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Mary Robertson

Call 2005
Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email mary.robertson@42br.com

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Public Law (Children)

Mary has for many years specialized in Child Protection law and has built up a wealth of court experience particularly in the area of Care law. She has appeared at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal, and has dealt with complex cases of neglect, abuse, factitious illness, child trafficking and domestic violence. She is adept at dealing with cases involving drug or alcohol addition and has a particular strength in representing clients with mental health and learning difficulties.

Judge of the Mental Health Tribunal

Mary sits as a part-time Judge on the Mental Health jurisdiction of the Health, Social Care and Mental Health First Tier Tribunal.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

She has recently been appointed as one of the counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which she undertakes in addition to her normal work. She is currently involved in the Residential Schools inquiry.

Regulatory and Disciplinary

In addition, Mary sits as a Arbitrator on the panel of Sport Resolutions, the independent dispute resolution service for sport in the UK. Sport Resolutions deals with issues such as doping, transgender issues and child safeguarding.  

Recent cases

Mary has recently represented a mother with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, successfully obtaining an order for the child to remain in the care of the mother at home notwithstanding the diagnosis.

In another case, Mary represented a father who had seriously injured his baby. Mary obtained specialist advice which showed that this had resulted from the father’s previously undiagnosed autism, and that once that was understood, the risk could be properly managed at home. Again, the child was able to remain with the family.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • BD, King’s College London (1990)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (2004) – Commendation
  • BVC – Inns of Court School of Law (2005) – Outstanding

Scholarships and Awards

  • Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn 2005
  • Lord Denning Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn 2004
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn 2003

Memberships

  • The Denning Society
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • FLBA

Publications

  • Dod’s Handbook of House of Lords Procedure 1st and 2nd editions 2004 and 2005
  • Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice 23rd Edition, 2004 – Lord’s Editor
  • Halsbury’s Laws of England, Parliament Volume, 1997 reissue – contributor
  • Companion to the Standing Orders of the House of Lords 1994 – editor

Other information

  • She is a Trustee of Mosaic Clubhouse, a charity based in Brixton, which supports and assists people challenged by mental ill-health to obtain and keep real, productive employment, so aiding their recovery.

  • Mary is married with two children. When time permits, she escapes to the north of Scotland where her only neighbours are cows and sheep.

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