Susan Eskinazi qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and established the firm of Eskinazi and Co in January 1998. Susan is a specialist in the law relating to children, both private and public law. She obtained a Diploma in Child Protection at Kings College, London in 1994 and became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in 1995. In addition Susan is an accredited specialist with Resolution in the areas of private Children Law, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence.
Susan is a member of Reunite the charity for abducted children and is a specialist solicitor on the panel of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit. She specialises in both International and Domestic Adoption and Surrogacy and is Legal adviser to Norwood Adoption Agency. She is also a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.
Susan has worked extensively with cases of domestic violence. She was a Trustee of Barnet Women’s Refuge and also provided a series of lectures to the Police on Domestic violence.
Susan represents children both in Care cases and private law cases including where the children are the subject of their parents dispute for residence, contact and other orders. She was a Trustee of Childline and sat on various of their committees.
Susan has been involved in a number of high profile and reported cases: She represented six infant plaintiffs in judicially reviewing the London Borough of Barnet in their decision to close Kingswood, their special needs nursery situated in Finchley. It was the first challenge of its type under the Children Act. (R V London Borough of Barnet ex-parte B (1994) 1 FLR 592)
In the case of G ( Abduction:Psychological Harm ) (1995) 1FLR 64, Susan represented a mother who had fled to London with her 3 children . This case was of special interest at the time as an example of an occasion where, given that it was accepted that the mother must remain the children’s primary caretaker, the risk to the parent of a return to the USA was such as to create a risk of harm to the children and was therefore sufficent to justify refusal of an order for return.
In the case of the Internet twins, Susan represented the twins’ birth father in America following the twins’ mother having sold the children over the Internet to an English couple. (Flintshire County Council U K (2001) 2 FLR 476)
Susan was runner-up Legal Aid lawyer of the year for 2006.
Christina Theodorou is a family lawyer who qualified in 1998. Christina is of Greek Cypriot origin and can speak Greek. She is an experienced solicitor specialising in Pre-nuptial Agreements, Divorce, Dissolution, Financial Relief orders, Residence and contact orders in Divorce proceedings.
Christina also specialises in representing parents in private law disputes concerning their children.
Christina has considerable experience in cases of domestic violence and injunctions as well as advising on cohabitation rights, civil partnerships and child abduction cases.
Christina also has expertise in private client work, namely in the preparation of wills and probate.
Christina is a member of Resolution and the Specialist Family Law Panel of the Law Society. She is a tough negotiator who obtains good and fair results for her clients.
She is a collaborative lawyer and is committed wherever possible to helping clients to resolve their differences through negotiated settlements.
Christina has a wide client base which includes serving the needs of the Greek community. She has given talks on family law including radio interviews. She was also a very active member of the management committee of Westminster Womens Aid for several years on a voluntary basis conducting AGM and meetings within the organisation.
Anne has over 20 years experience as a solicitor-advocate and has acquired substantial experience in family law. She has appeared in the Magistrates and Crown Courts as well as the Family Proceedings Court, County and High Court. Her knowledge of both criminal and family jurisdictions enables her to advise in cases involving parallel criminal proceedings.
Anne continues her freelance family law advocacy practice whilst undertaking cases in her role as Consultant to Eskinazi & Co, she represents parents and extended family relations in both private law and public law cases.
Lynsey joined Eskinazi & Co. in 2005 upon qualifying as a Solicitor and has been practising family law ever since. Lynsey specialises in the areas of Divorce, Financial relief orders and both public and private children law matters.
Lynsey specialises in representing parents applying for residence, contact, parental responsibility and prohibited steps orders in respect of their children. She is also very experienced in representing parents in Care cases where children are removed from their parents care by a Local Authority.
Lynsey also advises extensively in Domestic Violence cases and obtains Injunction orders where necessary.
Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has specialised in all areas of family law. Helen became a member of the Law Society children panel in 1986 and in 2007 obtained Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification. Helen is a member of Resolution and has trained with them as a mediator.
Helen continues her freelance family advocacy practice whilst undertaking cases in her role as a consultant with Eskinazi & Co.
Jacinta is an experienced family lawyer and a member of the Law Society children panel both for adults and children as well as having higher rights of audience.
Jacinta specialises in both public and private law children’s matters as well as having experience of criminal and welfare benefit matters.