Max Konarek is the Head of Boys & Maughan’s Child Care / Child Protection Team and deals solely with Child Care and Family Law matters. He is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and recognised as a “Recommended Lawyer” in the Legal 500.
Max has represented clients in cases all over the country and is able to take on new cases nationwide, wherever the case may be heard, or wherever the client may be based. Max has also represented many clients that are based overseas, but whom are involved in cases being heard in England and Wales.
Max has a speciality in dealing with cases involving the most complex of legal issues, and in doing so has worked closely with some of the best legal minds in the country in both the Court of Appeal and High Court. These cases have focused on various areas including:
- The death of a child;
- Non-accidental head injuries (NAHI);
- Shaken Baby allegations;
- Genetic disorders that mimic child abuse;
- Other non-accidental injuries (NAI) including fractures and bruising;
- Sexual abuse - including inter-sibling and inter-generational abuse;
- Fabricated Induced Illness (FII) allegations;
- Cases where there are concurrent criminal proceedings involving charges of murder, attempted murder, sex offences and child cruelty;
Max can assist with all aspects of your case, from providing you with initial legal advice to representing you at court hearings. He is known for his sympathetic, thorough and professional approach, and regularly achieves positive outcomes for his clients.
Max Konarek’s experience enables him to deal with cases that include:
- Public Law Proceedings (Care Proceedings) representing children, parents and other parties with an interest in the case including those invited to intervene;
- Cases where parents are involved with Social Services (Pre-Proceedings Meetings, Child Protection and Child In Need);
- Special Guardianship Order Applications (within Public and Private Law Proceedings);
- Placement Order Applications
- Adoption Order Applications;
- Secure Accommodation Applications;
- Deprivation of Liberty Applications (children);
- Recovery Order Applications;
- Private Law Children Work (Contact and Residence disputes, Prohibitive Steps and Specific Issue applications, Child Abduction applications);
- Injunctions (under the Family Law Act and Harassment Act);
- Forced Marriage Order Applications;
- Applications in the Court of Protection;
- Claims arising under the Human Rights Act due to Local Authority misconduct;
Max is experienced in representing people who are seeking a solicitor who is sensitive to their particular circumstances. Clients he represents include:
- Foreign nationals from various countries where English is not their first language;
- Parents from the Romany Gypsy and Travelling communities;
- Vulnerable adults;
- Parents that are incarcerated;
- Vulnerable adults where the Official Solicitor has become involved.
Max can also deal with applications for injunctive relief, including applications for the return of children following their abduction by the non-resident parent. His experience includes cases governed by the Hague Convention with international child abduction elements where applications have been made in the High Court.
A number of Max Konarek’s cases have been reported and published in the Law Reports.
- B-T (A Child) - UKSC 2020/0134
- B-T (A Child: Threshold Conditions)  EWCA Civ 697
- Re N (A Child)  EWCA Civ 1997
- Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order – failure to assess Mother’s capacity and grandparents)  EWFC B65
- Kent County Council v C & Ors  EWFC B28 (20 March 2018)
- A & Ors (Progress by adults with large family over 12 months. Finely balanced departure from experts opinions)  EWFC B95
- Kent County Council v Z (Family Assistance Order or Supervision Order)  EWFC B63
- Kent County Council v A,B,C and D (children) (Weight to be attached to evidence of child after flawed ABE interviews)  EWFC B72
- Kent County Council v M and K (section 20: declaration and damages)  EWFC 28 (Fam)
- Kent County Council v C and D and A and B (Jurisdiction: Article 20)–  EWFC 73 (Fam)
- Kent County Council v C and D and A and B –  EWFC 72 (Fam)
- N v B & Others  EWHC 820 (Fam)
- LA v DG & Others  EWHC 734 (Fam)