Malek Wan Daud specialises in the law relating to children, in particular representing all parties in public law proceedings including, care, supervision, secure accommodation and adoption. He has been instructed by the Official Solicitor on numerous occasions and also by NYAS.
Malek specialises in the law relating to children, in particular representing all parties in public law proceedings including, care, supervision, secure accommodation and adoption. He has been instructed by the Official Solicitor on numerous occasions and also by NYAS. He has also represented r16.4 Guardians in private law cases. A large proportion of his work is in the High Court.
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 over represented 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 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 very fine balance between empathising with vulnerable and needy clients and maintaining a professional distance, therefore enabling him to be dispassionate and thorough without the tragic circumstances of the case clouding the issues. He is approachable and friendly and is able to put very nervous and frightened clients at their ease. This, however, does not compromise his ability to give realistic and often very harsh but robust and practical legal advice. It is imperative in his view to remember the humanity of the 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.
Malek was appointed to the Family Justice Council (FJC) in 2011. He is committed to the work of the FJC namely to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice and to monitor the system. He is the Secretary of the Family Law Bar Association.
Training and Seminars
Malek has provided training to professionals involved in child care litigation including solicitors, social workers and Guardians.
- Family Law Bar Association
- Association of Lawyers for Children
- Malay (fluent written and spoken)