Tricia Lawlor

Senior Legal Assistant

About Tricia Lawlor

I am a Senior Legal Assistant within the Community Care group with over 30 years of experience.

My areas of expertise in local authority community care include judicial review challenges, no recourse to public funds, unaccompanied child asylum seekers and leaving care.

I hold a substantial caseload and have many years of specialist practice, directly advising the Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Assistant Directors and Heads of Service in all aspects of local authority duties and law relating to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and no recourse to public funds families.

I have experience of effectively defending pre-action and judicial review challenges to local authority decisions, conducting legal matters efficiently, advising and instructing senior counsel in High Court and Upper Tribunal hearings and providing proactive legal assistance to the practice group.

I have been involved in several notable cases, including A v LB of Croydon & Secretary of State for Home Department (Interested Party);  WK v Secretary of State for Home Department & Kent CC [2009] EWHC 939 (Admin) – a landmark High Court judgment given to provide guidance on the significance and role of a paediatrician’s evidence in an age assessment.

I have also successfully defended a number of judicial review challenges on age assessments and care provision to UASC

Areas of expertise

  • Judicial Review Challenges
  • No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
  • Leaving Care
Tricia knows how important it is to identify issues from the outset and address them early on to save clients time, money and further legal problems later down the line.

I know how important it is to identify issues from the outset and address them early on to save our clients time, money and further legal problems later down the line.


Client testimonials

“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
Planning & Highways Client
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
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