THE family law department at Wollen Michelmore is expanding with a new appointment in order to cope with an upsurge in childcare work since the 'Baby P' case.
Natalie Pouya joins the firm after working in childcare law as a solicitor for several local authorities, and specialises in children and domestic abuse work.
"I am extremely pleased and excited to be joining Wollen Michelmore," said Natalie.
"They are a forward-thinking, progressive firm with a clear commitment to child care law. It has been a difficult period for this area of law, with many firms deciding to drop their legal aid offering. It is so good to see an excellent, local, full service law firm maintaining this area of law for the community, given the importance of instructing experienced, expert lawyers in this field.
"Wollen Michelmore has many expert and well regarded lawyers practising family law. I am excited about the prospect of working with them and being given the opportunity to add to and strengthen the firm's offering."
Natalie qualified as a solicitor in 2008 in Plymouth. She moved to Foot Anstey in Exeter in 2010, and then went to work as a solicitor for Plymouth City Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Torbay Council.
She has applied for Children Panel membership, which denotes expert status for solicitors practising in this area of law.