“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, residence and contact disputes, and proceedings in Wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court.
Her specialism in these areas is acknowledged by her membership of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme since 1996. She has been described in the UK Legal 500 as "vastly experienced”, a “skilled advocate” and a "very capable lawyer whose knowledge and case management is second to none".
Donna is a legal representative on the Local Family Justice Board and the Public Law Outline sub-group, 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 has continued to be involved in providing training for social workers.
What others say
"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
“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
“Whilst there are still solicitors around like her, Family Law will always be safe.” The Judiciary
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