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 Stradling is a Consultant Solicitor specialising in representing children and other family members in cases involving children.

Background and Expertise

Kim is particularly interested in complex care cases involving babies and children who have suffered accidents and injuries. She has experience in cases involving mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, and learning disabilities. She has experience in cases involving foreign jurisdictions.

Kim joined Ian Walker in 2017 after 27 years in a local high street practice in which she was an equity partner.

She has been a member of the Children Panel since 1999. She is also a qualified mediator and collaborative lawyer.

She is an independent panel member and Vice Chair for The Fostering Foundation and regularly sits on panels to approve potential and appraise current foster carers.

When she joined us in 2017 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.”

Spare Time

“In my spare time I like to potter in my garden, which was renovated during the pandemic. I enjoy live music and attend gigs when I can.”

In 2021 she walked from John O’Groats to Land’s End virtually and is very proud of the medal to prove that she actually did it. Since then, she has kept up with her walking and walks for an hour most days, work commitments and weather permitting.

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.

Titles

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.