12:00 AM 12th January 2024
Switalskis Reinforces Its Child Care Presence
(L-R) Ellie Messenger, Ruth Coneron (director and head of child care law team), Katie Wiggett, Jennifer Heckingbottom (child care law director), Sana Mahmood and Gabrielle Richardson.
Switalskis has boosted its child care team with two appointments and two promotions from within the team.
Switalskis’ child care team supports children, parents, family members and carers of children in legal proceedings. It welcomes solicitor Gabrielle Richardson and CILEX Katie Wiggett and promotes Sana Mahmood and Ellie Messenger to become graduate apprentices. The new appointments take Switalskis’ child care team headcount up to 21 people.
Gabrielle Richardson joins Switalskis as a newly qualified solicitor, based in its Leeds office. Gabrielle will work closely with parents who require representation in care proceedings. Her ambition is to further develop her career in childcare law and to become a children’s panel member.
Katie Wiggett will be part of Switalskis’ South Yorkshire child care team, based in the firm’s Sheffield office. Katie is experienced in childcare and family proceedings and is well established and respected amongst her peers in the Sheffield courts. A CILEX-qualified lawyer, Katie specialised in child care during her qualification, providing her with extensive knowledge and experience in this area of law.
Switalskis also announced the promotion of Sana Mahmood and Ellie Messenger who become graduate apprentices, promoted from Switalskis’ care paralegal team.
Sana joined Switalskis’ care team as a paralegal in 2022. Alongside her professional career, Sana has actively engaged in community and national based projects. This includes involvement in the Cerebra Pro Bono Research Programme which helps benefit the lives of disabled children and their families. She has also presented a paper to the Prime Minister’s special advisor about the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community.