Linda represents children and their parents/carers, helping them navigate their way through disputes with schools and local authorities. She has successfully secured Education Health and Care plans for young people with special educational needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, as well as other learning and physical disabilities. She has also secured reasonable adjustments to be made in examinations for young people with disabilities and has successfully appealed school admission refusals.
As a mother of two school-age children, Linda understands the personal rewards and challenges of parenting, and how devastating it can be when barriers are put in place to a family’s general well being. She has worked tirelessly in defending young people over many years, and is dedicated to protecting the rights of children and young people to receive a valuable education, helping to give them the best shot at life.
Linda qualified as a solicitor in 1996, completing her Law Society Finals at Guildford School of Law. With an interest in civil liberties she undertook a period of training in Walsall, West Midlands where she worked on a case for compensation for unlawful imprisonment of the Birmingham Six. She also gained experience in seeking redress for council tenants for disrepair to their homes. Moving to Brixton, London, she completed her training by gaining experience in the legal areas of care proceedings, domestic violence and criminal litigation, at Hornby & Levy Solicitors.
Linda moved back to the West Midlands for 18 months to practise as a criminal defence solicitor in central Birmingham. She gained substantial experience representing juvenile offenders at plea, sentence and trial. Finding her vocation in representing vulnerable young people in the criminal justice system, Linda moved back to London and over seven years created a reputation as one of the most specialised juvenile criminal defence solicitors in South East London. As Head of the Youth Court Department at Mackesys Solicitors, she represented young people charged with crimes from theft to murder. She qualified as a Duty Solicitor and was involved in criminal justice policy formulation, implementation and assessment with the Greenwich Inter-Agency Youth Justice Steering Committee; Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark Youth Court User Committee; Hampton Project School (PRU) Management Committee. Linda was published in the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association journal, and consulted by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, and Warwick University about government proposals to effect change in the juvenile justice system.
An independent and logical thinker with creative intellect and agility, Linda has continued learning throughout her life. After taking a year out to learn Spanish in Barcelona, she returned to London to work as an account manager in the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, remaining there for four years, before leaving to have children. In 2014 she obtained a Distinction in a Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture at Birkbeck, University of London. Following this, Linda managed Arts Emergency, a charity who support young people from less privileged backgrounds to follow careers and education in the arts and humanities. In her role as strategic development manager, Linda represented the charity in an All Party Parliamentary Group on arts education at the Houses of Parliament.
Having a genuine passion for the rights of all young people to have equality of education and opportunity, Linda felt inspired to return to the law to specialise in helping parents, children and young people who are facing problems in an educational setting.
R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte A (2000) 2 WLR 293 HL