Kim Stradling - About Me

Kim Stradling
Partner and Consultant Solicitor - Member Law Society Children Panel - Leading Child Law Expert Rate per hour £250 + VAT

Kim is one of the leading Child Law specialist Solicitors in the South West.

Kim qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1999.

Kim regularly represents the child through their Children’s Guardian. She also acts as agent solicitor for Devon County Council (if their in house legal team is at capacity)

Kim has particular expertise in complex Care Proceedings involving suspected non-accidental injuries, and multi-disciplinary medical evidence and over the years she has seen many cases progress through the Family Courts and to the Court of Appeal.

Kim is also our surrogacy expert.

In 2014 Kim was the winner of The Lawyer Monthly – Family and Succession Lawyer of the Year Award and has been recognised by the Legal 500 in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Kim’s expertise also includes qualifying as a Mediator in 1998 and as a Collaborative Family Lawyer in 2007. In 2011 Kim qualified as a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Private Law Children and Advocacy, and in 2012 added the Domestic Abuse specialism.

Kim is also a member of Resolution, the Association of Lawyers for Children and the National Association for Guardians Ad-litem and Reporting Officers.

Kim joined us from Devon Solicitors Everys where she was a partner and head of Family Law

A testimonial from an experienced Children’s Guardian

An experienced Children’s Guardian says of Kim:

I’ve known Kim for about 20 years. I first met her when I was a social worker.

I have instructed Kim in my role as children’s guardian for 14 years.

Kim is a pleasure to work with ,level headed with a great sense of humour. She is reliable, fully committed to her job and very competent.

Kim is realistic, practical and gives good sound advice. She is good at interacting with the children we visit.

Why Kim joined us

When Kim joined us in 2016 she said:

The legal climate is changing. Firms that used to pride themselves on providing a broad spectrum of legal services, including legal aid, are moving away from it.

Ian Walker is different; he is committed to access to justice and to filling the holes that others are leaving behind. Ian is offering a full family service to whoever needs advice or mediation, and (through Legal Aid) whatever their ability to pay.

His vision matches my ethos.

I have known Ian for a long time and I am really excited to be joining his team.

About Kim

Kim is a talented musician including playing guitar and drums and has played at the Sidmouth Folk Festival

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Our business is a limited company no. 8178217. It run by its directors and is owned by its shareholders. We use the titles, Partner and Associate as marketing styles. We use the title Partner for our most senior lawyers (both employed and consultant) who have mostly been partners in law practices which operate using the partnership model. We use the title Associate to refer to our experienced lawyers (both employed and consultant), who are working toward partner designation. We hope that using these styles will assist potential clients to compare the breadth of experience in our team, in comparison to other legal practices.