Jayne Acton

Call 1996


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Local Government & Social Housing

Jayne’s practice includes private and public law instructions on behalf of local authorities, parents and children with a particular emphasis on non-accidental injury.

Jayne has extensive experience of children matters with a range of complexities including care proceedings, post-placement applications, child arrangements, jurisdiction disputes and international adoptions.  Jayne undertakes applications for financial remedies together with related matters such as forced marriage/nullity and child support.

She is recognised for her sympathetic client manner with a grounded approach that enables her to deal with complex issues with a clear sense of direction.


Re A (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 1611 – Established that courts have no jurisdiction to impose preconditions as to the nature of adopters with whom a local authority might place a child.

Re C (unreported) – Concerning the local authority’s duties in respect of a child’s religious upbringing in its long-term care.

Re W (unreported) – A finding of fact hearing in respect of catastrophic shaking injuries to a baby.

Re H (unreported) – A finding of fact hearing concerning death of a child involving multiple expert witnesses.

Re D (unreported) – An application by a local authority to invoke the inherent jurisdiction to revoke an adoption order.

Re N (unreported) – A private law case concerning an application for contact involving complex jurisdictional issues.

Re M (unreported) – Allegations of factitious illness by a mother.