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Maud Davis

Associate

Family and Matrimonial

Maud is an associate in our Family and Matrimonial team. She specialises in children law, representing children in complex care cases. She is an experienced advocate and deals with hearings at all levels, including the Court of Appeal.
 

She specialises in children law, representing children in complex care cases. She is an experienced advocate and deals with hearings at all levels, including the Court of Appeal.

Maud is also regularly invited to join research advisory groups, and has worked on research on the anonymisation of published judgments (led by Dr Julia Brophy), and recurrent care proceedings (led by Prof Karen Broadhurst).

Education and career
  • Maud qualified as a solicitor in 1990
  • She has been Law Society accredited as a specialist in children law since 1996, and is a higher courts advocate
  • She joined Bindmans in 2020, after almost 20 years as a partner in other firms 
Experience

Maud deals with complex children cases, and conducts the advocacy in her own and colleagues’ cases. Reported cases include:

  • Williams & Anor v London Borough of Hackney (Rev 1) [2018] UKSC 37 (18 July 2018) – acted for the Association of Lawyers for Children as intervener in a leading case that clarified the use of voluntary accommodation of children by local authorities under s20 Children Act 1989 
  • P (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 1483 (28 June 2018) – acted for and represented  the child in the Court of Appeal 
Recognition

Legal Directories

Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Maud is ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ in Children: Public Law Matters.
Legal 500 2023
  • Maud is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Family.
  • “Maud Davis – is an associate within Bindmans – she is fair, articulate and well prepared as an advocate – committed to child care work and has an extremely even approach to the work and will research and follow up on advice provided. She is skilled at working with children’s guardians.”
Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Maud is ranked as Band 1 in Children: Public Law Matters. Feedback describes her as “incredibly dedicated to her work and goes above and beyond to ensure the child’s voice is heard in cases.”
  • “Maud Davis provides comprehensive legal advice and high-quality advocacy in complex matters.”
  • “She’s encyclopaedic in her knowledge of the law, and ensures guardians and children are well represented in her advocacy.”
Legal 500 2022
  • Maud is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Family. Feedback describes her as “dedicated, committed and accesses information to support cases in relation to my role as a children’s guardian. She is a remarkable advocate, effective at liaising with other parties in cases and keeping her focus on the child within the context of the law – and ensuring that the child’s voice is effectively heard in public law proceedings”.
  • “Maud Davis is hugely experienced and a first choice for many guardians.”
Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Maud is ranked as Band 1 in Children: Public Law Matters – London (Firms)
  • Sources speak highly of Maud Davis’s knowledge of public law matters. Renowned for her expert children practice and longstanding public law experience, she is regularly at the forefront of safeguarding matters, as well as handling complex human rights issues.
  • “She’s a really good solicitor advocate. She’s very good with children and their welfare is paramount, so you don’t get caught up in the battle, but focus on the child.” “She is seen as a go-to solicitor for guardians and takes on high-profile cases.”
Legal 500 2021
  • Maud Davis is listed as a ‘key lawyer’ in the 2021 guide
  • Maud Davis is an extremely experienced solicitor advocate

Shortlisted for legal commentator of the year LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2018

Legal Aid Practitioner Group’s Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2014

Professional memberships
  • The Family Justice Council
  • Co-chair of the Interdisciplinary Alliance for Children
  • Honorary life vice president (and a past co-chair) of the Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Resolution
  • The Solicitors Association of Higher Courts Advocates
  • The International Bar Association