The Social Care and Education Team provides specialist legal advice on all matters relating to children's social care, adult's social care and education.  The team is led by the Head of Law for Social Care and Education.  The children's social care work is led by two Assistant Heads of Law for Sutton/Merton and AFC/Wandsworth, and 5 senior lawyers, all with many years of expertise in this area.  The Adult's Social Care and Education work is led by two Assistant Heads of Law, both specialists in their area and two senior lawyers.  The team also has 5 in-house advocates who represent clients in child protection cases.

​Children Social Care

​Adult Social Care

​Education

Kam Singh

Head of Law, Social Care and Education

Kam qualified as a Solicitor in 1994. She started her career at Crawley Council as a Litigation Solicitor and then worked at Richmond, initially as an Assistant Solicitor specializing in child protection, education and adults work and then later as the Team Manager. She became a member of the Law Society's Children's Panel in 2008. Kam has led the team at SLLP since 2011.

Kam is also a Non-Executive Director for Army Cadets advising on Safeguarding issues, has previously been a Non-Executive Director at CAFCASS and Vice-chair of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

Lucy Craig 

Assistant Head of Law, Social Care and Education

Lucy started her career in law working for the Crown Prosecution Service as a caseworker and then moved to Local Government to complete her legal training at London Borough of Harrow.  She qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and initially specialized in children's social care and education law.  Lucy moved to London Borough of Merton in 2003 as Assistant Lawyer undertaking children and adult social care law and then later as Senior Lawyer mainly specializing in children's social care law. Lucy became Assistant Head of Law in 2017 and she leads the children’s social care service for Merton and Sutton

Sarah Willis

Assistant Head of Law, Social Care and Education

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1983. She started her career at the Greater London Council and has worked at London borough and at district council level before moving to Surrey County Council where she specialized in Education and Adult Social Care law as Principal Solicitor and later became team manager for a team of lawyers dealing with local government, planning, education and adult social care matters. After a career break Sarah joined Merton in 2002 and was appointed as a senior solicitor in the SLLP social care and education team when the shared service was started in 2011. Sarah became Assistant Head of Law  in 2019 and she leads the Education service.

Neeta Sharma

Assistant Head of Law, Social Care and Education

Neeta qualified as solicitor in 1993. She started her career in Local Government as a trainee solicitor at Cambridgeshire County Council. After qualifying Neeta has worked at several local authorities in London Boroughs and County Councils, where she specialized in children's social care. Neeta was the Principal Lawyer at Kingston Council from 2006-2013 leading the Social Care & Education team before joining SLLP. She became Assistant Head of Social Care & Education in January 2020 and leads the children's social care team for AFC (providing children services for boroughs of Kingston and  Richmond) and Wandsworth Council.