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Joint Head of the Family Department
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Recent and notable cases
Spain contempt successfully defended by Amanda Dench
In the Matter of an application by Her Majesty’s Solicitor General for the committal to prison of Jennifer Marie Jones for alleged contempt of court  EWHC 2579 (Fam) Amanda Dench successfully defended an application heard by the President of ...
Return of child to Iran blocked
M (A Child) (Wardship) Amanda Dench successfully defended proceedings issued by an Iranian father for the return of a child to the UAE. The family had lived together in Dubai where the parents’ marriage had broken down. The father refused ...
Reconcilation in Turkey
C (A Child)  EWCA Civ 204 Amanda Dench represented a left-behind father in Turkey whose daughter had been brought to the UK by her mother without his consent. The mother initially agreed to a return, and then sought to ...
Qualified as a solicitor
Founded Miles & Partners
Became joint head of the family department
Approach and ethos
I am committed to my clients and to leaving no stone unturned in helping them achieve the best possible outcome in their cases. I appreciate the need to deal with cases sensitively and often extremely urgently. I believe all members of the public should be able to achieve access to justice and I have a commitment to legal aid.
What clients say
“Thank you Amanda for the phenomenal support and how you’ve looked after us with care and insight into our family’s situation throughout the course of our court case and took care of the the stress it caused in our lives.
Thank for your wisdom, expert legal knowledge and your benevolent attitude, you continued to help me despite the uncertainty around the grant of legal aid.
We feel relieved it’s over now. I’m so grateful to my creator for sending you into our lives to sort the mess we were in.”
Anonymous family law client
“I am very happy with the outcome and that has given me a lot of security… All of you, especially Amanda and Mary, gave me a lot of confidence and great advice. That allowed me to stay calm even when it was stressful. I am certain no other solicitor team would have done it better.
I wish I were a poet to find the proper words for expressing my gratitude to you all. Not only for the outcome, but also for everything else I learned. I can only say thank you so much from the deep of my heart! I also write it in Spanish since it will be more natural: gracias infinitas desde el fondo de mi corazón!”
“Miles and Partners stand out in their field as they show real interest and empathy for their clients. This is so refreshing in a world where everyone is in such a hurry, time is money and often members of the legal profession find it so difficult to communicate in an accessible way.
The communication and assistance Miles & Partners offer is without exception, exemplary. Amanda and her colleagues will talk to the client (not at them or around them or to those supporting them) in an environment of their choice and will often travel to their homes.
Should a Barrister be required Miles and Partners source those who are able to spend the time to explain in simple accessible ways what is happening and what the client may expect.
Our clients require lots of time and reassurance. Amanda has the skill to be able to put people who are worried, frightened, not understanding processes or simply what is being said at ease. She has never made any of our clients feel different or that she does not have the time to speak to them.
Miles & Partners encourage the input of advocates and those who know the clients well to inform them and help to build working relationships. Miles and Partners will ensure that all the rights of our clients are observed, they will push for appropriate assessments by people with experience of people with learning disabilities. They will ensure appropriate time is given to allow for these assessments and that the clients fully understand what is happening and why. Their approach is consistent, reinforcing information and advice and always checking ‘did you understand that’.
People with learning disabilities often lack the support so they can continue to parent, Miles & Partners put the parent at the heart of the proceedings, highlighting the necessity for timely and appropriate support. Miles and Partners offer exceptional client care.”
LA, Crisis Support Officer, Learning Disability Experience
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