Sheila is a managing partner of Philcox Gray and joint head of the Family team, with Beverley King. She specialises in complex care cases, particularly where children require separate representation, including cases involving adjudication on specific medical treatments. She also specialises in adoptions that are opposed or have an international element, private law children cases where parents are in high or long-term conflict regarding their children, and judicial review proceedings. She has Higher Rights of Audience to act as an advocate in all the higher courts. She is trained as a mediator and has experience of mediation in all issues, including children and finance, and has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1995. Immediately before becoming a solicitor she lived in Spain, and speaks Spanish.
Sheila qualified in 1992 and joined Philcox Gray the same year; she and Beverley King took over the practice in 1997, since when the firm has grown to its current size of 25 staff. Sheila graduated from the London School of Economics, then worked for organisations providing services for disadvantaged children. She carried out research for charities and agencies on childhood deprivation and marginalisation. Through this experience she developed a particular interest in the rights of children and young people. Over the years Sheila has had a number of reported cases involving different aspects of Child Law.
Sheila is Philcox Gray’s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration, responsible for the financial management of the firm. She also provides training in family law for students at London South Bank University Legal Advice Clinic and advises pro bono there.