“A good head and a good heart is a formidable combination.”
Donna is a highly respected solicitor with extensive experience in all aspects of the law relating to children. She regularly advises and represents children, parents, local authorities and other interested parties in care proceedings, adoption proceedings, Wardship and applications in the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court , deprivation of liberty and secure accommodation applications, and private law proceedings to determine where a child should live, future contact arrangements and/or to resolve other parenting disputes.
Her specialism in these areas is acknowledged by her membership of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme since 1996.
Donna is a legal representative on the Local Family Justice Board, the aims of which are to improve efficiencies in the Family Justice system. She is also a longstanding member of Child Concern whose objectives are to work to further knowledge and practice in Children’s Law.
Donna leads McAlister’s Local Authorities Team. She previously worked as a solicitor for Salford City Council in child care and mental health law, and has since acted on behalf of eight local authorities in the North West area. She was formerly a member of Salford’s Adoption Panel and was responsible for multi-disciplinary training for social workers, foster carers, lawyers, police officers, medical and other professionals working in the field of child protection. She continues to be involved in providing training for social workers.
What others say
“Donna Roberts and her team are the most caring, professional, honest and reliable professionals I have come across.” Satisfied client
“Not only does she know the law thoroughly but she has the imagination to see how the application of the law can be used to bring about the desired end in a given situation.” Professional client
Donna is “an excellent point of contact.” “She always deals with anything very quickly and efficiently.” “I am very grateful for her personal input into all the cases her team handles on our behalf.” Local authority client
“We have a long established relationship with Donna and her team based on our trust and confidence in their ability to expertly deal with the whole range of cases we refer to them, many of which are increasingly complex.” Local Authority client
When working with Donna: “I have always felt safe and been confident that the voice of the child would always be heard while always showing total regard for the child’s parents and circumstances.” Children’s Guardian
"Donna Roberts is “vastly experienced and a skilled advocate” UK Legal 500, 2018
A "very capable lawyer whose knowledge and case management is second to none" UK Legal 500, 2017
“Whilst there are still solicitors around like her, Family Law will always be safe.” The Judiciary
"Thank you for having faith in us during these horrible times, and for restoring our faith in the system. The whole family is extremely grateful for your help and understanding and for the empathy shown to us all." The parents of a baby represented by Donna in care proceedings
“The child care team at McAlister Family Law are second to none; the team is headed up by two of the best lawyers I have worked with – Nick Hodson and Donna Roberts.” External solicitor
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