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CAROLINE STEELE

Year of Call: 2000

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Family Law
Human Rights
Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution

Biography

Caroline was educated at Down High School, Queen’s University, Belfast and at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s. She was called to the bar in 2000 and quickly developed a busy practice. Caroline qualified as a mediator in 2013 and continues to develop her skills in the area of family and matrimonial mediation.

Caroline practises in all areas of family law: • Children including wardship, private law and public law cases. • Adoption including freeing for adoption and stepparent adoption. • Divorce and Ancillary Relief proceedings. • Non Molestation Orders. • Protection from Harassment Civil Injunctions • Maintenance proceedings • Family Judicial Review.

Caroline acts for children, Guardian Ad Litems and parents. Caroline has experience at all court levels from Family Proceedings Court to Court of Appeal and extensive experience of being led by Senior Counsel.

Caroline has a wide experience of consulting with clients in Maghaberry HMP, PACT & Thorndale Residential Units, Children’s Homes, Psychiatric Hospitals and visited Knock Contact Centre.

Qualifications

1999; 2:1 LL.B (Hons) from Queen’s University, Belfast

2000; Certificate of Professional Legal Studies Belfast

2000; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland

2012; Certificate in QuEST Mediation

2013; Certificate in Core Solutions Group Advanced Advocacy Skills in Family Law Training

2013; Trained as an Advocacy Trainer run by the Bar Advocacy Training Board

Experience

Luiz; in re (application for a residence order by Northern Irish step mother in respect of a Brazilian National) [2009] NIFam 16

South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust v LS & another [2008] NIFam 12

South Eastern Health and Social Services Trust v LS & anor [2009] NIFam 14

E & others; in re [2003] NI Fam 11 (Appeal from the Family Care Centre)

NT v AT [2012] NICty 2 (Relocation)

Relocation G and A (Care Order: Freeing Order: Parents with learning disability) [2006] NIFam 8

Official Solicitor on behalf of N & R; in re application for judicial review [2005] NIQB 75

Caitrin & others; in re (care proceedings; fact finding) [2010] NIFam 1

Caitrin, Dona & Elliot (Care: Final Hearing)

Dona; in re (No 7) (application to discharge care order) [2011] NIFam 8

Belfast Health and Social Services Trust v Dr OL v Dr DS HIG8345

McL v McL; in re (valuation hearing) [2012] NIMaster 3

Publications

2001; Co-Author of Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Publication on Human Rights and Family Law