Specialist in Family Finance and Children Work
Arlene Small was called to the Bar in 1997, and soon after developed a keen interest in family law. She has now become a dedicated advocate in this field and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of both family finance and children matters.
She has a thriving practice which includes ancillary relief, trusts of land and appointment of trustees act claims , and children work (both public and private law) including care, emergency protection, and adoption matters at both County and High Court levels. Her private law work includes child residence and contact applications, as well as the full range of remedies for protection such as non-molestation and occupation orders, whether the client is applying for, or defending the same.
This wide range of experience enables Arlene to adopt a multi-faceted approach when assisting clients who have more than one element to their case.
She is incredibly passionate about helping her clients find the best possible solutions to their family related problems, and will often ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve this. Arlene has a robust approach to advocacy where the situation demands it, but is also able to balance that with sensitivity to the particular challenges that clients experience when going through court proceedings, as she is aware that, for many, it can be a very stressful and difficult time. Arlene works in London and the South East, but is willing to travel. She accepts legally aided, direct access and privately funded work, and is happy to undertake all levels of casework including initial applications and preparation of written advice.
Reported cases Re C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 72 Arlene represented the paternal grandmother at all substantive hearings in the lower courts including the final hearing, and as a Respondent in the leave application in the Court of Appeal.
"Could Practical Measures Reduce Adoption Delays"? - interview with Arlene which was originally published on the Current Awareness service on LexisLibrary on 13/10/11
Personal Arlene is married to Andrew, a professional musician, and they have one daughter.