Profile

Yaa Dankwa is a Child Law specialist whose busy practice encompasses the spectrum of private and public law proceedings in which she acts for all parties and appears at all levels of court.  She has distinguished herself as a lawyer representing modern families. The lion’s share of her experience lies in disputes relating to Child Arrangements Orders, Contested non-molestation and Occupation order proceedings.

Yaa Dankwa is regularly instructed on behalf of parents and children (whether separately or through their Rule 16.4 Guardian) in cases where there are significant and often entrenched disputes about where children should live and how much time they should spend with a non-resident parent. She has particular experience and expertise in cases involving domestic abuse and where serious allegations of abuse (physical, sexual or emotional) and parental alienation/hostility are made. Yaa Dankwa also acts in cases with an international dimension. She has appeared in cases involving catastrophic non-accidental injury where there is complex and conflicting medical opinion.

Yaa Dankwa accepts instructions to represent clients at all stages of family law proceedings, from initial advice on merits and procedure through to contested Final Hearings and everything in between. Recent instructions have included proceedings featuring the following:

  • Applications for Child Arrangements Orders
  • Applications to vary Child Arrangements Orders
  • Contested non-molestation order against ex-partners
  • Applications to discharge an undertaking and to grant a non-molestation order
  • Applications to relocate a child outside of the jurisdiction
  • Contested non-molestation order against parents of the applicant
  • Contested non-molestation order against siblings
  • Contested Occupation Order applications
  • Applications for a court-appointed guardian
  • Advising an Appellant regarding his appeal for Child Maintenance (Child Support Appeals)
  • Fact-Finding Hearings in cases involving Non-Accidental Injury

Prior to joining the Bar, Yaa Dankwa worked as a legal advisor for the Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC). CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals. Yaa Dankwa gained her initial experience of family law and cases involving the Children Act as a result of her position with the CCLC. She now uses that experience to support her career as a specialist family law barrister.

Education

  • 2009 ~ Ghana School of Law – Admitted, Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Ghana
  • 2005 – 2007 ~ Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course
  • 2004 – 2005 ~ University of Birmingham – Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies
  • 1993 – 2003 ~ Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – BA Hons (Economics / History)

Memberships

  • Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association of England and Wales
  • Women in Family Law
  • Resolution
  • Advocate

Further Professional Information

  • Appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans on behalf of the Secretary of State
  • Responsible for reporting on Health and Safety at the Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting to the Secretary of State concerning the rights of detainees and established standards for their welfare and treatment

Languages

Twi and Ga (Ghanaian languages)

Practice Areas

Cases

E -v- R: – Successfully represented a father in his application to permanently relocate his daughter from UK to the USA. Successfully persuaded the court irrespective of the opposing opinions by the Guardian and the Expert that the child should relocate permanently to the USA with his father.

L -v- G and E: – Successfully representing the birth mother in a contested application against the non-biological mother for a Child Arrangement Order involving parental alienation.

R -v-R and R: – Successfully representing the biological mother in contested applications for Child Arrangement Order made by the non-biological mother and her parents.

P -v- P: – Successfully represented a non-resident father to bring finality to a long-drawn custody battle about how much time the child spends with the non-resident parent.