Shelley Workman has worked in family law since 1990 and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive via CILEX in 2018.

She is a member of Resolution and has been accredited by the Law Society Advanced Family Panel with regard to Domestic Abuse and Private Law Children Act cases.

She is an extremely experienced advocate for clients facing difficult challenges in their lives.


Shelley has been specialising in family law for over 30 years.

She has considerable experience representing victims of domestic abuse, obtaining protective court orders and warning letters for them and any related children.

Shelley acts in disputed ‘Private Law Children Act’ matters, with regards to disputes between parents, as to where their children should live and spend time, and any specific issues which are disputed between the parents.

Shelley also represents clients regarding Social Services involvement with their families, to ensure safeguarding of the children. Shelley deals with child protection matters, Public Law Outline cases and care proceedings.

Notable Family cases

  • Domestic Abuse

    Representing a victim of domestic abuse where I obtained a Non-Molestation Order for their protection. This had an impact on the Children Act proceedings where the other party was found to be guilty of domestic abuse. This enabled my client to provide a safe environment for the children.

  • Child Arrangement Order

    Representing a client with mental health issues who had her child removed from her care by the father, successfully going through the court process and obtaining defined contact arrangements for the client and her child as it was in the best interests for the child to be able to spend quality time with the mother.

  • Care Proceedings

    Representing a client where the child had suffered a non-accidental injury and findings were found against the ex-partner that they had caused such injuries. This was a complex case which resulted in the child being placed with family members, but allowed the client to have supervised time with the child until they are in a better position for the child to return to their care. This was in the best interests of the child and the client.

  • Social Services Involvement

    Successfully assisting client with regard to a Public Law Outline meeting (PLO) to ensure the child remained with the client and no further action being taken by the Local Authority.

  • Parental Alienation

    Representing clients in cases where one parent has alleged parental alienation against the other parent. Ensuring that appropriate quality time is spent with both parents.

Client Testimonials

Thank you for the work you have put into to get the best outcome! It's very much appreciated!


Thank you so much again for all your help you have been amazing.


Thanks for the above and beyond help Shelley you have been brilliant definitely recommend you to friends.


You have been amazing. It will be great to finally have that piece of paper in my hand.


Many thanks for all your support and professionalism.


I am so grateful for all the help you gave me. Thank you.


I appreciate everything you have done and will recommend Coodes to others.


I would just like to say massive thank you for all that you done for me and my children.


I would like to thank you once again for all your advice and support throughout this process. You have been fantastic!


Many thanks for all your support and professionalism.


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  • Chartered Legal Executive (2018)
  • Law Society Advanced Family Panel Accredited
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) through Safer Futures

  • Resolution

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