Called to the Bar in 1992
Practice Area: Family
Dolores has a highly practical, robust and thorough approach to her work which, along with excellent advocacy skills, has gained the confidence of both her lay and professional clients. She has the ability to work quickly and at very short notice, and to get to the point straightaway, qualities acquired through the confidence of this experience.
Where cases can be settled cost effectively for the client she will always bear this in mind. Where a contest is inevitable she will champion her clients cause fearlessly. Dolores will also engage the client amenably at all stages of the process and will go the extra mile to ensure that even the most cynical client is reassured. Her primary objective is always attaining the result the client wants even against steep odds.
Dolores gained valuable advocacy experience in her years as a junior barrister in the criminal and immigration courts and tribunals in the 1990s and her representative cases can be found in immigration reports for that period.
Dolores specialises in these areas of family law at all court levels:
Private Law Children Act matters including residence and contact disputes.
Special Guardianship Orders
Emphasis on Public Law Children matters / Child Protection cases. Contested care proceedings and adoption cases including recently successfully obtaining an adoption order for first time gay male foster couple against strenuous resistance from the Applicant local authority
All aspects of divorce and financial provision including cases with an international element
Non Molestation Orders
Occupation /Exclusion Orders under Family Law Act
Domestic Violence related applications
Court of Protection; Mental Capacity Act 2005 :representing both vulnerable adults and their carers
H (A Child)  EWHC 4501 (Fam)
Care Order – Parents fled to Ireland – Child in foster care since birth – Care plan for placement in Ireland
Dolores undertakes mainly public funded work but is available for private work. Competitive fees can be arranged through her experienced and approachable clerking team.
Hobbies have included included TEFLA (teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults-qualified International House Piccadilly ) including to diplomats).
Dolores is fluent in Spanish and has a good working knowledge of French.