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Jalpa Vadgama

Head of Family (Public Law)

Jalpa Vadgama is a Solicitor and Director at GN Law, and the Head of our Public Children Law Department. She is a member of Resolution and an Accredited Member of the Child Panel.

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About Jalpa

Jalpa represents parents, children and grandparents involved in all types of public children law cases, including care proceedings, applications for emergency protection orders, special guardianship order proceedings and adoption proceedings.

Jalpa represents parents at pre-proceedings meetings (sometimes referred to as ‘Legal Gateway Meetings’) and provides advice to parents whose children are subject to Child Protection Plans.

Jalpa regularly represents clients in cases involving:-

  • allegations of non-accidental injuries
  • allegations of sexual and physical abuse to children
  • complex medical issues
  • allegations of domestic violence
  • drug and alcohol issues 

She is skilled at representing parents with learning difficulties and mental health issues and has experience in acting in cases where the Official Solicitor is invited to act on a parent’s behalf. She conducts her own advocacy in the vast majority of her cases, including complex final hearings.

Jalpa is also a skilled housing solicitor and has experience in all aspects of housing law. She has particular interest in anti-social behaviour matters.

Jalpa represents clients from all walks of life. Her approach is direct and to the point, her advice, firm and robust.

Cases

Re H (A Child :Hair Strand Testing) 2017

We represented the father in this case. The issue for the court in this matter was regarding the mother’s drug use and therefore whether she was able to care for her baby. This matter considers hair strand testing and the science and reporting behind it. The mother’s drug use was tested significantly by 3 different laboratories, however the results for the same time period varied considerably. The Judge in this matter reiterated the need to treat numerical data with proper caution as well as the importance of reading such reports with attentiveness so as not to jump to conclusions. In his judgement, the Judge provided 7 suggestions for report writing in hair strand testing scenarios.

Haringey v M [2014] EWCC B66 (Fam) (16 April 2014)

18 year old mother and 23 year old father, having continuous drug problems and unwilling to work with the professionals. The court has placed their first child, A, in the care of the local authority with permission for adoption. Held that the second child, B, should be adopted together with the first child as the parents would not be able to care safely for B, would not be able to offer care that was calm, stable and consistent and would not be able to meet his long-term needs.

Francis v Brent Housing Partnership Ltd & Ors [2013] EWCA Civ 912 (29 July 2013)

A judge had erred when determining that a local authority housing tenant did not have a secure tenancy of a flat following a possession order issued against the tenant, as a subsequent agreement between the parties showed an unequivocal intention on both sides to create, or to recognise, a secure tenancy.

Education

  • London Guildhall University, LLB (Hons)
  • London Guildhall University, Legal Practice Course

Career

  • GN Law (2012-present)
  • Donald Galbraith & Co, Solicitor (2009-2012)
  • Duncan Lewis, Solicitor (2007-2009)
  • Duncan Lewis, Trainee Solicitor (2005-2007)
  • Duncan Lewis, Paralegal (2002-2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society
  • Accredited Member of the Children Panel.
  • Member of Resolution 

Languages

Jalpa is fluent in Gujarati

Personal Interests and Activities 

In her free time (or when she is not representing clients in complex public law proceedings) she enjoys travelling, reading and eating.

What Clients Say 

  • ‘Direct, robust and sympathetic’

Recent Articles

An Emergency Protection Order (EPO), made under section 44 of the Children Act 1989, is a court order that authorises taking urgent steps to protect a child.
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Care proceedings are a complex legal process that involve social services and the court working together to ensure the safety and well-being of a child.
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A pre-proceedings meeting, or legal gateway meeting, means that the Local Authority is concerned about the care of your children and is considering taking the matter to Court.
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Receiving a pre-proceedings letter from Social Services can be a concerning and pivotal moment for families. The PLO letter indicates that the Local Authority is troubled about the welfare of your children and is contemplating court involvement.
Our People - Jalpa Vadgama
Legal aid application process ‘functions as a barrier to access,’ says President of the Family Division.
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