Special Guardianship and Adoption Solicitors

Our  adoption solicitors  specialise in domestic and international adoption and special guardianship orders helping families legally adopt children both in the UK and abroad.  The criteria for adopting vary considerably depending on the circumstances and can at times be legally complex.


Our adoption solicitors specialise in adoptions in England and Wales as well as from international destinations.

If you are considering adopting from abroad, it is a criminal offence to move a child for the purposes of adoption.  You should always seek legal advice before you take a child out of the country or bring the child into the country, with a view to adopting him/her later.

Adoption is the assumption of full legal and parental responsibility for a child.  If an adoption order is made, all ties with the birth family are cut and transferred to the adoptive family.  As a result, adoption may not always be the answer but our team can be creative and consider step-parent parental responsibility orders or special guardianship orders which may suit your situation

Special guardianship Orders

If a child is unable to live with either of its parents but adoption is not considered appropriate, a Special Guardianship Order may be the best option of securing the child’s welfare.  This gives a selected third person parental responsibility and enables them to make important decisions for the child without removing any of the parents’ rights.

If you are taking over the care of a child and need help or advice on how to obtain a Special Guardianship Order, book a free 30 minute consultation with us at one of our offices in Southampton, Poole, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Winchester and London (by appointment only).


Take a look at our Adoption FAQs or contact our legal team for further advice and support.

Meet the team

Kimberley Davies


Laura Bell

Senior Associate

Amy Trench


Dawn Gore

Associate (Senior Paralegal)

Helen Clarkson