Shahreen Khanom is a family law solicitor specialising in children and matrimonial law. She is a member of the Law Society Children Law Panel representing parents, children, grandparents, siblings and foster parents in all areas of children law including child arrangement orders, prohibited steps, care proceedings, Special Guardianship orders, discharge of final care orders, Wardship proceedings, Leave to Remove applications (both internal and international) and child abduction, Shahreen has extensive experience in complex care case involving forced marriage/FGM, witch craft, conflicting religious beliefs and a particular expertise in non-accidental injury cases with concurrent criminal proceedings, including representing the parent in the leading “baby shaking” case of LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam). 

 

Shahreen early experience as a solicitor representing clients in criminal, extradition, prison law and judicial review matters in some of the leading terrorism and extradition cases post 9/11 has meant now as a family specialist she has represented parents in the earliest known “radicalisation” cases in the family courts and continues to date. These cases have shaped the development of radicalisation as a new facet of child protection laws before the courts. Her expertise in this area continues to evolve to now include representing “returnee” parents from conflict zones, parents seeking to discharge final care orders and parents seeking contact with children following periods of imprisonment and rehabilitation.

 

Shahreen’s expertise in child protection law means she is often instructed by clients at the earliest stages of local authority involvement with a family. Shahreen’s robust approach to challenge local authority procedure and regulations very early on, leads to many positive outcomes for families when local authorities conclude their involvement with a family. Shahreen is committed to ensure the parents and children’s interest are represented fully at every stage of local authority involvement including challenging S.20 agreements and Child Protection and Children in Need Plans. 

 

In addition Shahreen regularly acts for clients in private children contact matters involving allegations of parental alienation, serious harm including domestic abuse/controlling behaviour and sexual abuse.  She also regularly represents clients  in relocation of children, whether within the UK or abroad and has regularly appeared in child abduction matters in the High Court. Her general family practice includes representing clients in Non-Molestation and Occupation orders, divorce and matrimonial finance matters, including TOLATA claims involving financial rights of cohabitees, always ensuring she achieves the best financial settlement for her clients.