Social welfare

Graeme Bentley

Solicitor and Team Leader (Acting) Social Services Team (West Kent)

Telephone: 03000 41 58 43



  • LLB (Hons) 1983
  • Member of the Children Panel since 1994

Areas of practice

  • Childcare
  • Adoption
  • Training
  • Presentations


Graeme was educated at the University of Leeds and joined Kent Legal Services as a senior solicitor in January 2010 after 25 years in private practice in Gravesend and Medway. He has, throughout that time, practised in family law and has been an accredited specialist in children law since 1994. He was involved in the leading case of Re B (Children) [2008] UKHL 35; [2008] 2 FLR 141.

Graeme was a partner in a leading practice in North Kent for 17 years and has regularly appeared as an advocate in interim and final hearings in care and other family cases. He now generally deals with more complex cases involving child care or adoption, providing management, support and advocacy for more junior colleagues.

Graeme also devises and presents a range of training programmes designed for both social work and legal teams, including in pre proceedings procedures, the PLO, report writing and court skills.

Graeme's approach is intended to reflect a professional but approachable style, with good client communication at the forefront; a strategy essential to good client relations and to advocacy that may secure the desired result for the client.

The team

Gabriela Alexandru - Legal Assistant

Lauren Baker - Solicitor

Charlotte Bates - Legal Assistant

Michelle Brown - Solicitor

Joanna Burt - Barrister

Mandy Debono - Senior Legal Assistant

Jayne Evans - Legal Assistant

Samantha Field - Legal Assistant

Natasha French - Legal Assistant

Donna Frost - Solicitor

Naila Hussain - Solicitor

Nasim Ismail - Solicitor

Akiko Jones - Solicitor

Sally Kirton - Legal Assistant

Katherine Lewis - Barrister

Helen Osborn - Solicitor

Noelle McGowan - Solicitor

Julia Paige - Solicitor

Catherine Peckham - Legal Assistant

Suzannah Rich - Legal Assistant

Penelope Robinson - Barrister

Laura Siggins - Solicitor

Hannah Simpson - Solicitor

Laura Spicer - Solicitor

Julia Sweeting - Principal Legal Assistant

Natasha Tanton - Solicitor

Jenny Usher - Solicitor

Nicholas Vale - Legal Assistant

Ling Yip - New Zealand Qualified Solicitor

Claire Bates - Solicitor

Matthew Smeeth - Legal Assistant

Joseph Murphy - Legal Assistant

Elisabeth Perry - Legal Assistant

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