Josephine de Souza 1992
  • Areas of Expertise

    Divorce and Ancillary Relief
    Adoption
    Children Act both
    Public and Private Law
    Immigration / Nationality and Asylum
    Mental health
    Licensing
    Non-Molestation & Occupation
    Emergency Protection, Care & Secure Accomadation Orders
    Matrimonal & Family

  • Education

    BVC (ICSL), LL.B Hons, LL.M (Hon)
    Admitted to the Grenada Bar
    Member of Family Law Bar Association
    Member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship
    Direct Public Access Barrister
    Authorised by the Bar of England and Wales to Administer Oaths
    Lincoln’s Inn Sponsorship Scheme
    London Borough of Ealing; Practitioner, Community Advice Programme (CAP) 20 years
    Senior Legal Adviser, Ealing Equality Council
    London Borough of Ealing, key Executive Committee member and Trustee.

  • Contact Details

    020 7404 0875
    020 7404 8377

Josephine was called to the Bar in 1992 by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
She immediately developed a keen interest in family and child law, capitalising on a variety of professional and practical experience and expertise previously gained from her varied backgrounds in health and education, where she held senior positions. She has practised in the Criminal Jurisdiction appearing at magistrates and crown court levels and Junior counsel in the case of R v Clarke and others and R v Geen.

A committed, hardworking and dedicated advocate with a wide-ranging practice and a wealth of experience in all aspects of family and children law matters, both private and public including; care proceedings, emergency protection and adoption: in some such lengthy care proceedings, successfully obtained the return of children from local authority care to the parents and grandparents.

Her private law work includes residence and spending time with parents, specific issue and prohibited steps applications, (currently Child Arrangements Order), permission for removal from the jurisdiction of England and Wales, at all level of the Courts. A busy practitioner, her range of experience and skills are employed advantageously in the enhancement of her professional practice. This enables her to adopt a discerning, multi-faceted approach, to professional practice, tailored to the needs of each client.

Josephine has a hands-on, practical, robust and realistic approach to her work, tempered with sensitivity. She is committed to ensuring her clients achieve the best possible outcome/solution to their family issues. She has had repeated success in obtaining Children Act Orders.

Lay clients are quickly made to feel at ease from the outset. She engages a high degree of sensitivity and emotive skills, and is fully aware that involvement in any Court proceedings can be challenging, stressful and uncertain, particularly for those who have never experienced the legal system. She is dedicated to ensuring the achievement of justice and fairness for all her clients. Often complimented for having a keen eye for detail and meticulous in preparation of her cases.

She works in London and the South East, but is willing to travel. She accepts publicly funded, direct access and privately funded work.

Josephine’s work involves regular and successful appearances at all levels of the Courts, including; magistrate court, family proceedings court, county court, high court and Immigration Tribunal.

Reported cases:

Gairy v the Attorney General of Grenada (2001); Privy Council
R v Clarke and others 2006
R v Geen (2005) Initially Junior counsel

Publications
Co- Author Health and Social Care Intermediate (Harper Collins)
Co-Author Health Social Care Advanced (Harper Collins)

Josephine’s clients express satisfaction with her representations with testimonials to that effect:

“Please extend our profound thanks to Ms de Souza for the excellent service provided throughout a very difficult 3 days in Court (PRFD) with our client ……. We are grateful to Counsel for her patience and understanding when our client was feeling most despondent” Letter to Chambers from Instructing Solicitors, following hearing in September 2001.

“Outstanding Lawyer, money well spent; clients very happy” comments from instructing solicitor 2014.

“I really appreciate what you’ve done for me today; irrespective of the outcome, I know you have done your very best, I could not desire better. “ following Immigration hearing, May 2015;

“I wish I had met you earlier.” Client’s comment following Ancillary Relief hearing August 2015.

“You have given me confidence and such good advice I was able to successfully reach a very reasonable settlement. I could not have achieved this without your assistance” Client’s comment following financial remedy mediation hearing, November 2014.

“Counsel de Souza did an excellent job, I am very happy with the outcome” Client’s comment following child arrangements order August 2015.