Louise Desrosiers


Year of Call: 2006

Practice Group(s): Family

Portrait of Louise Desrosiers

Advocacy Trainer accredited by the Western Circuit/FLBA
Ethics and Diversity Officer

Called to the Bar 2006 (Gray's Inn)
Northumbria Law School (2005-2006) - Bar Vocational Course
Keele University (2002-2005) - LLB Law with Politics (and Geology)

Practice Profile:
Louise is a family law specialist practitioner acting and with expertise in: public law children work; private law children work including contested contact and residence disputes; injunctive proceedings involving serious domestic violence; and matrimonial finance and related proceedings.

Public Law

Louise represents local authorities, parents, and other family members in care proceedings and placement order applications. She also has experience of the following applications:

• Discharge of a care order
• Contact with children in care
• Residential assessments
• Leave to oppose the making of adoption orders
• Special Guardianship order

Private Law

Louise regularly appears on behalf of parents and other family members in private law children matters. She has experience in the following areas:

• Section 8 CA 1989 orders: child arrangement, prohibited steps and specific issue
• Domestic violence, including applications for non-molestation orders, occupation orders and transfer of tenancy and committal proceedings
• Fact-finding hearings
• Allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse
• Drug and alcohol misuse
• Mental health issues
• Enforcement applications
• Removal of child(ren) from jurisdiction

Louise has a particular interest in complex care work and family cases involving autistic children and/or parents.

Matrimonial Finance

Louise has experience with high value cases, including but not limited to: complex business or company structures; private companies and partnerships; inherited or pre-acquired wealth; concealment or dissipation of assets; enforcement; bankruptcy; and pre-nuptial and separation agreements.

Teaching Experience

• Speak up for Others, Bar Mentoring Scheme
• Schools Speaker, Future First
• LLM Module Leader, Intellectual Property and E-commerce, British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce

Louise accepts Direct Access instructions.

Notable Cases:
Representing various parties in cases where a child or adult has a diagnosis of autism, or it is suspected they have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Further Professional Information:
Louise previously worked for Royal Dutch Shell before becoming a barrister and this corporate experience helps her to understand more complex company structures in matrimonial finance cases.

Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
Member of the South Eastern Circuit

Louise enjoys music, travelling, walking and spending time with her husband and 2 children.

Family Law Focus: Autism and Child Arrangement Disputes Family Law Week

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Past regular contributor to IP Finance (http://ipfinance.blogspot.com/) which analyses financial issues for IP rights: securitisation and collateral, IP valuation for acquisition and balance sheet purposes, tax and R&D breaks, film and product finance, calculating quantum of damages - anything that happens where IP meets money.