Tara Deslandes

Family Law Solicitor

Tara has been working in the area of children and family law since 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

Tara undertook her undergraduate degree in Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology at the University of Westminster in the West End. Tara was awarded a 1st Class mark for her dissertation “Criminal Justice & Police Bill and Human Rights” and won the award for “Best Undergraduate Dissertation in the area of Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology” in 2001.

Tara then went on to undertake the Post Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Holborn.

Tara has been a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel since 2012, demonstrating her expertise in the area of family law. Tara was successfully re-accredited to the panel in September 2017.

Tara has expertise in representing clients from a range of backgrounds in relation to a wide range of family matters including:

  • Divorce and financial settlements
  • Pre-nuptial / civil partnership agreements
  • Post-nuptial / civil partnership agreements
  • Cohabitant Land Dispute Procedure
  • Child arrangements
  • Child Maintenance
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Relocation cases
  • Domestic abuse
  • Special Guardianship
  • Change of Name
  • Forced Marriage

Tara has also extensive expertise in children matters, she has dealt with the following issues:

  • Disputes between parents
  • Child Arrangements Order – who a child lives with and how much time they spend with the other parent (previously known as custody/residence and access/contact)
  • Shared Parenting Agreements
  • Prohibited steps orders: preventing a parent from doing something
  • Disputes about taking a child away for foreign travel/holidays
  • Specific issue orders – requiring someone to do something (e.g. in relation to a child’s education or religious upbringing)
  • Parental responsibility – legal rights and restricting those rights
  • Parental Responsibility Agreements
  • Grandparent’s rights
  • Change of name
  • Moving abroad: children moving abroad or to another area of the country (international or national relocation)
  • Financial provision for children and child maintenance

Notable case: A (A Child) [2006] EWHC 3338 (Fam) Wardship – Inherent Jurisdiction.

In this case, Tara acted for the mother as the instructed solicitor in a Wardship application. The Final Hearing was heard by the then President of the Family Division, Sir Mark Potter. The Mother applied for Wardship of her son who was living in Iraq with his father. The case turned on whether the son was habitually resident in the UK and therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the family courts. In this judgment The President reviewed the relevant authorities on habitual residence before concluding that the child was not habitually resident here despite his sympathies for the mother.


Atlas Law Solicitors
23 Austin Friars | London | EC2N 2QP
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