The Queen has appointed Sarah Louise Cove to be a District Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd.
Sarah Cove, who was admitted as a Solicitor in 1993 and was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2010, will be known as District Judge Cove.
As a founding partner at Miles & Partners LLP, and member of their busy family practice, Sarah won Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the family category in 2015. She is also a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and of the Association of Lawyers for Children as well as being a Resolution Accredited Specialist.
Managing Partner, Phil Walsh at Miles and Partners, said, “Everyone at Miles & Partners is immensely proud of Sarah and her achievements.
She is a first class lawyer with an absolute commitment to children’s welfare. Her ability to develop a rapport with young clients, ensuring they feel part of the proceedings along with her high standards of fairness, and mature outlook will all stand her in good stead.
We will obviously be sad to see her go at the end of June, but equally feel lucky that we have all worked with her for such a long period of time and know that she will make an excellent judge.”
Sarah said, “It is privilege to take on this post as District Judge. I’d like to thank Miles & Partners for all their support over the years, which has enabled me to secure the best possible outcomes for some of the most vulnerable young people. I’m confident that the team at Miles & Partners will continue this important work.’
The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Sarah Cove to the South Eastern Circuit, based at the Central Family Court with effect from 29 June 2016.
Miles & Partners has another finalist nominated for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year this year. Lou Crisfield, housing case worker, is a finalist in the housing category.