re D ; Elizabeth represented a vulnerable young intervenor in private law proceedings in which the intervenor made allegations of sexual abuse against the father (her step-father). The court found all of the allegations made by the intervenor proved.
“Defending me, you helped my confidence. Explaining to me what was happening during court proceedings so I wasn’t confused. Kindness, honesty and fun chats, patient with me. Thank you for your help and support getting me through this at this difficult time, I really appreciate it.”
Client mother in care proceedings, who had learning difficulties/mental health issues and needed help from an intermediary