Malek Wan Daud specialises in the law relating to children representing all parties in care proceedings, deprivation of liberty, secure accommodation, adoption (both domestic and international), forced marriage and FGM.
Malek specialises in the law relating to children, in particular representing all parties in care proceedings, deprivation of liberty, secure accommodation, adoption (both domestic and international), forced marriage and FGM. He also represents r16.4 Guardians in private law cases. A large proportion of his work is appellate work.
Malek regularly represents parties in cases involving serious non-accidental injuries, sex abuse, physical abuse, as well as neglect. He has a particular interest in representing families (parents and children) that are overrepresented in the care system such as ethnic minority families, travelling families, those with disabilities and those with uncertain immigration status.
Over the years, Malek has developed a practice of representing children who have separated from their Children's Guardians and other very troubled young people, including teenage mums. His skills lay in very thorough preparation and a forensic, analytical approach to complex facts, evidence and the relevant law. This enables him to carefully weigh the need for experts in cases and to identify the need of particular expertise required for both fact-finding and the welfare planning for children's long-term future.
Malek prides himself in managing the fine balance between empathising with vulnerable clients and maintaining a professional distance, enabling him to be dispassionate and thorough, without tragic circumstances clouding his focus on the principal matters of the case.
He is approachable and friendly, putting nervous clients at ease. Malek’s easy-going nature, however, does not compromise his ability to provide realistic and straightforward, yet robust and practical, legal advice.
It is imperative, in his view, to maintain compassion for the humanity of individuals involved in cases that come before the Courts without losing sight of the need to cross-examine and forensically test the evidence.
Malek is eligible to take work from members of the public on a Public Access basis.