Barbara Hopkin is one of the founding partners of Hopkin Murray Beskine and is now a director of Hopkin Murray Beskine as a limited company. She has been a solicitor for 30 years and a long term member of the specialist Children Panel.
Her expertise is primarily representing children or their parents in care proceedings brought by social services. She has worked on cases involving a range of issues from neglect, domestic violence and substance abuse to High Court issues of non-accidental injury, infant death or baby shaking syndrome.
She also acts in disputes between parents about their children, including being asked to act for children in more complex cases where they are made parties to the proceedings in their own right.
Barbara is a solicitor advocate with considerable experience at all levels of Courts from Family Proceedings Court to the High Court. She is extremely well regarded by advocates and judiciary alike and has advocated on cases even where other parties are represented by Queen’s Counsel. She regularly receives referrals of clients through the judiciary.
Barbara is particularly noted for the quality of her advocacy. One judge who recently praised her cross-examination of a witness commented, “it was relevant, to the point and pressing in an appropriate way. A model cross examination.”
Barbara is highly recommended for children and family work in the Good Lawyer Guide and in the Legal 500 Guide 2016 which describes her as “practical, deeply committed and very skilled”.
As well as working full time as a solicitor, she is an assessor for those applying to become members of the Children Panel. She devises and runs training courses for social workers and social work students for BAAF. In her capacity as executive member and press officer for the Association of Lawyers for Children, Barbara is often asked to give interviews to the media in respect of children’s issues.