About Us

Wollens Solicitors care team represent parents and carers within complex non-accidental care proceedings which involve allegations of physical abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, fractures, bruises, fabricated illness, etc. We work with clients all over the country (from Cornwall to Newcastle) and represent people in all courts including the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. 

Most of our work is legally aided (parents within care proceedings are automatically entitled to full legal aid).  We deal with a lot of cases where parents transfer their legal aid part way through a case.  

For examples of some of the recent cases we have dealt with, click here. To see what some of our client’s say about us, click here.

I am Rachel Carter, I am a solicitor and Partner at Wollens Solicitors.  

I have worked almost exclusively in complex care proceedings and non-accidental injury for over 15 years; I joined Wollens in February 2012 and continue to focus my work on the representation of parents. I am a member of the Law Society’s specialist Children’s Panel which means I am accredited to represent children (often via a guardian).

I have been awarded the Devon and Somerset Law Society Solicitor of the Year Award 2023 and was shortlisted as a finalist in the national Family Law Awards 2023 as Partner of the Year and Family Law Champion of the Year.  More details can be found here.

Rachel has been awarded the prestigious ACQ Award for Childcare Lawyer of the Year 2020. 

I am supported by Ilke Hatter-Weihs as well as others in the Wollens care team.  


A Thank You isn’t enough ! I am not sure what I would have done without Rachel. Through her expert knowledge and tenacity she literally saved our family.  I would always be left feeling reassured after speaking with her on the phone. As a family we went through a harrowing process but I was so lucky to have Rachel by my side fighting for us!” ‘R’ – Family Client 


Email: info@parentsaccused.co.uk

Telephone: 01803 213 251


I am Victoria Harle and I work in our family department.  I am a qualified lawyer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Having worked alongside Rachel since 2017, I have years of experience in assisting parents and carers accused of non-accidental injury. 

I have also been published in the Family Law Journal writing on the subject of appeals within the Public Child Law system. Find out more here

Victoria jumped straight into action and really made changes in my case. She was professional, calm, meticulous and caring. Thanks to Victoria and the team my children are home where they belong with no findings against me! I can’t thank her enough and could not recommend her more, she’s fantastic!” Family Client 



Email: info@parentsaccused.co.uk

Telephone: 01803 225113