Care Proceedings Specialist appointed Director at Calderdale Law Firm

Published 9th Apr 2021 by Emma Sinfield

West Yorkshire law firm Wilkinson Woodward has announced the promotion of Children and Care Proceedings specialist Shelley McLachlan to director.

Shelley joined Wilkinson Woodward 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.

Ms McLachlan 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 and bred in Huddersfield, Shelley is a member of Huddersfield law Society and she is based at Wilkinson Woodward’s offices in central Huddersfield. Commenting on her appointment, she said,

“Wilkinson Woodward is a highly trusted legal practice which has been trading in the area for 130 years. I am looking forward to joining my fellow directors in developing our plans for the future.”

Announcing the news, Wilkinson Woodward’s 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 Calderdale and Kirklees.”

From their offices in Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse, Wilkinson Woodward provide a full range of legal services including conveyancing, employment law, personal injury, commercial law, wills and probate, criminal representation, care proceedings, family law and family mediation. For more information contact the Huddersfield office on 01484 483 800 or visit


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