Garden Court Chambers has welcomed Lorna Cservenka to its Family team, referring to Cservenka as an “outstanding” family advocate.
She specialises in public and private family law cases involving “substantial” allegations of abuse, and handles children proceedings, particularly complex care proceedings, with a “significant” proportion of her work coming from Children’s Guardians or parents accused by social services of abuse.
She was first called to the Bar in 2021, but was a solicitor for 23 years before joining. She previously specialised in family law and particularly public family law cases and private law cases involving substantial allegations of abuse.
Cservenka was also an accredited Law Society Children Panel solicitor, an accreditation that “recognised her skill in representing children and young people”.
In 2011 she won the prestigious Legal Aid Practitioner’s Group Family Law Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. The award was given in recognition of her work representing the mother in care proceedings involving the first challenge to alcohol hair strand testing evidence. The case set the guidelines for how hair strand tests should be conducted.
Now, Cservenka regularly represents vulnerable clients who have a learning disability, mental health issues and substance misuse issues. She is also experienced in representing clients seeking to be joined as a party to care proceedings seeking child arrangements orders, special guardianship orders, or adoption orders.
She also has experience representing children via their Children’s Guardian under r16.4 Children Act 1989, in private family law cases, in fact-finding hearings and contested final hearings. She is experienced in special guardianship and adoption applications.
In addition, Cservenka is instructed in private law children cases involving contact and residence applications including fact-finding hearings and contested final hearings where there are serious allegations of physical, sexual abuse or domestic abuse, parental alienation and cases involving applications to remove children permanently from the UK.
She is also instructed in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders in cases involving serious physical and psychological harm and coercive control, and has experience in cases involving Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders.