Kerry Kelso


Kerry is an expert in public and private children law matters and is head of the family team at our Wallsend Office.

Kerry Kelso, Senior Associate
Specialises in:
Public Law Children, Private Law Children, Domestic Abuse
Wallsend office
0191 262 8231


  • Kerry has been on the Law Society Children panel since 2013 and is regularly instructed to act for children and the Children’s Guardian appointed by Cafcass
  • Kerry also acts for parents and other family members when social services have intervened alleging there are safeguarding concerns
  • Kerry represents parents and other family members in private disputes regarding children.
  • Kerry has been involved in cases involving an international element, risk of forced marriage, risk of Female Genital Mutilation, allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, chronic neglect and domestic violence
  • Kerry also deals with Non-molestation and occupation Order applications
  • Some of Kerry’s clients have severe mental health issues and substance misuse issues to contend with
  • Kerry and her team work very closely with many charities and will refer clients to a variety of different organisations in the hope clients are able to improve their lives and improve their family situation

Outside of the office
Kerry has three children and enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends. Kerry regular attends music festivals and concerts. She has a dog called Biffy and her favourite musical is Miss Saigon.

Thanks for all your help Kerry. I am not an easy person to work with. You have been so supportive and went above and beyond for me my child, I will be forever grateful for all your help and support you have giving us both to help keep my child and myself safe. For the first time as a parent I can look to a brighter and happier future.


I just want to thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my family. Not only are you a brilliant solicitor, but as a human being you were one of the nicest people I have ever met. You did not know, but sometimes even just small things you said in support mattered so much to me. You would tell me about your own family and daughter and made everything so warm and friendly and I could relate to you.

I don't know any other solicitor who would reply to my emails on weekends and nights straight away !

You gave me so much confidence to be brave and fight for my children. Thank you Kerry.

I can never thank you enough. From the bottom of my heart.


Thank you for all your help, I couldn’t have got through the hard times I have without you.


Thank you for all of your skilled professionalism, deft negotiation and support during this case. You are a star! Thank you again.


Thank you for all of your help and support securing a stable future for me and my boys.


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