Paul J Watson Solicitors - 116 Borough Road - Middlesbrough - TS1 2ES - T: 01642 293427

children-solicitor-middlesbrough Kinship Carers and Family Solicitors Middlesbrough 

Has the Local Authority asked you to take on care of a child relative and become a kinship carer?

Confused about the process and the different types of support and court orders available? 

Perhaps you have already been caring for a child relative for some time, but you are in financial difficulty and don’t know what support should be available from the Local Authority?

As specialist Care Solicitors, we see many kinship carers in these situations and we understand how confusing the lack of available advice and information can be.  We offer specialist support to kinship carers and we are the legal advisers for The Relative Experience Project in Teesside ( which is a support group offering help and advice for kinship carers.

 Why choose Paul J Watson Solicitors to act on kinship matters? 

  • Our experienced and dedicated team will fight your case, helping you to negotiate and mediate where possible;
  • We have two fully qualified solicitors, who have in excess of 7 years’ experience each;
  • Free initial telephone consultation with our solicitor to assess your case;
  • We are very proactive in progressing cases as quickly as possible and undertake most of our correspondence by email, considerably speeding up the process;
  • Legal Aid is still available in some Child cases and we undertake Legal Aid work;
  • Competitive rates and fixed fees are available if you cannot apply for Legal Aid.

Paul J Watson Solicitors can offer you sympathetic, constructive advice at this difficult time.  Based in Middlesbrough our Specialist Child Law Solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with cases of this type, so you can be sure that we can provide you with the knowledge and support that you need to resolve your case.

Our Family Team are all members of Resolution, and we therefore encourage settlement of cases in a non-confrontational way where at all possible.  That does not mean that we will not fight your case in court if this is needed.

Following the Government’s cuts to Legal Aid, we also offer competitive fees in Child Law Applications.  We charge an hourly rate of £175 plus VAT for the work of a fully qualified Solicitor with 7 years’ experience. Free initial consultations over the telephone are offered by our Solicitor, who will be able to assess your case and provide a fee estimate. We also offer fixed fees for attending court with you.

We have set out some frequently asked questions below, but would always advise that you seek your own independent legal advice, particularly when involved in court proceedings, even if it is suggested to you that you do not need to do so.  Taking on the care of a child relative is a serious commitment and you need to be properly informed of the implications and the best route for your individual needs.

Call us first for specialist kinship carer advice by Middlesbrough Solicitors Paul J Watson.


Our guidance documents below contain lots of helpful information and answers to the questions we are usually asked in relation to kinship care.

Read our Guides;-

kinship orders quick guide

Our Guide to Special Guardianship Orders