Child Law

Special Guardianship Orders

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Special Guardianship Orders

The Court may make an Order pursuant to the Children Act 1989 s14 appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s ‘Special Guardian’.

The purpose of a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is to:-

  1. Give a child’s carer parental responsibility for a child;
  2. Create a clear and legal relationship between the child and their carer whilst considering the connection between a child and their natural parent in contrast to an Adoption Order.

The effect of a Special Guardianship Order is:-

  1. Grant the beneficiary of the Order parental responsibility for the named child;
  2. Discharge any existing Care Orders.

In order to apply for a Special Guardianship Order the Applicant must be aged 18 years or over and may not be the actual parent of the child concerned. The categories of those who may apply include:-

  1. Anyone with whom the child has been living with for the last three years (or more than one year if they are a relative);
  2. Anyone who has a Residence Order or the consent of those with the benefit of a Residence Order (or the consent of the Local Authority if the child is in care).

One of the advantages of a Special Guardianship Order is that it opens opportunities to the Guardian to provide support for a child. The Local Authority has a statutory duty to provide support and therapeutic services to meet the needs of children subject to Special Guardianship Order and the Local Authority can be required to provide financial support to help the Guardian where either the child has special needs or it is deemed that the Guardian needs financial support to be in a position to actually care for the child.

We have experience of acting for Applicant Guardians and are able to offer specialist advice. 

Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

Rebecca Eleady-Cole

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