Huddersfield law firm Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe and Co has announced the promotion of Children and Care Proceedings specialist Shelley McLachlan to director.

Shelley joined the firm in 2014 after achieving a First-Class Law Degree followed by a Master’s in Law and Practice. In 2016 Ms McLachlan qualified as a solicitor and in 2019 she was appointed as a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, whose members are qualified to represent children within private family law and care proceedings.

Shelley is a familiar face in the Courts in Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, providing representation in cases where the local authority is involved in family life, including care proceedings and adoption, as well as representing children in private family law proceedings.

Born in Huddersfield Shelley said, “Wilkinson Woodward is a highly trusted legal practice and I am looking forward to joining my fellow directors in developing our plans for the future.”

Announcing the news, managing director Maureen Cawthorn said, “Shelley’s experience and skills as a lawyer are an important asset to us and we are delighted that she will continue to play an important role in our ongoing plans to expand in Kirklees and Calderdale.”