• Halina Patecka
  • Solicitor

Halina Patecka


Halina joined Johnson Astills in 2011. She has vast experience in representing children, parents, Local Authorities, adopters & other family members. She has a reputation for handling challenging complex cases and has been involved in a number of notable and reported cases.

Halina studied law at the University of Leicester and gained her degree in 1990. She completed her Finals at De Montfort University in 1991 and qualified in 1993 specialising in Childcare law.

Halina specialises in:

  • Serious non accidental injury cases such as shaken baby syndrome and factitious illness
  • Cases involving baby fatalities
  • Care and Supervision Orders
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • Secure Accommodation Orders
  • Placement Orders and Adoption
  • Adoption Breakdown
  • Revocation of Placement Orders
  • Wardship
  • Orders under the Inherent Jurisdiction
  • Human Rights issues relating to Child Care Law
  • Discharge of Care Orders and contact with a child in Care
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Arrangements for children where the child is separately represented
  • Pre-proceedings advice where Social Services are holding a Child Protection Conference or Pre-proceedings Meeting
  • Advice regarding section 20 Children Act 1989
  • Advice to family members regarding a negative assessment completed by Social Services in relation to a family member’s ability to care for a child

Professional Information

Halina is a member of the specialist Law Society Children Panel

Halina is a fluent speaker of Polish

Team: Care Team