Olamide specialises in family law with an emphasis on all areas that relate to children in public and private law matters.
Olamide accepts instructions from the public as a member of the Public Access Scheme.
Olamide is a compassionate family law advocate and has experience representing parents who are vulnerable due to learning disabilities or their mental health. She has experience in cases where there has been a need for intermediaries and representing parties where English is not their first language.
Care and adoption proceedings
Olamide’s practice involves care proceedings under the Children Act 1989 and adoption proceedings under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. She provides representation from initial application through to multi-day fact-finding and final hearings where parents are facing allegations of unreasonable chastisement, neglect, abuse, non-accidental injury; or where there are concerns about a parent’s mental health and drug/alcohol use. She has represented clients where paternity has been called into question and any subsequent applications to declare their parentage.
Olamide has represented parents seeking leave to oppose the adoption and at fully contested hearings where they have successfully obtained leave to oppose the making of adoption orders. She also has experience with applications for secure accommodation.
Olamide has spent some time in-house at a local authority, giving her in-depth knowledge of the workings of children's services and informing her representation of parents.
Private children’s law
Olamide is instructed in cases where there are disputes about where children should live and how much contact they should have with a non-resident parent, prohibited steps and specific issue orders.
She provides representation in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and where there is a need to appoint an r16.4 Guardian. In a recent case, Olamide successfully sought a barring order preventing a party from making any further applications in respect of contact until the child attains the age of 16 pursuant to section 91(14) of the Children’s Act 1989.
Olamide regularly represents clients in Family Law Act 1996 proceedings, including matters involving allegations of serious domestic abuse. She has experience in seeking or responding to applications for non- molestation orders and occupation orders through to fact-finding hearings and fully contested final hearings.
Champion of Justice Award, London Legal Support Trust; 2014
Blackstone’s Entrance Exhibition Scholar, Middle Temple; 2003
- The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
- Black Barristers Network (Committee Member)
- Family Law Bar Association
- Women in Family Law
- Yoruba, a Nigerian dialect (Conversational)
- French (Conversational)